Great Crested Grebe and a Perch, East Lancashire

A VERY ENJOYABLE MORNING BIRDING IN EAST LANCS WITH ALAN McBRIDE started with a quick bite to eat at the A59 Scottish Restaurant, followed by a return to the dotterel on a very misty Pendle, where spring migrants also included six Ring Ouzels and five wheatears. Other notable birds today included a pair of Great Crested Grebes with two small youngsters on Barrow Upper Lodge, a Willow Warbler singing at Moor Piece, eight Common Redshank at Alston Wetland and an early whimbrel on Grimsargh Reservoir, where the supporting cast included 25 curlews, a drake Gadwall and two pairs each of shelduck and shoveler.

Willow Warbler, Moor Piece LWT Reserve

Alan McBride watching his first Ring Ouzels for 40 years on Pendle!