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Messy business, eating a snail.

Posted by on April 14, 2014 8:07 PM | 


Couldn't resist trying to digiscope this Song Thrush through the window this evening, as it was battering the hell out of a snail on the garden path at Dempsey Towers.
Once it had whalloped the snail into next week it began eating the innards, but frequently stopped to wipe its bill on the grass - good table manners are important after all.



Frequently it flung the snail about and it bounced on down the path.
We often have Song Thrush singing away in neighbouring tall trees, but they don't feed in the garden in the open that often, so it was good to watch this one - it has been there all day, delivering death by pulverisation to the snail population.
No chance to get out at work today, although every time I glanced out of the window, it appeared hirundines were passing along the frontal dunes at Ainsdale - mainly Swallows, but Sand and House Martin too, so that it was the first day I've seen all three together this year.
And thanks to Phil Collins who sent me two pics of White Wagtail from the mega-flock he encountered at Sandy Lane, Hightown, this morning.



Phil reported a flock of 350 White Wags this morning from a field there - most impressive.
More successful than my forays onto Plex over the last day or so anyway.
Incidentally, if you are driving onto Plex, please be aware that the track onto the moss from the Ainsdale side is worse than ever now, so that the stretch between the caravan site and the Cheshire Lines path turn-off is barely navigable in a car, and then only with extreme care.
Worth bearing in mind, those ditches are mighty deep.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...


My friend told me that her Swallows had returned to her stables at Banks early this morning, one day earlier than last year.
At noon I heard one twittering somewhere above my garden in Liverpool.

At least 3 Sandwich Tern off Ainsdale over the tide. Hirundines, Mipits and Wheatears moving during the morning.

Two Black Throated Divers in winter plumage off Formby Point at high tide today.

Still 130 White Wagtails in the ploughed field down Sandy Lane, Hightown, this afternoon.

Now is the perfect time to discover one of the best bluebell woodlands in the region - at RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands, on the Dee Estuary. Each spring, the nature reserve’s Gorse Covert, a 3.4 hectare semi-natural ancient woodland, bursts into colour with a blanket of blue and this year, the bluebells have not disappointed.
Having flowered much earlier than last year due to the mild winter and early spring, many of the flowers are already beginning to emerge and tease admirers with their colour well before their usual May bloom. Last year, hundreds of visitors to the nature reserve told staff of their delight at seeing such a pristine area of the iconic British flower.
While Gorse Covert can be enjoyed independently by all visitors to the reserve, visitors are welcome to join a Bluebells and Birdsong guided walk, to discover more about the bluebells and other interesting flowers and wildlife on the reserve.
Two Bluebells and Birdsong guided walks will be held – one on Saturday 26 April and the second on Sunday 11 May, from 10am to noon. The cost is £5 per person, discounted to £3 for RSPB members, with children half price. This includes a hot drink and a snack in the reception hide, and covers the entry fee to the reserve for non-members. To book your place, phone 0151 353 8478 or email
For more information on the reserve and its activities, check out the website

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