The exitment started at the slipway as there was about 20 Twite flitting about. A good start to the outing. We continued down the prom then past some cottages to a jetty that overlooked the River Wyre and a creek opposite that had several species of duck including Wigeon Mallard and Teal.
Climbed down steps and walked along the beach for a few 100 yards to climb some steps then followed an old walkway lined with scrubs leading to Hackensall Hall. This building was being refurbished and was fenced off. There was a few species of small birds in the grounds.
There was a hedge that could be seen from this point. It had a few small birds coming and going so it was decided to follow an access lane to get a closer look.
Walked back through an housing estate to the shore. Then turned left back the cars for lunch.
In the afternoon we all drove to Pilling Sewage farm as there was a Siberian Chiff Chaff there. There was a few people there already which made life easier. Saw 2 Chiff Chaffs, one of which was paler flitting about the settling tanks and a hedge at the back. Could this be the Siberian?
Continued onto Eagland Hill to look for the juvenile Purple Heron.
Again there was a few people looking over a field covered in reeds without luck. A Barn Owl flew from an old Nisson hut. It swooped down onto an unsuspecting field mouse and carried it in its mouth then transferred it to its talons in one movement.
After a while another group from around the corner texted to say that the Heron could be seen in a ditch.
Everyone raced around to see it but only partial views of its head were seen.
A great first outing of the new year.