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Hordes of Hobby bait

Posted by on July 31, 2012 9:02 PM | 

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A bumpy tour round Plex this afternoon (the track seems to get worse every time I visit) revealed large numbers of hirundines zipping over the fresh stubble and perching on overhead wires - mainly Swallows and House Martins, with one or two Sand Martins amongst 'em.
Plenty of Swifts too.
Hoped they may tempt a Hobby into action, but those critters never seem to play to a gallery, thereby retaining their enigmatic chops.
Kestrels hunting the fields for insects or something bigger, especially when farm vehicles began moving through the crops - opportunists as ever.
Corn Bunts, Yellowhammer and Chiffchaff still singing, but a gloomy overcast afternoon was hardly the best time for a spot of digiscoping.
A quick walk along Haskayne Cutting pushed up plenty of Gatekeepers from the vegetation, but the site seemed disenfranchised of dragonflies.
Conditions couldn't be much worse for 'em, and I only managed a handful of Common Darters there.
I headed off as the rain began, but stopped at the Ainsdale end to admire two Marsh Harriers moving south east at about 1500.
One was a dark-winged young bird, but the poor light prevented me from making out any details on the other one.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...

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4 Little Terns with the tern roost at Albert Rd at noon today, Wheatear between Albert Rd and Cabin Hill yesterday.

Just sitting in the garden in Greenwich Rd Aintree a bird which caught my eye turned out to be a PEREGRINE FALCON with a food parcel in its talons flying towards Fazakerley Hospital.

Ringtail Hen Harrier over Marshside Two yesterday morning.

4th August: Hoylake/Red Rocks at high tide. Hundreds of Sandwich/Common Terns making a fantastic sight. A lot of juveniles. Decent numbers of Little Terns which is good to see. One Arctic Skua harassing the terns before high tide. Several distant Gannets.

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