Tuesday, 15 October 2013


Having the week off and the weather being fine we all headed off to Formby with the kids all back at school and being a week day we hoped that the place would be nice and quite making for some good Red Squirrel action.
Getting to Formby for mid morning in wonderful full Sun we found our first Red Squirrel soon as we parked the car, you can't buy nuts any more as it was encouraging in the evil Grey ones! so the Nat Trust have put up Red Squirrel only nut feeders all around the Squirrel walk which means easy viewing.
We enjoyed great views all around the walk and Gem was having a great time watching the Squirrels and playing with the fallen cones and needles.
We also bagged Jay, Great, Blue and Coal Tit, Nuthatch and Great Spotted Woodpecker and we heard two flocks of Crossbill fly over, one even flew over us down on the beach car park.

Red Squirrel at Formby

On the beach we had great views of a small group of Sandling which by staying still and low and allowing the birds to come to me rather than me to go to them I had great close views, wonderful little waders and great fun to watch. Plenty of Razor Shells were on the beach as well as a couple of Oystercatcher.

Sandling on Formby beach

We called in Martin Mere on the way home just to kill an hour or so so we just played in the park and had a coffee before coming home, was a great relaxing day home and some great wildlife was seen to boot.
I even copped a 507 (028)! so only one more to finish off the class.

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