The Rezillos made me do it.

It always strikes me as unfair, or at the very least cosmically ironic, that the older and better you get at bad behaviour, the longer it takes you to recover.
So while Saturday night was great, yesterday was all a bit of a fuzzy blur.
You could almost hear the celestial laughter.
Personally I blame The Rezillos.
Better today though, so I headed north for round two with the Fylde’s invisible Snow Buntings.
True to form, there was no sign of them on the dog-raddled beach north of the sandplant at St Anne’s (inevitably they had been there earlier in the day) and after two hours of cursing pooches, I took a break.
Time for a short drive inland to Lytham Moss, where a Todd’s Canada Goose had been lurking with a few thousand Pinkies.
Presumably it was last week’s bird from our side of the Great Divide, so it was certainly worth the ride.
But there were no geeses there, only birders, including Mickey Boy Stocker. They had thousand yard stares and no Todd’s.
The day was hardly shaping up as planned, so I drove back to the beach for a final crack at the Snow Bunts.
After all they’re a bit like Frosties – when you know there’s some there, you’ve just gotta have ’em.
No sign again, but after walking the length of the place, I glanced back just before leaving at 2.40pm (always a good idea) and there was a distant Snow Bunting sitting like a discarded potato out on the sands.
It scurried back into the dunes as I approached.

I circled round behind it and saw both birds on a ridge fairly close, before they ran back out onto the beach as the afternoon light began to fade. Mike joined me and we watched the sneaky little weasels for 15 minutes or so.

Possibly the most devious Snow Buntings I’ve come across in a long while – these critters can run AND they can hide…

One thought on “The Rezillos made me do it.

  1. There’s a buzz in the air at RSPB Leighton Moss in Silverdale, where visitors are invited to attend an inspiring talk on ‘The Plight of the Bumblebee’ by Gill Perkins, CEO of the Bumble Bee Conservation Trust.
    Bumblebees are endearing and familiar insects. Their animated behaviour and deep buzz as they fly from flower to flower makes them a delight to watch. Gill Perkins’ talk will give an inspiring and entertaining look at these special insects. She will explain why their numbers have dropped so sharply in recent years, with two species becoming extinct, and what can be done to help reverse their declines.
    The talk is taking place in The Holt at Leighton Moss on Saturday 6 April from 2pm-3pm. No booking is needed but spaces are limited so early arrival is recommended. The talk is free of charge but normal admission charges to the reserve apply to non-members.
    Venue: RSPB Leighton Moss and Morecambe Bay nature reserve, Storrs Lane, Silverdale, Lancashire, LA5 0SW.


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