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.

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Seismic activity at HOM & lots of Linnets

I visited Hesketh Out Marsh for a couple of hours late morning. I was surprised to find some kind of drilling rig in the field right next to the car park entrance. The chaps manning the rig weren't the friendly, chatty types but assured me that the rig was for installing seismic measuring equipment. Presumably to measure the earthquakes the fracking will cause.Don't panic, it might be nothing to do with fracking......

Plenty of birds on show; an adult and a juvenile Avocet pranced around the Scaup pool, where they had eight Greenshanks and six Dunlins for company. Three Little Egrets and eight Grey Herons were too busy sleeping off a hard mornings fishing to worry about earthquakes. Six Kestrels and a Buzzard hunted the outer bank. A single Arctic Tern hung around for most of my visit and I flushed a pair of Grey Partridges on the seawall. Flocks of Linnets were busily feeding on grass seeds and getting flushed by Kestrels; I counted 65 on the reserve and 120 on the NNR at Hundred End. Lots of Small Tortoiseshells nectaring on thistles towards Hundred End - I reckon maybe 60.

The seismic measurement equipment might not have anything to do with fracking.

Dodgyscoped record shot of an Arctic Tern at HOM this morning

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