Up on the roof

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Heron on roof

Basking in the winter sun watching the world go by, this heron brought to mind Kenny Lynch’s 1962 Top Ten Hit, Up on the roof.  

“On the roof it’s peaceful as can be
And there the world below can’t bother me”

Written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin
Covered by The Drifters and many others 

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Heron on roof

 

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Nice chimney!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Birdlife – Blackpool

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Quite a severe frost last night for round here. Glad my fuchsias were well wrapped up and protected from the elements.

Went looking to see if the Desert Wheatear was still around. No signs. Hope it’s survived and moved on to warmer climes.

A pied wagtail foraged in the dunes.

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Pied wagtail

A plastic duck hung around.

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Plastic duck

Stonechats flitted about in the Lytham St Annes Nature Reserve.

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Stonechat

Oystercatchers mingled on the seashore.

In the distance the Lake District, its peaks capped in a dusting of snow, looked stunning.

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Blackpool and beyond

The peregrine sunned himself on his regular perch.

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Peregrine

What’s not to like about bright wintry days?

Alien bug on Blackpool seafront

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From some distance away it caught my eye.

Discarded by the tide and left stranded on the stepped sea defences, I approached the lifeless creature.

It looked like a little bug from another world.

I scooped it up and placed it in my rucksack.

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Alien bug

Another weird and wonderful artefact to add to an ever-growing collection of beach debris!

 

 

 

What’s this lot looking at?

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Twitchers – St Annes beach

Another glorious day in these parts and it’s impossible to turn down the opportunity for a beach walk and enjoy the sounds and smells of the seaside.

A lonesome sanderling scuttles along the seashore.

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Sanderling

A solitary man enjoys his time and space.

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Time and space

A gaggle of twitchers are onto something in the sand-dunes.

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What’s going on?

I see a little bird flitting about. Being a novice I think it might be a bunting of sorts, and approach one of the birders who tells me it’s a Desert Wheatear.  He invites me to look down his scope.

It’s lovely.

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Desert wheatear

Desert Wheatears are rare in these parts; this dainty little bird looks happy enough catching insects and grubs.

I wonder what will happen to it.  Has it been blown off course or just stopped off for a break on its journey to warmer climes?  Will it stay?  Will it find enough to eat?  Will it survive?  I hope so.

From a distance I take snapshots. I’m really pleased with my amateur offerings!

Good luck little Desert Wheatear.

Beaver moon

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Beaver moon on Monday
Sadly, in these parts,
sky wearing a thick cloak of cloud

Pity

Big moon = big tides = fishing opportunities

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Fishing opportunities

Big tides = gruesome finds on the seashore

Big tides = scenic snap to counterbalance the gore

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Full moon = full tide

A crab apple a day …

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… keeps a young herring gull entertained

 

Little whirlpools gurgle under the sand
and bubble between gaps in the sea defences

 

Central Pier
enjoys peace and quiet
at the end of a bustling season

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Central pier

Blackpool in November.  Marvellous!