Saturday, 29 August 2015

Ribble Marshes

We spent the day on the Ribble mainly hoping to see the spoonbills which have been in the area recently. Most of our day was at Hesketh Out Marsh, but we also took in Banks Marsh south from Old Hollow (Baxters) Farm and finally Crossens Marsh and Marshside. No sign of the spoonbills anywhere, goodness knows where they hide themselves, but I suppose it is a big estuary.

At Hesketh Out Marsh we saw seven species of raptor, hobby, three marsh harriers, peregrine, two merlins, two buzzards, sparrowhawk and kestrel. Also three yellow wagtails, at least 10 greenshanks, 30 black-tailed godwits and a couple of common sandpipers.

Black-tailed godwits.

Hesketh Out Marsh

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