Suckered in by the soil again


Great to see Bazzo back in the field and leaving Lesser Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, Whinchat and Hobby in his wake at Marshside today (see comments on the previous entry) and his success prompted me to head out after work.
It was cloudier and cooler by the afternoon though.
Like a sucker, I decided to give the mosses a crack, as it’s addiction time again and if I don’t check the soil as often as possible, the anxiety kicks in.
Dotterels in North Wales, Dotterels on Pendle – gotta be worth checking Plex, but as usual I came up empty, although Stock Doves and a few male Wheatears seemed happy enough.


I was tallying up a few days back, and I think I’ve managed to self-find a total of 33 Dotterels on the mosses over the years (including two large flocks), but it has been a long time since I’ve stumbled across any now, and with the wind-blown top soil forming a gritty film on the inside of the car and on my optics, I pondered if this would be a good year to try and break the addiction.
Maybe just one more look though…
Haskayne Cutting had singing Chiffchaff, Blackcap and Yellowhammer, flowering Cuckoo Flower and enough Mares’ Tails poking up to suggest Orange-Tip time can’t be that far away.


Two Jays flopped out of the Cutting as I arrived.
14 Corn Buntings, singing Skylark, White Wags and Swallows back around farmyard nesting sites… sigh…but no Dotterel today.