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    Not much about on Hesketh?

    August 15: Returning from a quick visit to Hesketh West to see digger-driver John, I reflected on the fact that it had seemed ‘very quiet’ bird-wise but that actually when I added up what had been seen, it was still quite a haul. I managed...
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    Waterbirds Over Winter = WOW!

    Winter is one of the most exciting times at Hesketh Out Marsh, and sightings this year have been spectacular as ever! Here at the heart of the Ribble Estuary, one of the UK’s most important locations for wintering wildfowl and waders, the reserve...
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    Recent sightings: autumn is coming!

    Some people may be unhappy at me for saying this but autumn has already begun, for some birds at least. This is particularly noticeable as wading birds that have failed to breed are now returning from further north. The two species that are almost always...
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    Recent Goings On

    Now that the sun is shining, spring has well and truly arrived. Recently, the RSPB has led a guided walk to highlight the wildlife finding a home at Hesketh Out Marsh and the surrounding area. Although the weather conditions were ideal for wildlife watching...
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    Buff-breasted sandpiper still showing well

    The juvenile buff-breasted sandpiper that turned up at Hesketh Out Marsh on Sunday is still there and showing well this morning. Best views are by the large tree trunks on the top of the sea wall.
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    An alternative Air Show

    Click here to find out more about our Air Show with a difference.
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    Knots fear not

    The big ‘spring’ tides of the autumn blow in again soon (seasons can get confusing can't they!) and the birds are even more mobile than usual. On the September spring tides our Marshside guided walk participants enjoyed some great close...
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    Flooded track

    Dib road track is flooded between the farm house and our car park. Please take extreme care if visiting the reserve by car. Maybe leave the car at home, put on your wellies and take a walk to the reserve down one of the many footpaths in the area.
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    Spring tides hit the Ribble

    Spring tides hit the Ribble Visitors are invited to the RSPB’s Marshside and Hesketh Out Marsh nature reserves to witness the high “spring” tides and the spectacular wildlife spectacle they bring to the Ribble estuary. Spring tides...
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    Hedge-laying helps wildlife

    There has been some exciting RSPB management at Hesketh Out Marsh recently which I will have a stab at describing here. We were fortunate to receive grant aid through Higher Level Stewardship for hedge-laying work. This funding was only available for...
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    Beautiful Barn owl

    Last Wednesday evening I had an amazing view of a Barn owl as it flew right over my head! I was lucky to watch it for quite a while as it was hunting along the bottom of the sea wall next to the hedge heading straight towards me, as I was walking along...
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    Great views of Great White

    A Great white egret has been at Hesketh Out Marsh since wednesday 26 October. It has been seen everyday in the lagoons or creeks on the reserve, and yesterday was very close to the sea wall and viewing platform especially as the tide was coming in.
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    Crossbill! -a first for HOM

    A near verbatim report from Colin again - "During a High tide wildfowl count today a Crossbill headed SE calling as I was watching Barn Owl at 12.50PM at the east end of the reserve; 2 Sandwich Terns heading up-river, 2 Marsh Harriers, 12 Kestrels...
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    Autumn round the corner?

    This is a verbatim report from one of our local birders - thanks, Colin. "My first Merlin (a female) of the autumn at HOM lunchtime! The biggish tide pushed a few more birds onto the reserve including 12 Little Egrets, 15 Greylags, 8 Teal, 10...
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    Transition time again

    There are still up to 3000 Pink-foots with the odd Barnacle around and the usual cast of raptors but they have been joined by singing Chiffchaffs, Corn Buntings and Willow Warblers, Wheatears and Meadow Pipits. Swallows have been reported and Avocet numbers...
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    Spring really is coming!

    Our ex-warden visited this morning and found plenty of evidence; singing skylarks, displaying lapwings and a curlew displaying. Other highlights were 2 marsh harriers, 1 merlin, 1 buzzard, 1 little egret, 2 corn buntings, 3 reed buntings and loads...
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    The move out has started.

    This verbatim report from last Sunday would indicate that the spring migration is underway. "The Marsh was reliable for raptors with single female Hen Harrier and Marsh Harrier over the saltmarsh and a male Sparrowhawk along the lanes. There seemed...
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    Spring migrations underway.

    This verbatim report from last Sunday would indicate that the spring migration is underway. "The Marsh was reliable for raptors with single female Hen Harrier and Marsh Harrier over the saltmarsh and a male Sparrowhawk along the lanes. There seemed...
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    Disabled access.

    The disabled access path to the viewing area is now complete and today there are still large numbers of migratory swans present. 28 Bewick's Swans and 136 Whoopers were on the fields inland of the seawall. 80 Linnets were feeding around the car...
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    Swans and raptors.

    The marsh is a reliable feast of both at the moment. Make the most of it before the winter migrants leave and the raptors disperse as their 'ready meals' are harder to come by. Today, 159 Whoopers and 7 Bewick's Swans were seen. Raptors...
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    Raptor Heaven

    A near verbatim report from our ex-warden who visited the reserve today with a fellow birder. "I managed the magnificent seven by 4 p.m. and between us we worked out the following numbers; Hen Harrier (3 ringtails), 2 Marsh Harriers (adult female...
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    January at the Marsh

    One of our regular birders out today recorded two ringtail Hen Harriers - one female over the stubble and a smaller bird possibly and immature male, one with white in the wing coverts of the right wing and paler outer tail feathers. Also seen were 2 adult...
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    Birds must like it here!

    These sightings are 2010 highlights from regular birders and cover the whole of the Ribble Estuary Nature Reserves. Many are from Hesketh Out Marsh which has has produced some most rewarding experiences considering the reserve has only been in existed...
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    Good show in spite of weather!

    Between 8.15 - 9.35 this morning although the weather was a bit grim the birding was good. A single Lapland Bunting was with the Linnet flock of c.300 in the bird seed mix field. Also there, 17 Reed Buntings, 55 Bramblings and 25 Tree Sparrows. There...
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    In the bleak Midwinter

    An an almost verbatim report from our ex.Warden. "Late this afternoon I had an excuse to drive from Southport the long way home via the Marsh, it was well tidy; in the wild bird cover I saw - c.450 Linnets, 30 Bramblings, 25 Chaffinches, 12 Corn...