I needed to thaw out and at 09.30 I nipped for a brew to Uncle John's in suburbam Marshside and while there recieved a call from Martin McDerby regarding a 'funny grebe' a pal of his had seen on Fairclough's pool. Soon after RSPB warden Alex text me she'd just seen a female long-tailed duck on Fairclough's; 'funny grebe' ID solved. I nipped down and enjoyed good views of the duck, along with several othe local birders; Colin Bushell, Neill Hunt, Mike Stocker, John Mercer and latterly Ron Jackson (see Ribble Estuary Nature facebook page for some excellent video footage of the bird filmed by Ron). The long-tail (don't say that on the Isle of Man) seems to be the Fairhaven bird and was first seen by novice birder Alan Spencer - thanks Alan! A pleasant distraction.
Female long-tailed duck Rimmers marsh, RSPB Marshside, Lancashire. 17/02/13
Rumours of local waxwing sightings had me head along Marine Drive towards Crossens, amazingly I saw five perched next to the roadside near to the 'Welcome to Marshside' sign on the Crossesns/Marshside border (a very real border to those of us who went to school locally....). I parked up and went back to look for them, but alas, they'd moved on. Nevermind, nice to see then even if it was from inside a car at 50mph.
Black-headed gulls flushed on Vinsons marsh, Martin Mere. 17/02/13
Whiffling pink-feet over Sunleys marsh. Martin Mere. 17/03/13