When the rain eased

Annual as they maybe around the office at Ainsdale, I was acutely aware that yet again I’d taken a series of blurry grey blob pictures with my battered point and press of the Black Redstart when I found it this morning before heading out to lead a guided walk.
Black Reds deserve a bit more effort.
So later in the day I nipped home and picked up the P900 so I could take still more blurry grey blob pictures of it once the rain eased after work, except with a big boy camera.

There, that’s better.
At one point I wondered if it might be a young male, as it had quite a pale wing panel at certain angles, but the buffy wash to the face and eye-ring marked it out as a female.
It was calling a fair bit by 5pm, perching back up on the office roof, when it wasn’t flycatching from the Sea Buckthorn, and this seemed to make the singing male Stonechat, which has been on territory here for a few weeks now, pretty angry, and it chased after the Black Red a few times, when it wasn’t showing off in the grey evening light.

Still a few Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers in the buckthorn too this evening – could be good out there first thing tomorrow…

One thought on “When the rain eased

  1. Now is the perfect time to discover one of the best bluebell woodlands in the region – at RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands, near Neston. Each spring, the nature reserve’s Gorse Covert – an area of ancient woodland, bursts into colour with a blanket of blue.
    Due to the slow start to spring, the flowers are slightly behind their usual timings but their leaves and stems are growing strong across the woodland floor. Last year, hundreds of visitors to the nature reserve told staff of their delight at seeing such a pristine area of bluebells.
    While Gorse Covert can be enjoyed independently by all visitors to the reserve, joining one of the Bluebells and Birdsong events with a knowledgeable guide will allow visitors to discover more about the bluebells plus other interesting flowers and wildlife on the reserve.
    The ‘Bluebells and Birdsong’ guided walks will be held on Wednesday 25 April and Sunday 29 April, from 10am to noon. The cost is £10 per person, discounted to £8 for RSPB members. This covers the entry fee to the reserve for non-members too. To book your place, phone 0151 353 2720 or email deeestuary@rspb.org.uk.
    For more information on the reserve and its activities, check out the website http://www.rspb.org.uk/burtonmerewetlands


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