Too big to eat.

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Bitterly cold out on the marsh this afternoon, but at least the cruel wind held off the hail, sleet and all manner of poop that had been lashing down in the morning.
A superb female Peregrine was sheltering on the leeward side of one of the large bits of timber on the outer marsh up Crossens way, occasionally eyeing the grazing Pink Feet that passed close by her.
While Peregrines have been recorded taking a surprising variety of prey, from GBBs to Long Eared Owls via Hawfinch and Cuckoo (Ratcliffe, 1980), I think a healthy Pink Foot, no matter how plump and tempting might be a bit too ambitious.
Two Merlins ripping up the outer marsh too, hurtling after Skylark and Snipe without success.
Crossens Outer had two Great White Egrets striding about before they moved further out onto the estuary, and beaucoup de Pinkies grazed close to the road.

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Now two Tree Sparrows at Dempsey Towers in Ainsdale – looking good.