Hungry for more, Mark did the driving again today...
Rain stopped play at Leighton Moss so we headed for the Fylde coast: drier but much, much windier. Scanning a group of Pink-footed Geese at Pilling Lane Ends we searched in vain for the Pale-bellied Brent goose. The Pomarine Skua at Cockers Dyke proved equally elusive, but an unexpected flock of Twite almost made up for it...
With the tide sweeping in, we decided to head towards Fleetwood. Mark had never seen a Shore Lark before but would this long-staying character still be there?...
A very patient Mark Abram did the driving today. Heading firstly for Leighton Moss, we noticed the weather steadily worsening, so at junction 35 of the M6 we did a u-turn and headed towards the Fylde instead. Arriving at Marton Mere around noon, we walked to the far north-western side of the lake where six serious birders stood staring at a bush, but what was all the fuss about? Ten minutes later, we found out...
No sign of the Long-eared Owls, we headed for Lytham Crematorium, like you do...
A distant Merlin at Warton Bank (too distant to photograph) rounded off a pretty decent day. I'm still buzzing about the Firecrest, not a winner, but a first for me in the UK. A slap-up roast dinner awaited us back at home: Mark, Anne, Daniel, Gary, Lynne, Ben, Holly and myself stuffed ourselves merrily. Isn't life great!? Especially wildlife!
First bird photo of 2015: Bittern at Leighton Moss. Mark and I arrived at Public Hide at 10.40 to be greeted instantly by this bird on the opposite bank. Not a great shot but great to watch through the scope.
First mammal picture of 2015: Otter. 3 of them altogether, playing for a good half hour opposite Lower Hide. Got quite close to pheasants and marsh tits too along the way.
Journeyed home via Pilling to scan the fields and usual hotspots down Bradshaw Lane...