Bad mustard

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Bright sun is never to be wasted at this time of year, so I spent a bit of time out on the mosses today.
Common Buzzard, Merlin, Sprawk and Kestrel were all predictable while the Fieldfares on Plex were as nervous as ever – powering away to higher branches.
So jittery – cyclists, cars, anything really, sends them up and away.
They don’t even seem to like sitting out in the sunlight.
Gorgeous thrushes of course, I was just sneaking up on their blind side when my mobile phone went “beepity beep beep” to inform me of the absolute necessity of mustard and Worcestershire sauce at Dempsey Towers and off they went, scolding me for pants fieldwork.
Local Corn Bunts were dozier than ever in the hard sun.
Over on the Withins, the Pinks were being spooked by the Microlites, and jumpy as hell, but a Merlin held fast, scanning the stubble for Skylarks and finches from a low mound of earth.

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4 thoughts on “Bad mustard

  1. After all these years – the drake Mandarin was sitting by on the pond at the DGH, Town Lane, Kew this afternoon. He may have failed the bread test many moons ago, but he remains in fine fettle.

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    • Marshside/Crossens, 1130-1510
      Excellent raptor-show in superb conditions: adult male Merlin, female Sparrowhawk and imm male Marsh Harrier hunting saltmarsh, female Merlin perched up on Crossens Inner. Good views of Great White Egret at saltmarsh pool opposite Polly’s Creek. Chiffchaff in the willows at entrance to Golf Course embankment; late…or already overwintering? Female Stonechat by the Water Treatment Plant rounded off a very pleasant session

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  2. Dull and fairly uninspiring weather today, brightened up by coming across two Grey Partridges quietly feeding in the Ainsdale dunes, two Red-throated Divers close in on the ebbing tide, two Porpoises, and a spectacular display by the Scoters a little further out. Bins only today so no suggestion that they were anything other than the “common” variety, but a visit with the telescope over the weekend high tides looks to be on the cards…

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    • It was grim today Tony.
      At one point this morning from our tower office there were four Harbour Porpoise visible, including one calf – four animals is the best count we’ve had from the tower this year.
      They were all heading north before the group seemed to disperse, leaving one or two fishing off Ainsdale for 30 minutes more.
      Hordes of scoter as you say, with Red Throats, RB Mergs and at least 4 Great Crested Grebes – if the weather allows, a seawatch may reward a hardy watcher this weekend!

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