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It's all good.

Posted by on July 17, 2012 11:31 PM | 

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Just finished a seven day stint of night shifts, and reflecting back over the week, the Sefton coast has been on pretty darn good form - not least down to the Forester Moths doing their thang on the NNR (I took the pic above during a sunny spell on Saturday).
I thought my wonderful, but frustratingly brief, Roseate Tern on Ainsdale beach on Saturday was the bee's knees, until Phil Smith trumped it with his White Letter Hairstreak at the Forester site on Sunday - what an unexpected record!
Here's Phil's pic of the beastie, with Mottled Grasshopper and mating Small Skippers to boot.

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Thanks as ever Phil.
The Forester favoured ragwort also held Small Skipper and many Small Coppers when I visited, but no sign of the Hairstreak - Forester guru John Clews tells me they feed high during the day, but come down to nectar on flowers early morning and late afternoon, so I may have a go for it on Thursday, if the weather improves as forecast.

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Wonderful as all these bugs are, two Little Ringed Plover were a surprise on the Green Beach this evening, dropping into a feeding flock of Dunlin and Ringed Plover.
The latter were extremely aggressive to the smaller LRPs, trying to drive off the two passage birds.
Don't think I've seen LRP in that area before.
Been suffering serious seawatching withdrawal recently, so it may be time to brave the showers at the Tobacco Dump tomorrow.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...

3 Comments

At RSPB Leighton Moss nature reserve in Silverdale, Avocets have already broken records this summer with 40 of their young fledging the nest.
The reserve’s previous record was 11 in 2005; so much excitement has been caused by this fantastic new achievement.

Hi John,This morning, 14 Little Egrets on Marshide Two and Crossens Inner . Group of 7 on M/Side 2 and 7 dotted about in the gullies. Mike

Short visit to Formby beach after high water today - 380 terns on the sands - only eight Sandwich, and the rest Common. One Med Gull too.

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