Saturday, February 27, 2010


No ringing for me this morning when no one else seemed available, so last night I looked forward to whatever came along. I didn’t set the alarm clock but let my natural rhythms take account of the increasing light of the spring which woke me before 0630. Not quite the 0330 start that a month or twos time promises but still a shock to the system after the long winter nights. Warm and snug under the duck down duvet did at least inspire me to think about where to go – Knott End to try and get a few pictures of the jetty loving Eider but also the regular flock of Twite. I emptied yet another can of de-icer on the car windscreen and set off.

Of course Twite twittered long before twittering became the latest and most imperative social function; after all, that’s how they came to be called Twite. I saw and heard the flock of 25, take one or two, twittering away from the roof of a block of flats where they go when disturbed by bird watchers, photographers and uncontrolled dogs. They twittered from the ridge tiles, twittered when they flew down, twittered as they fed on the marsh, then twittered all over again when they went for a fly around. And I got a few pictures even though the light was pretty poor, but I need to go back when it’s sunny.



As I hung around the jetty I think the ferry man set off from Fleetwood for my fare but then seemingly then turned around mid stream when I walked in the other direction. Hope I didn’t wreck his early brew, but my mission was more important than his first cup of tea. The tide rolled in slowly to allow my counts of 1200 Oystercatcher, 15 Turnstone, 18 Redshank, 1 Ringed Plover, 55 Knot, 2 Cormorant, 65 Shelduck, 5 Eider, 2 Pied Wagtails and 1 Meadow Pipit. The Eider were not very accommodating, waddling off into the water instead of sitting watching the world go by from the jetty end as they usually do.




Ringed Plover


Pied Wagtail

It’s a shocking forecast for Sunday and whilst it looks like the south of England will bear the brunt of rain, I don’t see us northerners getting out either. Then on Monday I’m off to ditch the old Honda and trade it in for another product from The Land of the Rising Sun which will at least allow me to go Lancaster way incognito for a while until PW susses me out. Tuesday is babysitting so that’s me thwarted for a day or two.

But it’s only two weeks before we see one of these fellas to cheer us up.

Picture courtesy of Bjorn Torrisen at



Neil said...

Nice photos! Twite and eider are two birds I'm yet to see in the wild.

Pete Woodruff said...

I'm still sneaking in here for a daily look Phil.

Trying to work out how many 'brands' of Japanese cars I'll need to check so that you can't be dodging my radar screen at CG.

Tabib said...

Not bad at all consider the low lighting.
The Ringed Plover, Turnstone and Pied Wagtail are great pictures. Perhaps taken earlier during good light.
Happy birding! ;)

Unravel said...

The Twite looks so cute but I guess my fave one is the eider. Love the black and white and green pattern!

eileeninmd said...

Looks like a great day of birding! I loved all the photos. The Eider is great and the wagtail and plovers are so cute.

S.C.E. said...

Nice shots of the Twites, I used to see that flock at Marshside back in the early 80's...................haven't seen any anywhere since mind you.

Andrea said...

Great pictures! In find birds to be very photogenic and love photographing them as well!

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