A Bahama Pintail, albeit a decidedly cute looking one, was not what I had in mind when I checked the Sands Lake at Ainsdale early doors with Ralph Jones this morning.
A shame, as with a Wheatear or two about, several alba wags, Grey Wag, Mipits and even a Chiffy attempting some half-hearted song in the White Poplars, I had hoped for a bit more - especially as rarity after rarity continues to pitch down on the east coast (will one of you PUR-LEASE push through to the west now?)
Anyone know who the Bahama Pintail belongs to?
If they don't come and get it soon, it'll become part of the bread scavenging furniture.
A Kestrel feeding out over the shallows , and an adult male Grey Seal hauled out on a sandbank were noteworthy on the beach in the morning, otherwise, just hirundines and Red Admirals pushing through.
Despite the wind, young Common Lizards were basking in the afternoon sun, no Sand Lizards today though.
Lastly thanks to Mike Bird for these shots of Harlequin Ladybird larva - nasty looking little critters...
"Found over 20 Harlequin Ladybird larva on a Sycamore by Southport Muni-Golf club", Mike explains.
"These were on the lower branches, So there must have been many over the rest of the tree. The photos are a bit blurred but you can make out the markings of this species.
"Also they are a lot bigger than our other species".
Definitely not one to stick in your billies.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...