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Little beauties

Posted by on July 3, 2008 12:05 PM | 

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Rich Steel strikes again! Superb shots of gorgeous male Pied Flycatcher here, taken by Rich a week or two back - if only they were commoner in Lancs....
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The link to Rich's site is, as always, on the right.
He explains: "Finally managed some pied flys. I just managed to catch the very last of them at the site I go to in North Wales.
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"I only found two pairs, one having a second brood and the other with just one chick remaining.
"The rest and their young had already disappeared, although where they go to is anyone's guess as they just seem to vapourise."
Hmm, thinking about the Pied Flys flitting off gets me thinking that autumn birdingwise is nearly here.
The Swifts'll be on their way in a few weeks - only one breeding pair around Dempsey Towers this year, and a total of just seven birds screaming around together in the evening at best.
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Once again, thanks for the pictures Rich, just stunning.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies....

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Tried a sea watch at Freshfield yesterday am (Friday), but conditions all wrong and hardly anything seen - just a few Common and Sandwich Tern and 4 Gannets. Following the arrival of 8 coach loads of school children, gave up and went to Formby Channel, but no better here, with just 37 Sandwich and 3 Common Terns on the roost, plus a couple thousand of the usual wader species.

Not relevant to this article but something for your journo instincts.

TWISTER AT MARTIN MERE

http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/192/sightings.html

Click on It's a Twister

A Juv. Water rail at Marshside today (6/7/08) and up to six mini twisters in the sky. They didn't touch the ground but they managed to pull up a giant blue sheet with what looked like a brick attached to it.

Fisherman's Path Seawatch with Jason and Bones.
Common Scoter 70
Manx Shearwater 4
Gannet 3
Great Crested Grebe 4
Sandwich Tern 16
Herring Gull 130
BHG 66
LBB 9
7 Kestrels on Freshfield Dune Heath; Trecreeper and Blackcap at Fishermans Path.

A lone Silver Y on my garden valerian at dusk this evening, the first one I've seen this year, also the first Swallowtail moth patrolling the ivy on the back wall of the house.

Had a quick run around dunes by golf course at Hall Road... saw about 5 juv Whitethroat, Linnet a-plenty, a pair of Sedge Warblers carrying nesting material, 1 Yellow Wagtail (tick), and what looked like a Pied Flycatcher (female or pale male)... could I have been dreaming?

Oh, and a Black Swan was at Crosby Marina 'duck pond' yesterday evening.

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