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Feeding flock blues

Posted by on July 1, 2010 10:11 PM | 

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Tried a quick seawatch on the falling tide off Ainsdale this afternoon - the warm, overcast conditions were good for the site, even though the horizon was still a wobbly blancmangey mess.
The southerly flattened out the waves too, which is always helpful here.
Plenty of gulls (mainly LBBs) and Gannets (30-40) feeding offshore, initially in an area about two thirds of the way out that also appeared to be host to a fin moving south through the water!
Very exciting, but it was too far out to get a decent view, and it went under after about 15-20 seconds.
Could just have been a trick of the light of course, but I don't think so.
Way too big for a Harbour Porpoise, although just one, not two fins visible, which kinda rules out all the Basking Sharks I've seen (all sensible ones in the top half of the Irish Sea should be north of Ailsa Craig at this time of the year anyway).
Wonder what it was?????
Stuck with the feeding flock of gulls and Gannets (there are worse ways to spend a muggy afternoon) in the hope something else may come in too - but not even a sniff of a shear or skua.
A few Common and Sarnie terns in the shallows, and a pair of Great Crested Grebes heading south.
Yesterday checked out the mosses in the wilting heat, Marsh Harrier and all the usual goodies you'd expect out there at this time of year, and pleasing numbers of Small Tortoiseshell.
At least the latter haven't all fallen victim to the Sturmia Bella-caust.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...

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July events at Leighton Moss:

Binoculars and telescopes demonstration
Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 July (10 am – 4 pm)
An opportunity to try out binoculars, telescopes and digi-scoping and receive impartial advice. Free admission to the demonstration.

Wednesday walkabout: marsh harrier magic
Wed 14, 21, 28 July (11 am – 1 pm)
Look out for our young marsh harriers leaving their nest and learning how to use the air beneath their wings. Cost: RSPB members: adults £2, children £1, family £4, non-members: adults £4.50, children £2, family £9. No need to book.

The Wild Art of Leighton Moss
Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 July (10 am – 5 pm)
A Summer exhibition by Marianne Birkby in our education room. Free entry to the exhibition.

Cycling in the Arnside and Silverdale AONB: evening meal and talk
Tuesday 20 July (7-9.30 pm)

Tony Riden, Countryside Officer for Arnside and Silverdale AONB, will give a colourful slide-talk of the many places, views and wildlife that can be seen, heard and smelt whist enjoying the fresh air and good exercise of a cycle ride, the most environmentally friendly and sustainable way to travel and see the AONB. Beforehand, enjoy a two course home-cooked meal (a pre-booked veggie option is available and B.Y.O bottle). Booking and payment in advance essential. Cost: £16 (RSPB members £14).

Wildlife Art Exhibition
Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 July (10 am – 5 pm)
Artwork will be exhibited from Sean Wood of ‘The Laughing Badger Gallery’ in Glossop and Lakeland Wildlife Artist, Bob Fletcher in our education room over the weekend. Free entry to the event.

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