Sod's law, just as John Gramauskas and I were about to embark on a great big, Ainsdale to Southport, birdcount today, we encountered this tired old Gannet on the beach...so had to bundle it up in a box and keep it quiet for awhile before releasing it on Sands Lake (it's quieter there, and not even the Mute Swans would hassle a critter with a dagger bill like this).
Doubt it'll make it, but there you go, stuff karks it (and I can't promise to refrain from taking pix of stiffs!!!).
Thanks to Ralph Jones for the excellent shot above of the rarely seen combo of Gannet and Mute Swan.
The latter backed off as soon as they checked out the mother of all switchblades that the sula calls a bill.
Although the bird was covered in lice, remarkably, the bug survives only on Gannet, so once the itching and bleeding stops, I should be okay (but for gawd's sake don't tell the missus).
Plenty of Swallows moving through today, and a juv Peregrine on the sands off Weld Road.
Garganey and Greenshank at Marshside, and Yellow Wag and Common Buzzard through at Ainsdale.
Ralph also sent me these cool shots of an adult Sabs cutting through the surf at New Brighton on Friday...what seawatching is all about.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...