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Saturday, 16 October 2010

Starlings by the thousands


On the way to Knott End, I couldn't miss this lot and wasn't going to give up the opportunity to stop, watch and listen.

Starlings are and have been one of my favourite birds since I found a dead one and drew it, sometime around when England won the World Cup.... at football! (I was very young at the time... and gifted, but seem to have grown out of that!).

There was a raptor appeared very briefly and I didn't get chance to even identify it, came in low behind some trees, did a 180 and went back the same way, looked like it was 'coursing' at about fifteen feet above the ground; possibly a Marsh Harrier or more likely a Short Eared Owl as it was dusk; either way the Starlings didn't like it!

Go on catch me if you can...

The Lookout
Towards Blackpool



Pink Footed Geese on the way to Morecambe Bay at Pilling





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Saturday, 9 October 2010

Reflections – without eyes

Sometmes we don't see what is in front of us








Morecambe Bay

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Underneath the... cherry tree




A visit to the Ribble Ribble to spot a Kingfisher I'd been informed of proved fruitless, but as I got back in the car, this little fella (above) dropped onto my jeans! I can tell you what it is or you can guess or leave a comment (no prizes)... I liked him/her.

Some time ago, I know not when, I found a seedling in the gravel on the drive... and now it is a 20 foot cherry tree in the garden that fruited quite well last year, much appreciated by the birds. It has become a landing stage for many a visitor...




While below...

and ten days later... but is it the same bird?

another Tortoishell butterfly on lions teeth

While over at Lytham I dropped upon a small group of Turnstones  – I love these small engaging birds, there is just something about them; probably their plumage but also I think it is their behaviour, somewhat confiding nature and so easily over-looked.




No idea what is going on with this layout.... but just given up, so it will have to do as it is.