Lancashire Hotpot.Sunday 31st March 2013

Posted: May 20, 2013 in Birding, Rochdale
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A  full “A” team enjoyed a day out, starting from Dawlish Avenue at the back of Marshside Marsh, Southport.It was very cold and the hoped for Spoonbill was not seen.At the old sand winning plant,  spring finally arrived with 3 male Wheatear seen,its been a long, cold winter,but, they brightened up the mood! At the deserted RSPB hide lots of Avocets were seen and as we searched the marsh for White Fronted Geese we found the Spoonbill.At this point a small falcon was seen chasing a Meadow Pipit,we then all watched a magnificent Merlin for about five minutes as it hunted down its prey,unforgetable! On the outer marsh lots of Pink Feet were seen then a couple of Barnacle Geese but not the White Fronts. Next stop Burrows Marsh on the Fylde as the tide was rising,  for the Water Pipits.It took a while but we had pretty good views of a couple of them and we left all very happy.At Conder Green Pools a Greenshank was seen.We made our way to Leighton Moss then home via the Trough of Bowland and managed to see lots of Red Grouse


Dave O.


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