With a wingspan like that (160cms, keep up at the back there!), hitting it with a spade would probably only make it angry.
But at least you can get an idea of the scale.
These are, of course, the mystery remains I mentioned a day or two ago on the blog, that Duncan Rothwell found during a tideline corpse clear-up when the high winds had dropped between Ainsdale and Birkdale.
Nowt else left of the bird unfortunately, but from these pics you can see a clear contrast between the uniform brown coverts and the solid darker primaries, secondaries and tertials.
Huge secondary bulge on it as well - but that could be caused by feather displacement post mortem.
Some of the feathers on the coverts showed paler edging, but this could just have been the result of wear after death too.
Any advance in the id sweep from Marsh Harrier or Osprey? What do you think?
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...