Still about a dozen Wheatears on Plex this afternoon in a stiffening wind that whipped up the top soil.
Could only see 18 Whimbrels today, whereas an early morning visit yesterday at 0730 (after a 5am Dawn Chorus event on the coast - ouch) produced 23 of 'em and similar numbers of Wheatears.
Came across this clown strutting his stuff today, while two of his mates broke into territorial fighting that turned them into a blur of feathers through the dusty windscreen.
Surprised I don't see more of this given the huge numbers of Red Legs put down on the mosses....nearby Buzzard looked suitably unimpressed by the handbags at high noon.
Perhaps the nicest thing I've come across in these tough Dotterel-free days is this brilliant plant I couldn't put a name to...
Only thing to do was consult the oracle, and luckily he was in.
Phil Smith duly responded: "Super plant isn't it! This is Perennial Cornflower Centaurea montana, native to mountains in southern and central Europe but not Britain, where it is a fairly widespread garden-escape. You can see its distribution, etc. on http://www.southlancsflora.co.uk/Flowers/C/Centaurea%20montana.htm "
Many thanks Phil.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...