Egret indigestion


Getting seriously full of egret now – after the gut-busting nine Great White Egret fly-by on Wednesday morning, the Persil-white score was further swelled by two new Cattle Egrets joining the long stayer at Marshside this morning.
Popped in as I was passing for the Cattle Egret hat-trick and to say “hi” to Terry Meehan (howdy Terry).
The Cattle Egrets were at the back from Sandgrounders, mooching around the coos as they should.


Angels on broomsticks on Wednesday, three white chickens today.
Elsewhere quiet today, although a Chiffchaff was in full song at Queen’s Jubilee Nature Trail at Southport, before the sea frets flopped in this morning, and Redwings, Mipits, Grey Wag, Skylark and smaller numbers of Swallows were on the move south over the dunes at Ainsdale early doors.
Still a few Sarnie Terns at Ainsdale, hordes of scoters and a few Gannets offshore.
Anyone else seeing anything?

2 thoughts on “Egret indigestion

  1. Ring Ouzel dropped in for a drink in front of Sandgrounder’s this afternoon, and also seen in bushes along the path outside. The three Cattle Egret stayed all afternoon and at one stage there were twelve Little Egrets standing in Polly’s Pool.

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  2. As you know, the introduced Sea Buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) is a major conservation problem on the Sefton Coast. In recent years, a series of volunteer “buckthorn bashes” have been organised to clear this invasive shrub from a particularly rich area of dunes and slacks in the Local Nature Reserve near Sands Lake, Ainsdale. We now know that if it is cut down for four or five successive years, it eventually gives up and dies. The technique is labour-intensive but avoids having to use herbicides which can have nasty side-effects in such a sensitive habitat.
    With permission of Sefton Council, I propose to organise another series of bashes, starting on Thursday 13th October, meeting at 2.00pm at Sands Lake carpark, opposite Pontin’s (SD301128). Please come if you can and, if possible, bring long-handled loppers, which are ideal for cutting the small re-growth we will encounter. I expect to borrow some loppers from Sefton Coast & Countryside. Also essential are thick gloves – gardening gloves are ideal. As the work is fairly energetic, we will do a maximum of two hours finishing at 4.00pm.
    If you want to come by train, please let me know and I will arrange to pick you up at Ainsdale Station.
    Depending on demand, I will try to organise some weekend events to cater for volunteers who can’t manage weekdays.
    Hope to see you on Thursday – the weather forecast is pretty good. Please confirm whether you can make it or not. Also please pass on the message. The more the merrier!

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