Nearly at the end of a week of scrub clearing in Ainsdale/Birkdale LNR, mostly a bit November dark and gloomy to tell the truth, with Magpies, Woodies, woodsmoke and Kestrels for company, but the work needs to be done.
Hearing and occasionally seeing a few Bullfinch on the site, which is only to be expected, but nice all the same.
The roving titmice flocks drag one or two Goldcrests along to keep me on me toes, but I could do with a few wider horizons...
All these reports of Beans and Whitefronts from the mosses are mighty tempting, so I might have to have a hunt for them this weekend.
Speaking of the mosses, thanks to Neil Roberts for sending me his latest shots of the big falcon that has been prowling the area - the bird does look more like a Gyr/Saker cross in these shots, but a mean beast all the same.
And on the subject of surreal raptors, thanks also to John "Mad Dog" Bannon for the following two pix of a falconer's white phase Gos (wild ones live up in Siberia) that is occasionally flown down Sefton Meadows way.
Imagine seeing a real one (ie not captive) of these beauties - a superb bird, even with all the jesse/telemetry mallarkey.
John heard about this monster while trying to get gen on the big fat Gyr/Saker.
I'd like to be able to say no pheasants were injured in the shooting of these pictures, but somehow I don't think that would be true.
Wonder how much it costs to get to Siberia.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...