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Mawdesley/ Croston moss possible Dotterel!.

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gary lilley
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Mawdesley/ Croston moss possible Dotterel!.

Post by gary lilley » Sat Sep 17, 2011 4:29 pm

Just had 3 hours of brilliant birdwatching on the mosses , i arrived at wood end farm area were straight away i spotted a hunting marsh harrier ( the bird was in the area for some time) nearby was a flock of 100+ linnet , further onto the main mawdesley / croston path a small bird flitted past , when i eventually found the bird it turned out to be a female whinchat (first one ive seen on the mosses) at the same time i picked up on goose calls as i looked up there was 50 pinkfoot flying over ( high up) heading towaards martin mere , seconds later i picked up on a strange call ( long drawn out whistle almost bullfinch like) as the call became louder i picked up on a bird flying fast about 30 feet off the ground the bird was a definite plover it headed towards croston finney , my gut feeling was Dotterel , i spent a good hour looking for the bird around meadow lane area but had no luck , other birds , 5 snipe , 1 red leg , 6 buzzard , 1 sparrowhawk , 1 kestrel , 100 linnet ( croston meadow lane , 3 grey wag ( sewage works) 1 grey lag goose , i spotted the female marsh harrier again over croston finney , overall one of the best days birdwatching ive ever had !

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Post by Peter Catterall » Sat Sep 17, 2011 5:36 pm

Wow.. truly a day to remember..

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Post by Bryan Thomas » Sat Sep 17, 2011 7:52 pm

Excellent!

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Post by Chris Rae » Sat Sep 17, 2011 9:11 pm

Gary,

Great birding .

Chris.

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Post by Brian Derbyshire » Sat Sep 17, 2011 9:22 pm

Hi Gary, great day for you, just come back from Anglesey on a fishing week, plenty of small skeins of Pink Foots there, but just want to say we've had Dotterel many years ago on the fields south of Eyes Lane - but these were spring records - great records, well done
Brian

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