And the sun at my back…


Don’t know much, but I do know that given where I’m going next, it’s gonna be quite awhile till I feel warmth on my back like that of today’s again.
Superb in the frontal dunes at Ainsdale, plenty of Grass of Parnassus, Common Centaury, Harebells and Evening Primrose still flowering (sorry Neill), with Speckled Wood, Red Admiral, Migrant Hawker and Common Darter on the wing at Sands Lake – as you’d expect on a day as warm as this.
At least 8 Reed Bunts moving into the area for winter (or are they just passing through?), Goldcrest, Robins trying (and failing) to deal with their anger management issues, and overhead Siskin, Mipit and Skylark moving.
Blue Tit, Great Tit and Chiffchaff in the scrub.
Two Greater ‘Peckers bounded south over the frontal dunes.
In the current weather conditions I’d like to have had a better view so I could have checked ’em for Northerns.
Cudda, wudda, shudda…

One thought on “And the sun at my back…

  1. The Avocet has enjoyed a record breaking year across RSPB reserves.
    Avocets returned to RSPB Minsmere in 1947, after an absence of more than 100 years, and numbers have continued to grow across the UK. As the avocet population increases, RSPB reserves have consistently remained popular with the wading bird, with 50% of the UK’s entire population choosing them as their home thanks to innovative habitat management techniques, such as the creation of islands and nursery pools.
    This year, Minsmere celebrated what was the best breeding season for avocets in almost 30 years, with 58 chicks being successfully reared.
    The long-legged bird also reached a record number of 172 pairs on Cliffe Pools reserve in North Kent, the highest number recorded at Cliffe and one of the highest concentrations ever recorded in the UK. Habitat work undertaken at the nature reserve has led to the creation of individual islands which have been successful in enabling avocets to use these areas as secure nesting sites, away from predators. Further north, avocets were amongst many wader species to nest at Middleton Lakes in Staffordshire this year, representing the first breeding of avocets in the county. Frampton Marsh reserve in Lincolnshire welcomed their best ever year; the number of breeding pairs reached 81 compared to 0 in 2008 due to their dynamic management work. Record numbers were also recorded at the Dee Estuary reserve in Cheshire due to efforts to improve an anti-predator fence last winter.
    With autumn now upon us, the number of wintering avocets will soon reach approximately 7,500 across the country. Poole Harbour in Dorset attracts a huge wintering colony of avocets, with numbers having risen from 25 to almost 2000 in just 30 years, now accounting for an astonishing 40% of the UK wintering population, making it the most important British wintering site.


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