Rummagin’ troosers on.

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Can’t beat a hot September afternoon seeing what’s moving through the coastal scrub.
We all have our favourite spots – mine is a sheltered area of Black Poplar, Hawthorn and Elderberry near the end of Range Lane, Formby.
With Cabin Hill to your back and Migrant Hawkers exuding effortless cool overhead, it’s a great place to spend an autumn hour or two watching what comes out of the foliage.
Nothing startling today, but 8-10 Chiffchaff, 1 male Blackcap, 3 Willow Warbler, Goldcrest, Treecreeper and an assortment of Long Tailed, Great and Blue Tits, with Chaffinches rattling through the drying leaves, kept me looking, until a male Sprawk tazzed through and put an end to the afternoon’s entertainment.

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On the way down, the gorse and ragworty field at the end of Range Lane held the hyperactive and fully-fledged Stonechat family (4-5 birds), 3 Whitethroat and a nice, albeit distant Whinchat (squint hard at the pic above and you may be able to see it).
4 Common Buzzard mewling and thermalling over Cabin Hill.
Butterflies in the hot sun included Peacock, Red Admiral, Large White, Common Blue and Speckled Wood.

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