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...and out to a flat calm sea

Posted by on November 29, 2012 10:35 PM | 

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Few Fieldfares and Mistle Thrushes around Dempsey Towers this morning as I scraped the ice off the wheels, rattling and chacking, but barely a sound in the dunes when I headed south from Ainsdale late morning - apart from the thin ice cracking as I waded through the slacks.
Two Stonechats, a few Mipits, Wrens, Blackbirds and the resident inquisitive Kestrels were the only things moving apart from corvids and gulls.

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Six Whoopers over here earlier in the week, but just Mutes beating through the blue sky for all they were worth today.
A fine Short Eared Owl was good to see as it rose from a dune bank covered in Creeping Willow, and kept on heading away from me, with no inclination to drop down again.
Later in the day I was working in the dunes at Birkdale, where a few few finch flocks and gangs of Long Tailed Tits flitted through the scrub, and at least three Water Rail were squealing away for all they were worth.
More than 80 Mallard on one unfrozen area of slack, and Snipe rising from cover as I passed them by.
Barn Owl hunting around the Coast Road at 4pm - two owl sp in a day can't be bad.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...


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50+ Waxwings in Preston centre this morning - sitting in the trees behind County Hall and nipping down to the bushes along Ringway to feed.
Stonking views from just six feet away, in the Aldi/Blockbuster car park.

Ring Ouzels at the bottom of the Netherley Road closest to Netherley around 2pm.

This sounds like a good day at work, John.

Marshside 1/12/12
4 Little Egret
1 Ruff
4 Snipe
2 Kestrel
1 Sparrowhawk
60+ Golden Plover
1 Pintail

The cold snap appears to have driven a few new faces into our West Lancs garden: a beautiful pair of Fieldfare joined the Blackbirds pecking around the leaves and apples. These were joined by a female Blackcap later on. Garden tick for me.
The resident Dunnock, Coal Tit and Great Tit continue to decimate the feeders.

13 Waxwings, rising to 18 birds on Town Lane, Southport, by park this afternoon.

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