Knapweed a go go


The good ship Haskayne Cutting was still stuffed to the gunnels with Knapweed this afternoon, much to the delight of the bee and hoverfly nation, Red Admiral and Holly Blue, and given the tasty mix of fruiting bushes and scrub it very much looks “the place most likely to”, but then most places do at this time of year.
Quiet today though, with just two or three Chiffchaffs amongst the usual Yellowhammers, Blackbirds and finches.


Plex was pretty slow too, just one Wheatear, although large numbers of hirundines were hawking high over the stubble at a few points.
A quiet afternoon was redeemed by a superb adult male Marsh Harrier which cut through with attendant Carrion Crows – I lost it to view after a bit of dodgy didgy-silhouette-scoping, as it moved out over Downholland Moss.
Quiet during the week on the coast too, which was disappointing after the mega mini-fall up at Lytham, although two Greater ‘Peckers passed down the frontal dunes at Ainsdale yesterday morning, and Curlew numbers are on the up.
Plenty of Common Darter and Migrant Hawkers.
Stonechats here and there and alba wags going through, while for the botanically-fixated, Field Gentians are putting on a good display in the Ainsdale frontal dunes, and Autumn Gentian is present in smaller numbers up at Birkdale.


Hmm, too many petals and not enough feathers for September – time for a change of tactics…