Wild, wild wind today effectively killed any chance of significant passage, and yet Swallows were still hurtling through, and good numbers of Swifts were feeding over the copses on Plex this evening, which was all very Wheateary, Whimbrely, Whitethroaty and White Wagtaily, but sadly nothing beginnning with "D" there, and we're heading out of prime time for another year...
A Peregrine mobbed a Common Buzzard for a time, idly swooping and gliding away from the bigger raptor until the buzz lashed out with its talons - no one likes a smart*rse.
Earlier in the day a young female Sand Lizard was out on a dune ridge at Ainsdale, and on the edge of the Green Beach north of Weld Road a good group of six Dunlin, two Ringed Plover and three Wheatears proved that even if the wind was flattening everything, a few birds kept on moving.
Working down in the long grass at Formby over the weekend, with all the commoner warblers in the dunes and a scattering of Wheatear.
Some cracking clumps of Star of Bethlehem blooming at the moment, but the real floral action will be starting in a few weeks.
Interesting to read recent comments about Redpoll - a fine male was displaying around the entrance to Lifeboat Road car park in Formby yesterday afternoon.
Perhaps they're gonna have a good year for once.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...