Relatively quiet during my constitutional around the dune system south of Shore Road at Ainsdale today, but not without frustrations.
A harrier species drifted north east, high and tantalisingly distant at 1235, but it just wasn’t “bouncy” enough to press the panic button.
As the bird turned against the grey cloudbase it lacked the elasticity in the wingbeats to make me suspect it was anything other than a Hen Harrier, which would have been spiffing of course, but it was just too far away to ID and I let it go.
Win some, lose some.
The Lesser Whitethroat was still in its favoured hawthorn, but remained typically elusive, and largely silent, rattling only twice and manifesting as a fleeting shadow in the branches at best.
A Tree Pipit buzzed north and six Swallows were backed up by two Sand Martins (the House Martins finally returned to prospect last year’s nest sites at the Green Sefton depot earlier today).
Two Sedge Warblers had become a whole lot more vocal too, with one squawking away from the top of a Sea Buckthorn bush as showy as any Whitethroat, and there are plenty of them on territory now.
Ainsdale LNR (south) 1230-1330:
Lesser Whitethroat 1; Whitethroat 8; Willow Warbler 4; Sedge Warbler 2; Swallow 6; Sand Martin 2; Tree Pipit 1; harrier sp 1; Common Buzzard 3; Kestrel 2.