Kinda quiet on the coast today, once we'd removed another tsunami of rubbish from the beaches after a hot day yesterday (why can't folk take their crap home with them???!!), but at lunchtime I went and had a quick look at some of the trickier plants on the Green Beach - namely Crucifers.
This masochism was inspired by a patient masterclass from Phil Smith yesterday - I decided I must try and grapple with these plants, having wisely steered clear of 'em for a lifetime.
The one above is a Sea Radish (I think), pretty common, but highly variable - it looked better yesterday (honest), before the flowers had fallen off, but they're a mighty tricky group all the same.
Two Natterjacks out there, a few Skylarks, Mipits and Shelduck, and plenty of hawking Swallows.
Back at Dempsey Towers, things have been rather quiet of late, probably due to the arrival of two of these characters below, a shifty presence at the bottom of the garden for the last three days.
Don't get me wrong, I like corvids, they're real characters, I just don't like 'em lurking about the back garden (how nimby can you get?) eyeing up young birds etc.
But if you think they're dull, check out this albino Jackdaw, seen recently by Rich Steel - how cool is that?
Anyway I was mooching about at Dempsey Towers at 7.30pm this evening, when one of the most ridiculous calls in the UK avifauna heralded the arrival of a Ring Necked Parakeet!
It flew into a neighbour's sycamore and sat hunched up and miserable in the strengthening breeze and cool rain.
Typically by the time I'd gone and got my 'scope for a touch of digi-squawkering, it had disappeared.
I may get lucky and it might show up again, but they are quite sneaky at the best times.
Got me thinking about the bird seen in Birkdale on June 11th (comment on Birdblog entry "Gloop") - could it be the same individual, or are they slowly moving into the area?
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...