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Gannet for lunch

Posted by on October 28, 2012 6:05 PM | 

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On a rainswept and wind battered Ainsdale Beach today, not much was on the move, apart from the kitesurfers, but at least a young GBB was disgracing itself with the remains of a Gannet corpse that came in on the morning tide.
Now I don't know about you, but I can think of better places to put my head than up a Gannet's backside on a Sunday - whether the seabird in question is brown bread or not.
Takes all sorts I suppose.

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A few Mipits in the dunes as the rain continued, with a handful of Pied Wags and one or two Robins, but not much else.
Down at Weld Road there were about 50 Twite, which were broken up in several groups, including a party of 32 mixed in with Linnets.
One smaller gang was on the seawall, looking wet and bedraggled, and even less enigmatic than usual.

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Couldn't see any colour rings on them - but conditions were not that great for ring finding or digi-binning.
500-600 roosting Cormorants between Ainsdale and Birkdale, with Barwits, Grey Plover, Sanderling and Oycs, and offshore not much apart from Common Scoter and four Pintail south.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...

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Had a good look yesterday, starting in the cuttings on the edge of Royal Birkdale at Selworthy Road and doing the scrub along the edge of the the golf course and then moving onto the nature reserve itself.
Lots of tits, including some bumper Long Tailed parties and a few Goldcrest, Fieldfare, a single Redpoll and the usual suspects.
Nice late autumn birding.

Hi John, Brent Goose with the Pinks on Crossens Inner this afternoon. Mike.

34 Little Egrets at Marine Lake roost by 4.30pm along with a fair few roosting Magpies & Collared Doves, being eyed up by a passing Sparrowhawk.
I was just leaving when the Great White Egret flew in.

Hi John,
The colder weather seems to have brought a couple of visitors into a garden.
A Song Thrush appeared this morning and kept making brief excursions out of the bushes to eat some of the suet pellets that I'd left on the ground.
Meanwhile, a Brambling arrived with a group of Goldfinches and Greenfinches and stayed most of the morning scoffing sunflower hearts.
I took a photograph but I'm not sure how to send it to you .
Cheers,
Colin.
JD: Nice one Colin! I'll send you an e-mail address...

The RSPB is on the lookout for volunteers to ensure a brand new hide, due to open at RSPB Point of Ayr, remains in tip top condition after the previous hide was destroyed by vandals.
The hide, on the Dee Estuary, replaces the original which sadly had to be demolished in 2008 due to excessive and mindless vandalism. But nature lovers will once again be able to enjoy the sights and sounds the reserve has to offer, and the RSPB is inviting people to help celebrate its launch with a free open day on Saturday 3 November.
Austin Morley, a volunteer at RSPB Dee Estuary said: “It was a huge shame when the old hide was damaged beyond repair. We really hope people will come forward to help us keep the new hide in prime condition and preserve it for future generations.”
The newly constructed hide means nature lovers will be able to get up close to one of the best spectacles in the area, when the high tide pushes birds and wildlife closer to the shore.
During the celebration day there will be a free guided walk (starting at 10am), followed by an official opening ceremony.
Point of Ayr is accessed off Station Road, in Talacre, and is just 10 minutes from the A548.
For more details or to volunteer to help, email deeestuary@rspb.org.uk or visit www.rspb.org.uk/pointofayr.

6 Waxwings at the duck pond on Cambridge Road, Crosby, today, but they flew off just before 1400.
A ringtail Hen Harrier at Marshside earlier.

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