Not quite dipping out

The Safari has been out most days this week. Most mornings we've been round Patch 1 at the crack of dawn mostly counting the Blackbirds, Robins and Wrens we come across. The other day we had a 'good' count of three Moorhens although with two juveniles around there should really be at least four present, and a singing Chiffchaff was a nice bonus to the usual 'extras' of Goldcrest(s) and/or Coal Tit(s). Visible migration has been slow to get going, Patch 1 has only given us a single Chaffinch and a couple of Greenfinches which could have been local birds although we rarely see them in or over the park and these were quite high 'overs'. The same morning as the singing Chiffchaff we had one grounded at Base Camp too.'Vis mig' over Base Camp has been limited to a solitary Meadow Pipit - where are they all??? - and a few skeins, up to a maxi...

Bearded Tit Gritting Season Gets Underway

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This year has seen an early start to the visits by Bearded Tits to the grit tray at Leighton Moss RSPB Reserve. The first birds were seen on the 17th which is 6 days earlier than last year. On the 19th there were at least 9 birds at 10.25 including rather surprisingly 2 birds still in juvenile plumage. Of the colour ringed birds identified there was a female ringed as a nestling in May 2016. Another female from the same brood has been re-trapped earlier this year. To date we have identified 21 adult males and 11 adult female Bearded Tits but we have only ringed 22 juveniles as ringing has been restricted this year by bad weather and access difficulties and at the moment by high water levels.The birds need the extra grit in their gizzard for at this time of year they change their diet from insects to mainly the harder reed seed. John...

Myplace Trainee Placement (x3 posts)

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Quick summary:  These posts are part of the innovative Myplace project, a programme of activity funded by ESIF and The Big Lottery Fund, aiming to address health issues and skills deficits within target audiences through environmental hubs and programmed activity. Salary: National Minimum Wage/National Living Wage  Hours: 30 per week All three posts area based at Lancashire Wildlife Trust Offices: Brockholes Nature Reserve (2 posts) Burnley (1 post) This is a fixed term post for 9 months Salary:  National Minimum Wage Closing date:  Fri, 22/09/2017 (All day) Location:  Bro...

Home from Home

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Sorry there’s no recent news. Sue and I are in Skiathos, Greece for a few days. Back soon but in the meantime there are pictures from recent years in Skiathos. Enjoy, and don’t forget to “click the pics” of Skiathos and its birds.  Skiathos - centre rightRed-backed Shrike Hooded Crow Hoopoe Yellow WagtailSkiathos TownSkiathos TownSkiathos TownKechriaIsabelline Wheatear Whinchat Little EgretYellow Wagtail To The Beach Alonisos -Skiathos Skiathos - Kastro Skiathos Woodchat Shrike Eleonora's Falcon Red-backed Shrike European ShagKoziakis - Skiathos TownView towards Skiathos TownLet's finish with a video of Skiathos. It features the headland of Kastro where the Eleonora's Falcons spend the summer months . Enjoy.    Back soon. ...
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Monday’s Highlight Bird’s.

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Up and down like yoyo's, there's no easy way to get to grips with the number, but after a few attempts I eventually arrived at 12 Little Grebe again on Conder Pool, with 4 Snipe seen, 14 Redshank, and up to 120 Lapwing. In the creeks, the Kingfisher showed, as did the Common Sandpiper both down by the bridge, also 2 Snipe and a Sparrowhawk over. On the Lune Estuary at Glasson, 2 Greenshank, 13 Snipe, 2 Goosander, and a Great-crested Grebe.At Cockersand from the coastal path, I watched a group of up to sixty birds flitting around the field and bushes, of which there was at least 40 Reed Bunting by far a personal best ever count in one sighting of the species, with Meadow Pipit and Skylark around.Rock Pipit. Pete Woodruff. I found my first Rock Pipit of the winter, with 4 Wheatear off the headland. On the circuit, c.5...

Waders to the fore

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The routine coverage of ocean edge and the outfalls saw a decent collection of waders with just over 400 each of grey plover and bar-tailed godwit.Also a single Sanderling amongst the hordes of calidrids (c3000 knot) and two black-tailed GodwitOnly 5 Med gulls could be located - all adultsRinging saw a small influx of goldcrest and an even smaller influx of chiffchaff.   Odds and ends included single sedge warbler, green woodpecker and treecreeper7 little egret ocean edge520 redshank heliport seawallVis mig was unremarkable but included a Siskin (rare this autumn) and a flurry of 65 meadow pipit in 20 mins - more vis data to be added...
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Under the weather

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Heysham Nature ReserveThe weather forecast was for sunny intervals but instead it was cloudy intervals between rain clouds and the vis was as intermittent as the showers:Alba wagtail - 1Linnet - 1Pink-footed Goose - 26Bullfinch- 1Song Thrush - 2Meadow Pipit - 39Chaffinch - 19Grey Wagtail - 5Also filtering through were fidgety Dunnocks, small parties of Goldfinches, the odd Blackcap and Reed Warbler and a party of Long-tailed Tits and Blue Tits.JROutfalls etcBig crash in med numbers - just 6Little egret - 8Grey seal - 2Middleton boat pondGadwall - 21News from Middleton NR later.......
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Fungal Foray

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Date / Time Start date:  Sat, 23/09/2017 - 10:30am This event will be led by members of the North West Fungus Group. Bring a packed lunch. Suitable outdoor clothing and strong footwear recommended. Donations to NWFG welcome. North Lancashire Wildlife Group are a friendly, local group of the Lancashire Wildlife Trust who meet throughout the year to share our interest in the natural world. Anyone who enjoys nature is welcome to join us — no knowledge or experience necessary! For more information and to confirm attendance please contact: Rob Zloch T: 07767 797797   Summary:  A Fungal Foray at Lords Lot, near Over Kellet — a North Lancashire site known for its number and variety of fungi. ...
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Assistant Communications Officer

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Quick summary:  We are looking for an enthusiastic and talented communications professional to join our team for a 12 month period. 37.5 hours per week, 12 month role You will work across a number of major projects, building strong internal relationships and raising the profile of the fantastic work they do. You will support our Communications Manager in raising our profile across a range of national and regional media, attending interviews and supporting project officers during their interviews with the media. Salary:  circa £18,000 pa Closing date:  Tue, 03/10/2017 (All day) Location:  ...

2017 Autumn Visible Bird Migration Daily Records over Hutton Roof and Burton In Kendal

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Just a little sketch showing the directions of migration over Hutton Roof (Click over to enlarge)IF YOU WANT TO CHECK OUT HISTORIC RECORDS PLEASE CLICK OVER THE FOLLOWING LINKS:VISIBLE BIRD MIGRATION RECORDS - AUTUMN 2009VISIBLE BIRD MIGRATION RECORDS - AUTUMN 2014VISIBLE BIRD MIGRATION RECORDS - AUTUMN 2015VISIBLE BIRD MIGRATION RECORDS - AUTUMN 2016VISIBLE BIRD MIGRATION RECORDS - AUTUMN 20172017 - Almost Daily Records below:-Monday 18th September 2017 - Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal 0645hrs to 0745hrs and later Top of Clawthorpe Rd (apex) Nr. Whinn Yeates, Hutton Roof 0900hrs to 0930hrs. Winds North 6-7mph, 7c, 78% Cloud, 1019mb pressureReally quiet today with very little moving, probably because of the pressure with the winds moving complete around and eventually to take on Southerly directions ready for tomorrow. A couple of unrecogn...