My running a blog has slowed down lots now that I’m in my closing GCSE 12 months at highschool, however final Sunday was an escape from all of the onerous work and an opportunity to take pleasure in some high quality time with nice pals and a few very particular birds.
Parkgate is a tremendous place in any climate (even within the hail, wind, rain and solar we skilled over the course of some hours). That huge salt marsh is dwelling and wintering floor to so many species and all over the place you look there’s something to hone in on.
The marsh stretches for miles and each bit of sunshine and cloud modifications it is look and attracts you into it.
After one other season of Hen Harrier campaigning, it was nice to take pleasure in views of the male and ringtail over wintering at Parkgate. The male turned up shortly after we arrived and flew near the sting of the incoming tide, whist the feminine turned up a lot later within the day, searching nearer to the promenade close to one of many many swimming pools on the marsh.
Raptors have been the spotlight of the day, with extra than simply the Hen Harriers placing on a present; Marsh Harriers, Kestrels, Peregrine, Buzzard, Sparrow Hawk, Merlin and a Barn Owl all drifted in an out of view; some simply giving a short look, however nonetheless nice to see.
The Nice White Egrets have been plentiful and a “blizzard” of Little Egrets have been unfold throughout the marsh. Pink Footed Geese flocked by and huge blended teams of finches dipped up and down all through the day.
There was after all plenty of catching up and speak concerning the Hen Harrier Days earlier within the 12 months and a few plans for subsequent 12 months. A couple of Hen Harrier cards
have been handed out after all and it was nice to satisfy some weblog pals like @NannyBirds.
The tide was no the place close to reaching the promenade wall, nevertheless it did flush the birds nearer and gave us some nice views. Who is aware of what species we missed in the midst of all that catching up!