Monday, August 15, 2022

Sunday Monday

Sunday morning. Even in the half-light the garden trees and bushes stood motionless against the clear sky. I grabbed a piece of toast, stuffed some fruit into a bag and set off to have a few hours out Pilling Way.

There were 50 or 60 Swallows around with possibly the remnants of an overnight roost in nearby reeds. I made a mental note to keep any eye on the possibility. The Linnet flock is always dependable and although the numbers on the move, 70/90, didn’t approach recent counts, seven more found their way into the single panel mist net in the seed plot.

That’s 30 Linnets ringed here since June, twenty nine of them juveniles of the year and just one adult. Those thirty give us a head start for the bigger numbers of later autumn and winter with better catches. We just wish that ringers nationwide would try and catch more Linnets so as to gather more data and thereby help this Red Listed farmland species.

Although the soft-focus juveniles present no problems in assigning male or female because their size, the respective plumages are different.

Linnet juvenile/first summer

Linnet male

Linnet female

The overnight clear skies and morning produced little in the way of other new birds except for singles of Robin, Wren and at last, a juvenile Reed Warbler.

Excitement came in the form of the now regular juvenile Peregrine, this time carrying small and dark prey beneath its belly, possibly a Starling.

Not to be outdone, along came a “cream top” Marsh Harrier heading purposely south towards Pilling Village and beyond in the direction of The River Wyre. It was 27 July when we recorded the first of Marsh Harrier of the autumn on the same north to south east trajectory, a route that the species seems to always follow.


Monday was a day with grandkids M and S. We drove up to Knott End village to await the tide dependent ferry for the two hundred yards journey across the Wyre where they could sample again the delights of the ancient fishing port of Fleetwood Town - 2p slot machines followed by a picnic and ice creams. The midday high tide would stay around long enough to take the return ferry in a few hours’ time. Missing the last ferry back to Knott End would entail a tortuous 18/20 miles never ending bus journey.

There are lots of pics below with little or no commentary. Click the pics for a bigger and better trip to West Lancashire.

Follow the fun starting at Knott End, crossing the River Wyre on the ferry, a walk in Fleetwood including the two penny slot machines and then take the journey back to Knott End. The morning was grey with later drizzle and rather spoiled the photos but not the fun.

LS Lowry and Knott End Café

The jetty

Knott End slipway

Here it Comes

The Excitement Builds

Cleaning tidal mud

First Arrivals - Off to Explore Knott End on Sea

Health And Safety 

Emergency Exit

Little And Large

Fleetwood Esplanade


Herring Gull

"Welcome Home" for the trawlermen

Fleetwood fish


More Slots

Even More Slots 

The Sands of South Morecambe Bay

Back on dry land

Riverside Walk - Knott End 

Riverside Walk - Knott End

Grilled Plaice with veg

What better way to finish the day with a couple of grilled Plaice fresh from those Morecambe Bay sands?

Back soon with more news vies and Lancashire treats.


Fun60 said...

What a great day out. I'm a sucker for those 2p slot machines.

eileeninmd said...

Great captures of the Linnets, I love your closeups of the Linnets.
Sounds like a fun day with the grandkids, The views of the little ferry are great, I like the Welcome Home and Back on Dry land sculptures. Take care, enjoy your day!

Wally Jones said...

It's beginning to "feel" like migration is happening. Your report reinforces that feeling.

Fingers crossed that larger numbers of Linnets will be reported as the season progresses. Any day that includes Peregrines and Marsh Harriers is a good day in my bird book.

What a great outing with the grandkids at Morecambe Bay! The grilled fish certainly put an exclamation point on the day!

All is good here in the colonies.

Rostrose said...

Dear Phil,
that looks like two successful days. First the bird ringing, where you were able to catch a relatively large number of juvenile linnets, and then the great boat trip with your grandkids. I liked being part of it, because I love to ride boats, big and small, but my favorite thing is when the spray splashes on my face :-D (Because I feel so comfortable on the water and I also like all countries where there are many sheep, I always say: I was probably a sailor in my previous life. Or a shepherd. Or a sheep ;-DD)
About India: We were there twice, in 2010 and 2013. The first trip was to Rajasthan, where we didn't have any gastrointestinal problems. The second trip was to the south, and there we were all sick for a while, even though we drank no water from a street trader. But we suspect a certain restaurant. The country is really worth seeing and there are great natural paradises. Unfortunately, it is also very dirty - nowhere else in the world have I seen so much plastic dirt in the streets and in nature as (especially) in southern India... I hope they'll get it under control.
All the best,

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