In the heat of it all

Like a corkscrew rammed and twisted into my ear, the Corn Bunting’s welcome song pierced through the open window of the van as I drove through the Hightown Bends this morning on the way to a job.
Strange how quickly you miss them, wonderful to hear one after the space of a few weeks.
No more melodic, but still cool.
Far sweeter notes from yesterday’s Garden Warbler in the dunes at Ainsdale, but neither sight nor sound of it this afternoon.
You can listen to a snatch of its wonderful song amongst Willow Warblers etc from a phone clip I’ve stuck on You Tube here.
Meanwhile plenty of Whitethroats and Willow Warblers singing in the dunes today, with fewer Sedge Warblers and 4-5 Groppers – only to be expected in the soaring temperatures.
Flooded areas still surviving the month long drought in the dunes host at least two pairs of Greylag Goose with young, five pairs of Teal, numerous Mallards and Coots and a few Shelducksand other bits and bobs.
Two pairs of Little Grebes too – who would have thought it in a sand dune system?

10 thoughts on “In the heat of it all

  1. 4 Crossbill north over Birkdale LNR this morning.
    On the subject of Little Grebes, I found them on 4 different pools in Birkdale dunes recently, 2 of which have a track record for supporting Little Grebe pairs in at least some years. The Teal thing is interesting, i’ve Encounter them twice recently in Birkdale, both late evening flying in small groups, maybe left over wintering birds.

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  2. Although I’ve seen Swallows in the Ormskirk area, today’s were the first of the year over the garden and adjacent fields, along with my first House Martins of the year. Happily the fields also hosted hares again today, and my neighbour reckons he’s seeing them every day. But he does get up at silly-o’clock. Now the wait begins to see if the Swallows will nest here again this year. Last year’s had one successful fledging of four, and one abandonment of a different nest when an adult went missing and the job was too big for a single parent. Sadly I had to destroy the nest because the resulting corpses began to smell really badly.

    Tony

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  3. Went for a long walk from home around the surrounding area in St Helens taking in Wheatacre Wood, Sankey Valley Country Park and farmland between Winwick and Burtonwood.

    1st Swift of the year over Wheatacre Wood.

    One of the fields near to Burtonwood is usually always flooded. This had at least 3 Little Ringed Plovers, 1 Redshank, 1 Dunlin, 2 Swallow, 1 House Martin and 1 Yellow Wagtail.

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