Rather wearing

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Bright as the morning was, the continued strong south westerly was getting a bit of a drag down at Marshside – it doesn’t seem to be good for much at the moment, unless you are a Yankee thrush on a far flung island/headland, or a Swift that particularly enjoys low level forays over Marshside One.
It’d be a different matter if it was bringing in a few quality seabirds to the coast.
One of the Med Gulls was busy collecting mud (someone’s gotta do it) on the Sandplant lagoon and battered and worn Common Blues were grimly hanging on to the vegetation on the bank on the way down to Sandgrounders.

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With time tight I had a quick look from the platform on Hesketh Road, where all was as it should be, and the swarm of hirundines and the aforementioned Swifts were mighty impressive, before getting summery and indulging in a spot of botanising in the dunes at Ainsdale.
Most stuff seems to be predictably late (the Northern Marsh Orchids appear more advanced on Marshside One than in the small pockets of duneland I checked today), but at least the Adder’s Tongue Ferns were flourishing in the Adder’s Tongue Fern place, and Common Twayblade was well up.

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Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Whitethroat, Sedgies and Blackcaps belting away.

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2 thoughts on “Rather wearing

  1. Red Kite low over Haskayne Cutting at 3.20 this afternoon, from the west, then lost even more height and turned north. Nice view too. Otherwise quiet though the orchids are worth seeing. Earlier, Wheatear, Stonechats, Linnets, Mipits, Skylarks, Whitethroats etc near the Discovery Centre at Ainsdale. Surprisingly quiet regarding butterflies and dragonflies at both locations, only Small White, Small Heath and Common Blue seen.

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  2. RSPB South Stack – 7th June

    Lots of Razorbills and Guillemots on the cliffs, along with a few Kittiwakes and Fulmar.

    2 Puffins on the water mixed in with the other auks.
    2 x Chough
    A couple of Gannet out to sea
    1 x Peregrine
    1 x Rock Pipit

    Whitethroat, Pied Wagtail, Meadow Pipit and Swallows also seen.

    1 Black Guillemot at the fish quay in Holyhead.

    Gronant

    Over 100 Little Terns present. At one point a Kestrel hovered over the fenced off area and was set upon by about 9 or 10 terns.

    Sedge Warbers and Reed Bunting present in the dune area.

    Oystercatchers and Ringed Plovers on the beach.

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