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Natural born killer

Posted by on October 2, 2013 9:28 PM | 

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Many thanks to Ralph Jones for sending me these great shots of a Stoat working out how to cart off its rabbit-sized lunch at Ravenmeols.
Incredible little predator, if a tad vicious for some tastes...me, I love 'em.

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Still impressive numbers of Common Scoters bombing north and south offshore at Ainsdale today, but hard to guage numbers as the horde appeared to have broken up into a myriad of smaller groups tazzing around in the mist.
Reed Bunting flock (8 birds) in the frontals clashing with the usual Starlings and House Sparrows behind the Coast and Countryside skipyard, Chiffchaffs in the dunes in the afternoon, Pinkies inevitable overhead.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...

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Fri 4th Oct
2 Chiffies at QJ and female Sprawk.
2 Little Egrets at Weld Rd beach, and after the fireworks had finally shut up last night I heard my first Redwings flying over Birkdale.
This morning Grey Wag, Goldcrest and a Great Spotted Wood in front garden.

Marshside Saturday 5th

2 x Goldcrests in the bushes next to Sandgrounders Hide

2 x Ruff at Nels Hide
2 x Pintail Nels Hide
600+ Pink Footed Geese
At least 8 Skylark passed over Sandgrounders throughout the afternoon.

Over the weekend:
Black Darter and hundreds of Commons at Brockholes;
a flock of 30-40 Skylarks in the sandworks compound; 3 Red Admirals, 2 Peacocks and 2 Small Tortoiseshells in the garden today.

Yesterday afternoon, bumped into the male Black Darter again at Slack 47, in the dunes at Ainsdale, basking on the bare sand area maintained for that purpose.

Oct 6th: Female Marsh Harrier at rear of Lunt Farm - cream head, dark brown plumage, been here for three weeks on recently created marsh between Alt and Lunt by wooden bridge, also two buzzards, female Sparrowhawk, several Kestrel, pair of Heron, and asstd waders, geese etc.
Pair of Kingfishers catchin' plenty just south of iron bridge over Alt - can observe from bridge.

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