Working on the Green Beach again today, dealing death to Sea Buckthorn, where I was joined by John G, who strung up a few single shelf mist nets and managed to catch a Skylark and a Mipit, which were ringed and released.
The Skylark, a male on wing length, was a cracker, not often you get the opportunity to appreciate just how long that hindclaw is...
The Mipit was a juv, nice and yellowy, one of several that went through during the morning - less birds on the move today, or, as is more likely, just as many, only a squillion feet up in the blue sky.
Certainly fewer hirundines on evidence, although parties were still hawking about, and Goldcrests were calling away in the Alder line.
The number of butterflies along the coast was quite striking - MANY Small Tortoiseshell, with Peacocks, Red Admiral and even a Painted Lady, wafting by in the sunshine.
Good numbers of Migrant Hawker and Common Darter too.
Came across an exhausted Guillemot on the sands, which I dropped off at the RSPCA, but otherwise it was as quiet as the comments section on the blog.
After work I was out on Plex Moss for a short time where it was all very serene, with much poultry and Kestrels on the hay bales in the stubble, loadsa Pinkies floating about in the evening air, loafing Buzzards and still at least two Marsh Harriers.
The light was going when I came across the Marsh Harriers, which was a shame - one was eating something in a ploughed field, half obscured by vegetation, while the other went all dihedral on me and headed off into the sunset.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...