Nest Finding…

A great break from revision today to join forces with Luke to pin-point a Herony which I’ve been having suspension about for some time now. Before the hunt began we met up at our joint patch, Bidston Moss NR for a catch before business got under way. The reserve was quiet with Great crested Grebe, Common Shelduck and a record number of Common Reed Bunting present, with the highlight being the discovery of a pair of male Common Grasshopper Warbler reeling away behind the sites main lake.


Common Grasshopper Warbler (Locustella naevia)

Great crested Grebe taking off_edited-1

Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus)

Elsewhere on site 20c Common Swift joined up with a mixed flock of 50c Barn Swallow, Sand Martin & Common House Martin, with in support a party of 3 Common Sandpiper darting around the lake. Afterwards Luke took me round to the back pools where I was shown his fantastic discovery of a Little Grebe nest, we added this to my work sheet of nests for the site as I’m one of 600c BTO Nest Recorders.


Little Grebe nest, found & photographed by Luke Anderson.

Once we’d wrapped up here we headed over to where I suspected the herony was and after a good hour over rambling through wet meadows, flooded woodland and brambles, Luke and I came to a stand still as we noticed a Grey Heron fly low over head…which led us to a nest. I was only expecting to find one nest, but our team effort meant that we had roughly eight nests, with three-four being active and a few having prehistoric chicks on show.


The things we do in the name of ornithology…


The habitat of choice for the Herons

Grey Herony_edited-1

Best views obtained out of any of the nests


A pair of very happy NGBs!



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