On call

After yesterday morning’s fluke Hawfinch heading south over Ainsdale Discovery Centre (great bird), I was anxious to get a bit of time out on the dunes at lunchtime and see what else I could pick up on call – it is autumn after all.
Earlier, Stonechats were as inquisitive as ever at Hightown, while Chaffinches, Skylarks, Mipits and Blackbirds were heading through (hiya Adrian).

Up at Ainsdale a Sprawk was spooking the flocks of Goldfinches in the frontals, and a young Swallow was perched up on the wires next to the office in the showery conditions – the first one I’ve seen around here in a while.
Fortified by a packet of pickled onion Space Invaders and two ginger biscuits (the lunch of champions) I took a stroll round Sands Lake in the drizzle, but it was quiet bar feeding flocks of Long Tailed Tits with a Goldcrest or two.
At the waterside, two Little Egrets were resting in the Sea Buckthorn, Hazel and Alders. They looked most comfortable.

I know it’s the wrong season, but the habitat isn’t that different from the Marine Lake roost and nest site and about the same height – so you never know next year…