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.

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Ribble patching

I visited the Ribble NNR & RSPB Hesketh Out Marsh on Tuesday evening in beautiful weather. Highlights on the  NNR (from the seawall at Old Hollow farm)  were; 1 juv Curlew Sand, 1 juv Little Stint (in the heavily poached mud front left), 3 juv Ruff, 3 Avocet, 2 LRP, numerous Dunlin & Ringed Plover, 362 Golden Plover, 760 Teal, 275 Wigeon, 9 Gadwall, 10 Shoveler, 4 Pintail and a juv Merlin. At RSPB Hesketh Out Marsh were;  2 Spotted Redshank (one on Scaup pool briefly then flew towards Banks, the other calling opposite the car park at dusk), 4 Greenshank, 36 Redshank, 8 Curlew, 1 juvenile male Ruff, 12 Golden Plover, 4 Wheatear, juv Marsh Harrier, 3 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard, 2 Little Egret and a Barn Owl hunting around the car park at dusk. A very pleasant couple of hours spent local, patch birding. I recommend it.

 Brown Hare leveret near Hesketh Out Marsh
Wheatear at Hesketh Out Marsh
Juvenile male Ruff at Hesketh Out Marsh
Merlin, Ribble NNR, Banks marsh
Showing well at dusk from Hesketh Out Marsh

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