Spring moving

Gadwall

Not a vintage last few days for photos but a few interesting birds around at least: Black-winged Stilt, Green Sandpiper, Grey-tailed Tattler, Kentish Plover, Shoveler, Gadwall, Great Egret, Pacific Swift, Wryneck, Red-flanked Bluetail, Red-cheeked Starling, Black-throated Diver, White-fronted Goose………..

Most interesting was this briefly seen Eurasian Spoonbill. Only the 5th one I’ve seen in Japan.

Eurasian Spoonbill

Another old haunt

Gadwall

I managed to revisit another old haunt when I was back in the Uk: Saeforth Dock Pools in Liverpool.

You need a permit to get in these days and the reserve has seen better days and is just about clinging on. It is surrounded by new buildings and a lot of the birds seem to have gone. It used to be famous for Little Gulls but apparently they no longer visit.

There were a few common ducks around like the above Gadwall and lots of Shelduck (I’ve only ever seen one in Japan).

Common Shelduck

There were also a few common waders around: Dunlin, Red Knot, Eurasian Curlew etc.