I wouldn’t stand there if I were you…


It must be an occupational hazard if you’re dodging between the cattle in front of Nels after snaily snacks, but the Glossy Ibis nearly got an unwelcome calf shower in the rain today.
A small price to pay I suppose as the coos stomp through the shallows at Marshside presumably disturbing loads of food for the Ibis to snap up.
And it beats being poked up the Khyber by one of the Avocets…



The rain was more prolonged than I was expecting, but it was an okay hour or two sitting in Nels. Hordes of youngsters around – Avocets, Little Grebes, duckling of various persuasions and stacks of BHGs (up at Sandgrounders).


Herring Gulls and LBBs still trying to grab the smaller chicks there, while the rain dripped off the bills of miserable looking Reed Warbers at Nels, and the first Pyramidal Orchids sprouted up to join the numerous Bee Orchids on site.



Behind the Junction Pool up to six Ruff were getting up to “ruff stuff” in the rain, while further out there appeared to be two Reeve.



Back up at Sandgrounders, when the rain eased two Med Gulls materialised, preening at the back of the BHG colony and calling occasionally, when not strutting about in the gull poop and Southern Marsh Orchids.


All very summery, but best of all a Hobby came tearing through in front of the hide mid-afternoon, having terrorised everything around Polly’s Pool first.
It got a serious turn of speed on as it Exocet-ted over Marshside Road and out of sight – a thrilling bird…wonder if it was the one Dave Fletcher had on Saturday?

9 thoughts on “I wouldn’t stand there if I were you…

  1. The RSPB is calling on people to get involved in Giving Nature a Home this summer by doing at least one thing for wildlife in their garden or outdoor space after new data revealed further declines in sightings of some of our most familiar and favourite garden species.
    Results from the wildlife survey showed only 25 per cent of people in Merseyside spotted a hedgehog snuffling around their garden at least once a month, eight per cent fewer than in 2014.
    Hedgehog populations are in a long-term decline with the latest figures suggesting that the UK population has dipped to under one million.
    UK gardens cover an estimated ten million acres, an area equivalent to the size of five million football pitches. Each green space can make a difference, from a window box full of pollen rich plants for bumblebees to a small pond hosting a whole range of different species.
    The RSPB is calling on people to help save nature this summer by getting involved in Giving Nature a Home, and doing at least one action for wildlife in their garden or outdoor space.
    For the first time participants were asked to keep an eye out for foxes and stoats visiting their garden. The results revealed that foxes were the second most popular visitor with 27 per cent of people in Merseyside catching one in their garden at least once a month this year. Stoats are an elusive species with less than one per cent spotting one on a monthly basis.
    Grey squirrels remained the most common garden visitor in Merseyside for the third year running, with 76 per cent of participants spotting one scurrying across their garden at least once a month.
    To help people create their own wildlife friendly garden, the RSPB launched a new online tool this week that will build their own personalised plan for nature. The plan will be unique to the individual and will not only target their favourite species, but the wildlife that is struggling in that particular part of the country.
    You can create your own personal plan and give nature a home near you at http://www.rspb.org.uk/plan


  2. Hi John.
    Had what I think was a Dark Green Fritillary flying in the dunes yesterday, but it didn’t settle to allow a definite id. But it could have been a Wall Brown. I recall you mentioning the DGF last year; is it time for them to be on the wing, and can you suggest the most likely area to keep a look out please?

    By the way, after Prawle delivering Cirl Buntings, Arne duly produced Dartford Warblers, so thanks for your guidance there.

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    • Hi Tony, DGFs have been reported for the last few days on the coast – they seem to have emerged a week or two earlier this year.
      Best place to see ’em are the frontal dunes round Cabin Hill/Albert Rd and the same habitat south of Ainsdale Discovery Centre.
      Glad you scored in Devon/Dorset.


    • It’s possible Paul, but they can commute a fair distance sometimes – the ones that breed out on the mosses fly over Dempsey Towers every evening en route to the coast…


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