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Planet cool Andrew (and Ralph)!

Posted by on September 26, 2013 9:50 PM | 

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Many thanks to Ralph Jones for these fine pix of the young Red Backed Shrike in the dunes at Ainsdale this afternoon - a great find by Andrew Spottiswood of Planet Spottiswood fame!
Didn't get a chance to catch up with it - I had to prepare for an event at the Atkinson this evening, but it's great for a quality drift bird to turn up in the dunes - who's gonna find a Yellow Browed Warbler next?

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If anyone has any updates on the shrike please let me know - it'd be great for folk to see a cracker like this locally.
Mipits, Grey Wags n Swallows pushing through early today too.
Thanks to Andrew and Ralph - well done!!!
Although it does raise the bar a bit for my Vis Mig event on Tuesday.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...


It’s time to celebrate at RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands this weekend as the nature reserve marks its second birthday – and everyone is invited to join the fun.
As a birthday treat, all visitors to the Dee Estuary reserve will gain free entry on Saturday 28 September and Sunday 29 September and there will be plenty of free activities for all ages to enjoy, including den building, crafts and guided walks.
Since opening, almost 70,000 people have visited the nature reserve and discovered the many wonderful creatures which make their home at RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands, from kingfishers and common lizards to dragonflies.
Burton Mere Wetlands is open daily, with the reception building open from 9.30am until 5pm. The reserve is just 10 minutes from the M56, off the A540 (Chester High Road). For non-RSPB members, entry is normally £4 for adults (concessions £2), £6 for a family and £1 for children.
Please phone 0151 353 8478 for times, details and a full programme of activities and times, alternatively email or

Hooded Crow at Ravenmeols, Formby today.

Chiffchaff in full song for several minutes around 4.30 this afternoon at the end of Range Lane, Formby.

Clouded Yellow, Hilldale, West Lancs.

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