Thanks to Austin Thomas for this shot of Gropper - a beauty.
"I hope all is well with you", says Austin.
"Time to keep your ears open for the Grasshopper Warblers. They are back on the streets giving it large...
Here is one that you might like to share, taken locally this morning".
Indeed Austin, they are stonking little birds -and with two males reeling in the dunes south of Shore Rd at Ainsdale and birds doing the same in BIrkdale NR as usual, it's a good time to look for the critters before the vegetation gets too rank.
Assuming all the dunes aren't burnt to a crisp by the dregs of the gene pool that is.
Although skulky, Groppers tend to sing from exposed perches early morning - so set your alarm clocks and get reelin'.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...