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Living in hope

Posted by on October 22, 2011 6:25 PM | 

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Difficult to put the splendours on Scilly and Shetland out of my mind at the moment, but both are beyond the pocket of the penniless, so I had to make do with an hour or so in the Sandplant compound this afternoon.
I know, it's not the same as Waterthrush or Rubythroat, but what can you do?
A few Mipits in the compound, with Skylarks going over, and a nice Wheatear feeding at the west end.
The covey of eight Grey Partridges whirred by, and Reed Buntings were in the last vestiges of cover at the tip.
A Peregrine went over to spook everything on Marshside One, and on the outer marsh, three Rock Pipits were calling.

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Down at Taggs and Weld Road, it was pretty quiet, and a fair number of folk were out, so it was nice to get a Stonechat - maybe more survived last winter's big freeze than we thought.
Small Tortoiseshell and Migrant Hawker there, alongside Little Egret, Shelduck and Pied Wags etc.
Not much moving through Ainsdale yesterday at work, hardly surprising given the presence of a Peregrine lurking off the Green Beach for most of the morning.

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A different colour ringed Black Headed Gull though, which Duncan R is hoping to track down.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...


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Sorry I am a bit late, but I saw a Stonechat last Monday in Hall Road dunes close to path adjacent to the 4th hole fairway on the West Lancs golf course. First one since before the big freeze last winter! It was with a Whinchat.

Good session at Marshside/Crossens 1130-1500, with Neill and Phil Johnson. 5 Marsh Harriers, 1-2 Merlins and single Peregrine and Buzzard over the saltmarsh, total 26 Ruffs, 2000+ Black-tailed Godwits, 16 Little Egrets. Passerine migrants included single Rock Pipit, Wheatear and Grey Wagtail.

The RSPB’s Feed the Birds Day is on 29 October this year and is a reminder that garden wildlife needs our help during the colder months of the year.
As the clocks go back and winter arrives, the extra food, water and shelter we provide for birds and other creatures could be the difference between life and death for many species.
Birds appreciate our help with supplementary food all year round but there is no time like the autumn to step up your feeding and the RSPB is asking everyone in Merseyside to keep feeders and bird tables topped up.
If you can afford bird food such as mixed seed, nyjer seed and peanuts then that’s great but, as many of us are cutting back in these financially difficult times, the good news is you don’t need to spend a fortune to keep your garden wildlife fed.
Kitchen scraps like leftover rice and pasta, breakfast cereals (minus the milk) and unsalted bacon rind will do the job just as well.
A supply of fresh water is also essential for bathing and preening.
The wildlife charity says that if you want to get a bit creative with your feeding, garden birds will be just as appreciative of a slap up meal ‘wildlife-style’ as human dinner guests. There are loads of cheap and easy-to-prepare recipes such as crumble pastry maggots, birdcake, and suet and nut log.
The RSPB is offering a FREE pack for anyone interested in finding out more about feeding their garden birds and wildlife...for more information go to www.rspb.org.uk/feedthebirds

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