Ay Caramba, crops higher than the Baby Black Death out on the Withins this afternoon, as the greens and yellows ripened into browns and tans, and a BIG passage of Common Swifts tanked through.
Not much else on the mosses though, apart from meandering feeding flocks of hirundines, and a Hobby in the usual area, arcing high high high up as it chased insects, and was pestered by unwise Swallows.
A juv Peregrine got serious on Haskayne Moss, buzzing panicking corvids, Woodpigeons and finches, but despite three stoops, it headed off to the south east empty handed/taloned.
Fair numbers of Whimbrel (5-6 birds) on the foreshore between Ainsdale and Freshfield for the last few days, but perhaps more impressive was my discovery of a piece of fresh ginger shaped like an elephant as I did the weekly shop today.
How could I resist it?
Even got a few shots of it in the garden, while Holly Blue, Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral and Cabbage White were coming and going.
Clearly about as good as shopping gets....and far more dignified than twitching a disorientated purple chicken in a Cheshire ditch (please tell me NONE of you fell for that one)...
I was about to contact Ripley's/Guinness (re the Elephant Ginger NOT the Cheshire chicken) when Mrs D announced she was going to whip up a demon curry, and before you could say "toast-shaped-like-baby-jesus" the root was diced, spliced and in the marinade.
"Relax", explained the boss, "it was clearly an Indian Elephant."
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...