Another soggy day in the North West. Perfect for hide-hopping at Leighton Moss, one of the RSPB’s special places.
Causeway Hide, the first stop to shelter from driving rain. The mere is full of raucous chatter and activity. Identifying the vast array of ducks and waders is aided by brilliant pictorial guides of who’s who posted on the inside of each of the seven hides dotted around the reserve.
From Causeway Hide
Favourite sightings of the day: watching a male and female bearded tit rummaging around in the bulrushes (see clump above – they’re in there somewhere!); half a dozen snipe with their long beaks, like mini-pneumatic drills, poking into the soft mud; a magnificent marsh harrier flying over the reedbeds on the hunt for unsuspecting prey.
Teal – from Eric Morecambe Hide
With a variety of trails and seven hides, there’s every chance of the visitor seeing something awesome at Leighton Moss.
Sightings of the day (13/02/18):
Bearded Tits (M&F)
Marsh Harrier (M)
Roe Deer (x3)
Tree Creepers (5+)
Polly Styrene has taken to her new modelling career
- Polly modelling hat and cowl
Polly modelling hat
But she’s evoked yet another earworm
And so it was that later
As the miller told his tale
That her face at first just ghostly
Turned a whiter shade of pale
There’s a lot that goes on at Mrs Johnson’s Emporium
on Bond Street, Blackpool South Shore.
This Cavern of Wonderment is a crafter’s paradise
and den of inspiration and encouragement
She was sitting in British Heart Foundation’s shop window in St Annes, modelling a wig. I didn’t want the wig. She wasn’t for sale. After a bit of friendly banter, the kindly shop assistant let me have her. For £1.50. A bargain!
I tucked her under my arm and hurried home, with an earworm.
He’s a germ free adolescent
Cleanliness is her obsession
Cleans her teeth ten times a day
Scrub away, scrub away, scrub away
The SR way …
That’s when she became Polly Styrene
with apologies to the late Poly Styrene of X-Ray Spex
(Germ Free Adolescence
is listed as one of those albums
you must hear before you die)
Polly Styrene has a future … … …