09/04/2013 Marshside RSPB

 Avocet: I started off this day by meeting up with Scott Reid a fellow RSPB colleague who is a very good wildlife film maker and photographer.

We started our day up at World's End and struck lucky with 2 male Black Grouse, we were unable to go all the away across due to the snow, it was like Siberia up there.

We then headed over to Marshside RSPB reserve, we thought we would be close to Preston just in case the illusive Killdeer made an appearance. I've never been to Marshside before and was impressed, the hides are good the marsh and inland fresh water lagoons are great and the main hide gives you the chance to get up close an personal with Avocet.

Scott spotted a Rock Pipit from the main hide and we saw a few Sand Martin flying around the marsh near the car park, there was also a few Red Legged Partridge in the fields around the reserve. We just missed the long staying Spoonbill as the volunteers told us it had just flown off, possibly to Martin Mere.