Is it summer yet?

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Certainly my mind is turning more to mothing, plantage and dragonflies, but a calling Siskin heading north over my head in the dunes at Ainsdale today suggested it’s not quite time to get off the clock yet.
True, Bee Orchids have joined the blooming Green Winged Orchid, Northern, Southern and Early Marsh Orchids and Common Twayblades, (just the three helleborines, Pyramidal and Common Spotted to go now for the full Sefton coast orchid hit this year), and plenty of birds are feeding young.

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House Martins are prospecting around Dempsey Towers for the first time in nearly 20 years, but while they’ve had second and third viewings of one des res under the eaves, there’s been no action yet.
And it’s hot enough for freshly emerged Common Blue butterflies to land on my finger, while Yellow Bellied Slider terrapins bask at the edge of the Sands Lake.

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But even after a spring as good as this one, I want more… now, where’s that Lammergeier gone???

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5 thoughts on “Is it summer yet?

  1. It’s National Volunteering Week and the team at RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands, near Neston are appealing for your help.
    The visitor facilities at Burton Mere Wetlands have been open for almost five years and the small staff team is seeking additional volunteers to help with the attraction’s growing number of visitors.
    The staff are already supported by a fantastic team of volunteers but are now keen to enhance the experience offered to visitors as they explore the reserve’s trails. Whilst much of the wildlife is readily accessible, some of the less common creatures can be trickier to spot.
    Dan Trotman Visitor Experience Manager at Burton Mere Wetlands said: “Our visitor reception building has spectacular views across the reserve and offers the chance to see a great variety of different wildlife. RSPB staff and volunteers are always on hand to point out the highlights there but there’s often something great to be seen close to one of the trails or from one of the hides – basking common lizards, intricate bee orchids or a sleeping long-eared owl – that we don’t want visitors to miss!”
    “We’re looking for enthusiastic volunteers to go out on the reserve and show people the hidden gems and share their passion and knowledge of wildlife with visitors of all ages.”
    For anyone interested in this or other volunteering opportunities at RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands, enquire by email deeestuary@rspb.org.uk or telephone 0151 353 8478. For more information on the reserve and its activities, check out the website http://www.rspb.org.uk/deeestuary

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  2. I’m down here in South Devon for a week before moving over to Dorset for another week. I’m looking to catch up with two local specialities – Cirl Bunting and Dartford Warbler – with Hobbies and Nightjars thrown in (hopefully). We’re near Dartmouth, then Wareham. Any of you experienced birders out there able to point me in a likely direction please? I’ve had some local advice, but it’s all been of the “slow-intake-of-breath-followed-by-the-if-only-you’d-asked-me-earlier” variety.

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    • Hi Tony – if you’re in South Devon, you’re in the best place for Cirls.
      Try Prawle Point – there’s usually a few there – or when you’re heading back towards Dorset, call in at Broadsands on the English Riviera, Cirls often pop up in the hedgerows behind the beach huts there.
      As for Dartfords and Nightjars in Dorset hit the heath – Arne?
      Enjoy.

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  3. You called it John, Prawle Point delivered several singing males today, as well as a spectacular Peregrine that perched atop a nearby rock and loudly announced its presence… Arne is on the list for next week. Cheers. Tony

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