It's that time of the year again - North West Bird Fair at the weekend.
Good for a bit of socialising and wreckless spending (how can I possibly live without the latest moult guide on antpittas or a waterproof pencil sharpener?), so details follow here.
Seems pretty quiet locally, unless anyone else knows different?
Had a few Redwings calling over Dempsey Towers and small numbers of finches are returning to our feeders.
Expect Martin Mere to be rammed this weekend thanks to the "Autumnwatch effect", but it's still worth going.
My Daily Post column tomorrow is about twitching and global warming - the Murrelet might have sneaked off in Devon, but the Black Eared Kite is still in Lincolnshire, so I expect engines are revving for a big weekend twitch even as we speak.
Looks like November is the new October when it comes to rarities.
Bird Fair details follow.....
"WWT Martin Mere is hosting the North West Bird Watchers Festival on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th November.
Whether you have an interest in bird watching, photography, conservation or the environment, the North West Bird Watchers Festival is an enjoyable and informative day out. With seven guest speakers and a range of stands offering clothing, holidays, binoculars and second hand books in addition to environmental and bird charities, there is plenty to see and do.
There is also plenty for the local community to get involved in with additional swan feeds at 12pm and 12.30pm as well as the normal swan feeds at 3pm and 3.30pm were you can be guaranteed a spectacular sight with over 850 swans currently on the mere. There will also be ringing demonstrations at 11am and 2pm, childrenÃ¢ÂÂs craft activities in the Pond House, a barbecue lunch in the coffee shop or simply browse the gift shop to complete your day.
Guest speakers will talk about species in Midway Island, Costa Rica Ã¢ÂÂ the Neotropical Paradise, Wildlife of Bandhavgarh, In Pursuit of Penguins on Macquarie Island, The Ross Sea in Antarctica and the Sub-Antarctic Islands of New Zealand, and the Twite Colour-ringing Project. All talks will be in the Lecture Theatre and are from 11am to 3.15pm.
Normal admission charges apply to this event. WWT Martin Mere is open every day from 9.30am to 5.30pm and parking is free of charge. Situated off the A59, it is signposted from the M61, M58 and M6. The Centre is also accessible via the Southport to Manchester and the Liverpool to Preston line by train from Burscough Rail Stations."
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies.....