Anything? Anyone?

You know that the klimate has gone to klahblooey when HoM – the second coldest place on the planet – is humid and hot, sultry even.
It was still worth a long stand over the lowish high tide today though, in the vain hope autumn may appear.
No such luck, but tantalising glimpses, with three Common Sands and a superbuffy young Ruff, Greenshank, and juve Yellow Wags strutting their stuff through the vegetation.
A Peregrine off high to the east, plenty of hirundines, including numerous Sand Martins, and even a moulting adult Dunlin with spectacular pale “goggles” – chocks away everyone…
Quite peaceful until a Typhoon roared up from Warton to rip the cloudbase into supersonically shredded tissue-paper.

Back home, juve Greater ‘Peckers are sweeping into the feeders now, all red crowns and wishful thinking, although highlight of the week at Dempsey Towers had to be a superb Red Underwing coming to the moth-trap.

Stonker.

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  1. Summer is well underway at RSPB Leighton Moss with the appearance of some very special residents – the first young marsh harriers of the season have taken to the skies and visitors are invited to watch them in action.
    Despite nesting right on cue during spring, the harriers have been quite late in fledging this year with the young birds proving reluctant to leave the nest. Staff and volunteers at the nature reserve were baffled at the apparent lack of emerging chicks and so were delighted when the youngsters finally started to stretch their wings and explore.
    It is thought that there are now around 400 pairs breeding in Britain every year. Unfortunately the recovery of marsh harriers has not been mirrored by the widely publicised decline of their close relative the hen harrier, which is perilously close to extinction as a breeding bird in England due to persecution.
    Now that the young marsh harriers are learning to hunt for themselves, it’s the perfect time to visit Leighton Moss and Morecambe Bay nature reserve to see these wonderful birds. The parents are continuing to provide food for the hungry fledglings and visitors may see up to a dozen harriers on the reserve at any one time.
    To find out more about the other amazing wildlife you can see on the reserve and the range of events being held over the summer, visit http://www.rspb.org.uk/leightonmoss.

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