Not my day.


With the mist and rain low as a snake’s belly as it drifted across Plex, it was never going to be that busy out there today, but I was hoping for a bit more now that we are well into April.
Lapwings tumbling and sitting and Skylarks singing, but only a handful of Mipits and alba wags moving, which was a surprise as I’d bumped into my first White Wag of the year on the roundabout by Southport beach entrance only yesterday lunchtime.
No Wheatears on the ploughed fields of Plex today, although a single Golden Plover sounded all the more forlorn as it called in the drizzle, crouching down whenever a Herring Gull or LBB passed over, until it was driven off by the Lapwings.
A Chiffchaff was singing away to no one in particular at the top of Haskayne Cutting, which played host to Tree Sparrow, Goldcrest and Yellowhammer, much as you’d expect.
Thought I caught a snatch of distant Willow Warbler song, but the phrase wasn’t repeated, and I wrote it off to wishful thinking.

5 thoughts on “Not my day.

  1. Two male Ring Ouzels (one singing) reported this morning (Sunday 5th) at 9.00am, Freshfield Dune Heath by the airfield. Soon moved on.


  2. 5 Siskins heading north over the golf course, Chiffchaff (3), Goldcrest, and the pair of Meds from Sandgrounders Hide in the mist at Marshside today.


  3. Leeds Liverpool Canal, Cookson’s Bridge stretch. Toads galore in the canal with some on the bottom in huddles of 4 & 5. Single Water Vole swam across the canal and managed to squeeze through a 5cm gap in concrete bank on the far side.


  4. Hi John
    A friend has lost an Indian Eagle Owl in the Maghull/Lydiate area. If anyone sees it can they please let me know on 0151 737 1819, they are desperate to get it back.
    Many thanks


  5. The Water Pipit was showing well up at Crossens, near the concrete trough around 12 today, and judging by others comments, there may actually be two birds. Also 2 Avocet at Mere Sands Wood, were a ‘site-tick’ for me today.
    Yesterday (Saturday) at Birkdale beach highlights; 1st W Med Gull north following the surf, single Wheatear, single Chiffchaff (Taggs Island Reedbed), Jack Snipe, 2 Little Egrets, very quiet offshore, no Sandwich Terns as hoped for just a few Common Scoter. Plenty of Waders, particularly Knot – 8000+, some small groups of Ringed Plover moving trough. Still plenty of Gulls, though very few Black Headed, lots of smart breeding plumage Commons. Nothing unusual among the large Gulls but still the odd Scandinavian Herrings. Also a few Common Toads still being ‘romantic’ in the stream by the reedbed at Taggs Island where lot’s of Frog&Toad spawn. Whilst stood about half a mile out on Birkdale Beach I could swear I heard a Great Spot ‘chip’ overhead, but never saw it and I saw two passerines moving north over the sea – heading directly from Formby Point to The Fylde perhaps?


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