Saturday 8 January 2011
Lancashire Birding & Sandbach
Myself & Bill headed to Lancashire for a spot of birding & twitching. First stop was Fairhaven lake at Lythem for a Red Necked Grebe that had been there all week. It was a cracker too preforming close to the shore, other birds to note were a fine pair of Red Breasted Mergansers. Further up the coast Red Breasted Goose had been noted by the time we arrived all the Geese were out of sight the Red one had not been seen for some time. Plenty of birders out searching too including a few Stoke lads, after a couple of fruitless hours and poor views of even the Pink Feets it was time for move. The tide was well in so many of the Ribble waders would be at roost else where (perfect times for plan A Scoter watching N Wales) but of course we chose plan B. We decided head for Marshside for a good general mix of birds but the phone buzzed saying the Iceland Gull was back at Preston docks & we were only 6 miles away so it would of been rude not to say Hi to it. Cracking views of the juvenile as roosted on concrete blocks in the docks. With still a couple of hours before sunset we managed throw in a visit to Sandbach Flashes, nothing out of the ordinary in the Gull roost, Common, GBB, LBB, Herring & Black headed Gull all present as where the normal duck and geese. 2 Ruff were feeding in amongst the Lapwings and the feeding station held common tits and Great Spotted Woodpecker but no Tree Sparrows. I hope to pop up Lancs again soon for a non twitching session just to see the outstanding numbers of waders & ducks on the various estuaries plus have a play at digyscoping.