Sunday, 26 September 2010

Formby Point - 26.9.10

We realised we hadn't been to see the Red Squirrels at Formby for quite a while so went their early Sunday morning.  There has been a significant decrease in numbers since the Grey Squirrels passing on the squirrel pox so we thought we'd be lucky to see any.  When we were there is 2005 we saw about half a dozen within the first five minutes, but we went fully 45 minutes before seeing one today.
We passed the time, however, by photographing a pair of Jays - they are rather active and unwilling to sit still for long to be photographed.  We managed to get a few passable shots.
We carried on with the intention of heading out in the direction of the beach to see what we could see when I saw a little bushy red tail!
Red Squirrel
This chap was mostly to be found hiding behind branches and seemed of a rather nervous disposition, however, we managed to capture him briefly. 

There then followed a bracing walk along the beach.  The day was sunny but cold.  A couple of horse riders came out for a gallop together with every man and his dog!

We photographed a few gulls, but apart from them, the odd cormorant, oystercatchers and crows, there wasn't much about.

Black-headed Gull

Black-headed Gull

Black-headed Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull

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