About Graham Clarkson

Born & brought up in Marshside, I started birding there in the mid 1970s & made my first birding trip to Martin Mere in 1977. I've lived, worked & birdied in Abu Dhabi, Northern Ireland & Gloucestershire & I've spent time working in Kazakhstan & Madagascar. I enjoy birding my various West Lancashire patches, making frequent birding visits throughout the north-west of England and North Wales. I stray elsewhere in the UK & enjoy birding abroad from time to time. I'm particularly interested in wildfowl (especially pink-footed geese) with an interest in waders & raptors, bird counts & surveys & conservation. I'm trying to get the hang of photography & digiscoping - I'll get there eventually.

My degree from Edge Hill University is in conservation biology. I've guided on numerous birding days out & trips & guided birding holidays to Lesvos, Andalucia, Extremedura, Majorca, Camargue, Hungary, Finland & Florida. I enjoy showing people birds & habitats & helping them learn more about birds & enjoy birding. I'm currently involved with the Birdwatching and Beyond course at Edge Hill and a brand new venture; Skein Birding.

As well as birding I'm interested in captive breeding & reintroduction projects & zoos, how they're managed & how they contribute to conservation. I'm a proud Lancastrian & love the Lancashire countryside & landscapes. I'm an Evertonian & also keep up with what's happening at Southport, PNE & Bristol Rovers. Gardening, dogs (I have a Labrador & a Tibetan Terrier) and keeping chickens (especially Marsh Daisys & Scots Dumpy Bantams). Ruth & I have two marvellous boys who both love nature too. I hope you find the blog and subjects covered interesting; please feel free to leave a comment.

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Marshside 31 July 2012

A tea time visit to Marshside was pleasant, no surprises or rarities, just seasonally normal stuff. Counts and details;

Marsh Harrier 1 tatty adult female over Marshside saltmarsh
Little Egret 7 on saltmarsh pools, 5 on Suttons marsh
Grey Heron 3 on saltmarsh pools
Common Sandpiper 2 in front of Sandgrounders
Dunlin 67 on Polly's pool
Redshank 32 on Polly's pool and 8 on Rimmers
Black-tailed Godwit c.250 on Polly's pool and 35 on Rimmers
Ruff 2 moulting adult males on Rimmers
Snipe 18  Rimmers
Coot 229 Rimmers
Gadwall 18 Rimmers
Teal 5 Rimmers
Shoveler 6 Rimmers
Tufted Duck 2 Rainfords lagoon
Wigeon 1 male Rimmers
Pintail 1 female Rimmers
Mute Swan 16 Rimmers
Reed Warbler 2 junction screen
House Martin 65 Rimmers

Common Sandpiper from Sandgrounders hide at RSPB Marshside

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