The plan was simple when I got into work this morning and noted good numbers of Mipits, with Chaffinches, Grey Wags, alba wags, Swallows and Reed Bunts on the move along the frontal dunes at Ainsdale - nip out at lunchtime and grab a few shots of the Mipitry to help promote a "VisMig" event I'm doing next week (more of that shortly).
Peacocks, and Small Torts moving over the beach too were encouraging.
Unfortunately it went all hot and sunny, and while the passers kept moving throughout the day, they generally did so higher up, and showed a decided reluctance to land.
Fortunately the heat brought out loads of Common Darter and Migrant Hawker dragonflies - perfect snackettes for a gorgeous Hobby which scorched over the dunes north of Shore Road at Ainsdale at about 1250 to grab several tasty dragonflies.
Good views of it thro' the bins for a minute or so, wonderful bird - first one I've seen this year I think.
Breathtakingly agile as always, the Hobby made nearby Kestrels look lethargic and lumpy as it made a few passes over the frontal ridges before disappearing just south of the Green Beach.....cool.
Anyway back to the "Vis Mig Experience", a free event I'm doing next Tuesday (1/10/13), starting at 10am at the Ainsdale Discovery Centre.
It'll be like the Jimi Hendrix Experience except without the guitar.
But I bet we see more Mipits than poor Jimi.
There's no charge for the Vis Mig birding morning, but you do have to book in advance, by calling the Sefton Coast Landscape Partnership Scheme on 0151 934 2964, or email us at email@example.com
Bring your bins!
We'll see what we can see, and discuss what constitutes Vis Mig - the young Wheatear at the top, that's Vis Mig.
The Cormorants are commuting, but do they count as Vis Mig?
No, you're not Vis Mig.
Although the small colony of House Sparrows round the office is undeniably good value.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...