13 Apr 2008

A wet weekend in Cheshire

POETS day. That's friday - Piss off early tomorrows Saturday! So with glee I left the office to pick up Le Donis and the Apprentice for a trip to the eastern most boundary of this fair county. Our target was Ring Ouzel. A male had been reported singing at one of the regular sites so we were hopeful despite the inclement weather. Sure enough we were treated to superb views of a male and later a female. Nearby a single Red Grouse showed briefly but the local Dippers were more accomodating. A fly over Crossbill at Trentabank before the hail started falling was not relocated but we did manage a couple of Mandarin.

Saturday was a red letter day for my local patch of Stanney Woods. A male Lesser-spotted Woodpecker drumming and singing. A rare bird here. The last confirmed sighting was 10 years ago although several have been heard in the last couple of years. It was still there today.

Inner Marsh Farm RSPB didn't disappoint with female Marsh Harrier, Little Ringed Plover, Avocets, Spotted Redshank and a pair of Med Gulls (adult & 2nd summer). This fantasic little reserve will, if rumours are correct, soon be vastly increased in size with another hide and a new reception centre.

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