Return of the Lapwing

Posted on - In Barrie Tyrer
16th Jan on the way to Clitheroe saw a flock of about 60 Lapwing presumably on one of their reconnaissance  flights from the coast. 17th Jan the Great spotted woodpecker is drumming on the tin plate capping a telegraph pole. Raked all the leaves off the gravel meadow and gave it a quick mow to knock back some of the grass and rush and both to help reduce the fertility of the soil. ...

Another Dull Day

Posted on - In Heysham Bird Observatory (LWT)
Heysham Nature ReserveA low key ringing session by John this morning at the Hut feeding station caught just 21 birds:Blue tit - 4, no retraps was surprisingLong-tailed Tit - 1 plus 4 retrapsGreat Tit- 3 retrapsChaffinch - 1 plus 1 retrapGoldfinch - 1 plus 3 retrapsRobin - 1 retrapGreenfinch - 2NHWall Feeding Site17 Linnets there mid morning with 1 Goldfinch.23 Linnets, 1 goldfinch there on Monday 16th and on Sunday 15th there were 10 Linnet, 1 Dunnock, 1 Robin and 2 Rabbits at the seed.No sign of any Twite and no further information on the reported flock from last Friday.ajd...
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Super mower boost for wildlife

Posted on - In Lancashire Wildlife Trust
Release date:  Sat, 21/01/2017 (All day) Main image:  Summary:  A giant mower will help to clear the way for declining bird species at Brockholes nature reserve. The mower is towed by a quad bike meaning it can get into areas of The Lancashire Wildlife Trust reserve that have proved problematic in the past. Funded by the Lancashire Environmental fund (75 per cent) and the Friends of Brockholes Nature Reserve, the £6720 mower will be great for lapwing and redshank - two of the priority species which are concerning Wildlife Trust officers. read more...

Geese, Swans, And Ducks.

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The Geese.Pink-footed Geese. Pete Woodruff.I reckon there's about seventy five geese in this picture, a small group of the c.2,500 Pink-footed Geese I saw in a field off Jeremy Lane on Monday, with which I found 3 White-fronted Geese. The Swans.Just west off the A588 at Thurnham, 8 Bewick's Swan were in the field on the left off Moss Lane, and the herd in fields towards Cockersand are even more spread out now, from west of Thursland Hill and south towards Bank End, there appears to be still up to 300 Whooper Swan, though I made little attempt to assess them today.The Ducks.Yet another peak count arrived at on the Lune Estuary at Glasson Dock when I counted 37 Goldeneye drifting by on the rising tide, they appear to have deserted their favoured canal basin for the time being.And some other birds.Conder Pool was pretty deserted, though I...

Time For A Rant.

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Spare a minute to take a look at the video and reach your own conclusions about the sickening attitude the countryside Rambo's from the dark ages with guns have on the surplus Pheasants from a shoot, then ask yourself questions like....is this why Natural England - Unnatural England actually - decided to hand out licenses to shoot Buzzard's to protect another bird species so that it can be shot then dumped in a stink pit to rot.I can assure you there's nothing new here, I've found a similar dumps in Bowland over the years, where I go as many times as anyone else does, and more times than most. On one occasion, as if to add to the sickness, the birds had been torched, which is what these same people will be doing to the moors shortly, all in the name of keeping an industry which kills for fun, thriving.All this is the side salad of...
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Time & Tide

Posted on - In Birding Aldcliffe
I finally found a chiffchaff this morning, the first I've come across this winter. It was in the company of a goldcrest (interestingly, I saw more of these today than I have for quite some time) feeding at the far end of Lucy Brook at the northern edge of Freeman's Wood.I spent a good 3 hours rummaging around the area altogether but little else of significant note was to be found.Freeman's Pools continues to host a few goldeneye, tufted duck, teal, gadwall and wigeon while a gaggle of greylags and Canada geese remain faithful to Frog Pond field.LapwingsA couple of jack snipe were with a pair of common snipe at Snipe Bog and good numbers of waders were on the estuary; lapwing, golden plover, redshank, curlew and dunlin.The regular greenshank was on the Aldcliffe Marsh flashes.A flock of some 900 pink-footed geese were grazing in fields betwe...
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Help shape the future of Lunt Meadows

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Release date:  Mon, 16/01/2017 (All day) Main image:  Summary:  Lunt Meadows Nature Reserve in Merseyside has proven very popular since opening last year - and we're looking for your opinions as we continue the development of this wonderful nature reserve. We are looking to get as many opinions as possible from people who visit Lunt Meadows (and equally from those who don’t), to help guide us in the continued development of the site. We want to know what is working, what would improve your experience as a visitor and what you’d like to see changed. read more...

Ratty webs

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A rat was a pain today as it disturbed the heliport roost necessitating a recount and backtrack to sites already counted!  The webs was otherwise fairly routine with just a single ad med gull on fishers roof of note - presumably the Czech bird.
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December’s Ringing Totals

Posted on - In Fleetwood Birder
Over on the right you will see that I have updated the ringing totals for Fylde Ringing Group for the year. We ended up ringing 3580 birds, which is 406 down on last year. Two new species for the year were ringed during December and these were Great Black-backed Gull and Twite. In fact Great Black-backed Gull was a first ringing record for the group.Below you will find the top four ringed during December and the 'Top Ten Movers and Shakers' for the month.Top Four Ringed During December1. Blue Tit - 482= Goldfinch - 28     Linnet - 284. Great Tit - 17Top Ten Movers and Shakers1. Swallow - 826 (same position)2. Goldfinch - 312 (same position)3. Blue Tit - 255 (up from 4th)4. Meadow Pipit - 209 (down from 3rd)5. Lesser Redpoll - 193 (same position)6. Great Tit - 182 (up from 7th)7. Linnet - 162 (up from 8th)8. Goldcrest - 1...

(N)ice Windy Birding.

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More nice birds to be found on Friday, on a brilliant day spoilt only by the unpleasant bitter north wind.Common Sandpiper Antonio PuiggI found the Conder Green Common Sandpiper again today, the first time in 24 day's despite three visits here, the bird was on the marsh on the rising tide with the Spotted Redshank, both initially at rest. The only other birds of any note were last Mondays 3 Goosander on Conder Pool.Not the result of bad timing today as I couldn't have got to Glasson Dock any earlier, but the high 10m+ tide was half an hour away and had already taken over the Lune Estuary, but a walk east along the coastal path to Conder Green achieved the best count this winter here of at least 1,000 Wigeon, with 82 Bar-tailed Godwit, and a lone Little Grebe diving like a good'un and resurfacing like a cork in the raging...