Savouring the normal

With all the urgency of spring, the three Meadow Pipits dropped down onto the sheltered bank by our office to feed.
Wary and full of nervous energy, they were the closest I could get to passage today – but sometimes you have to take what you can get.
A few groups were moving north through the dunes at Ainsdale today, pitching down to feed before moving on again.

It doesn’t take long to become engrossed in what was previously mundane – when pickings are thin, everything should be relished.
The Stonechats were still around Ainsdale Discovery Centre, with up to 14 Linnets bounding about and perching up to sing (I’ll save the Linnets for another day).
A Merlin screamed past my window during the morning, although a work site visit into the southern area of the Local Nature Reserve revealed little in the way of movement, apart from groups of Mipits.
Tiny spring annuals like Rue-leaved Saxifrage are now in flower.

Chiffchaffs and Blackcap still at Dempsey Towers.