Stubbly

The local Common Buzzards were very vocal as I checked Haskayne Cutting late this afternoon, but the persistent westerly breeze made it tough working through the bushes.
A feeding flock of 11 Long Tailed Tits dragged Blue and Great Tits, 2 Chiffchaff and a Goldcrest with them as they zipped through the hawthorn, birch and willows and autumnal Jays flopped about.
Thin seasonal fare.
Plex was busy with agricultural activity, while several groups of up to 20 Skylarks were moving through, and 100-150 Starlings probed the stubble, but I only saw eight Corn Buntings and two Yellowhammers.
Plenty of Stock Doves and Common Gulls with the Woodpigeons and BHGs.
It still felt like a busy afternoon, especially as the sky was littered with Pink Feet, with skein and after skein rising and falling over the mosses before the evening commute.

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  1. What screeches, swoops, and skuttles under the cover of darkness? With the nights drawing in, staff and volunteers at RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands near Neston are inviting families along to take part in a spooktacular Wild Things trail this half term.
    Available every day from Sunday 21- Wednesday 31 October, families can pick up a quiz sheet at the visitor centre between 9.30am-4.30pm and follow the self-led trail to discover more about the weird and wonderful creatures of the night that call Burton Mere Wetlands home. There are prizes to collect at the end and it is free to take part, though normal admission charges apply to non-members.
    There are also Wild Challenge backpacks available to hire every day (£3 per pack), for budding nature detectives to uncover fascinating creatures. The woodland den building area is also on offer daily to get active and creative.
    All of these activities contribute to the RSPB’s Wild Challenge online awards scheme, encouraging families to get closer to the natural world, completing fun, wildlife related activities, learning about nature and earning awards.
    This season boasts one of the best spectacles on the Dee Estuary, as thousands of ducks, geese and wading birds arrive from their breeding grounds to spend the colder months here, so there is plenty to spot.
    For further details visit rspb.org.uk/burtonmerewetlands or phone the visitor centre on 0151 3532720.

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  2. Interesting walk around the green beach this morning, the high spot being (I think) meeting a group of botanists down on their hands and knees searching for petal wort plants. As it happened a couple of plants had just been found, and I enjoyed my first encounter with “one of Britain’s rarest plants”. Thanks chaps, and despite the – erm – unpreposessing (?) nature of petal wort, I think this does rank as a high point. I also recovered the leg ring from from the manky remains of a predated bird on the green beach, and have since reported it using the EURING website. If anyone’s interested, the left leg had an orange plastic ring bearing the letters CJV over a plain green plastic ring. The right leg had an alloy Brit Museum ring numbered SR76659. Hard to tell from the little of the bird that was left, but it might have been a Snipe… I’ll be interested to find out the details in due course.
    Tony

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