Two 2CY Meds

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The cutting edge was a bit less blunt this am with 2 x 2CY Med Gulls on the outfalls in much better viewing conditions than yesterdayAt least 5 singing Reed Warbler Middleton including one in SE corner of model boat pondA Freyers Pug graced the moth trap but not a lot elseGrey Seal off outfallsFox ran across Moneyclose lane...
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Continuing Pied Fly Fest

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I make no apologies at all for posting some more on Pied Flycatchers as Gail and I checked our boxes again in the Hodder Valley yesterday. A few boxes no longer needed checking because they were still empty or hadn't progressed from a half completed nest for example, but we had a few birds to ring so it still took us a couple of hours. Pied FlycatchersIn total we ringed 49 birds made up of 32 Blue Tits, 14 Pied Flycatchers and three Great Tits. All were chicks from the boxes, and next week we should have something like 60 Pied Flycatcher chicks to ring! The clutch sizes of the Tits have been very small and this is certainly a phenomenon of recent years, and perhaps indicates the difficulty the adults are having finding food for their chicks. Climate change is certainly playing a roll in this with the hatching of young out of sync with ...

Secrets of the "Runelled Pot Hole Pavement" – Hutton Roof

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The beautiful "Runelled" Pot Holes of this fabulous placeSunday 28th May 2017 - Dalton and Hutton Roof Crags 1400hrs to 1800hrs with Peter from StorthI was recently contacted by my old friend Peter from over in Storth who is busy at the moment researching and creating beautiful little "Geotrails" publications and is shortly to do one for the Farleton, Hutton Roof and Burton Areas. He had decided to take up my invitation to come along with me and view the magnificent pavement which we have decided to call "The Runelled Pot Hole" pavement.  The pavement is so special in its geological features and in addition holds Angular Solomon's Seal, Limestone Ferns, Brittle Bladder ferns and other nice things. It is not easy to find this pavement it is tucked away and can be a little tricky to find (unless of course you have a helicopter and could ...

Lots of common seagulls

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Couldn't pull anything out of the bag on the outfalls this morning:Sandwich Tern - 1 outGannet - 2 casually noted flying outLate afternoon sunshine saw one male Red-veined Darter being seen in the SW corner of Middleton model boat pond and 'with' it a probable female (per Dave)Broad-barred White in the moth trapGrey Seal offshore and Weasel Middleton NR...

Sitting at the dock of the bay

The Safari was able to get an hour down at the old dock where mooring pontoons have been commandeered by a colony of nesting terns. Actually there wasn't anywhere to sit so we were standing against the railings.The terns are sat on their nests right below your feet!and offer crippling views  as they come and gosometimes bringing food for egg incubating matesRight by the huge Mute Swan's nest was this Arctic Tern sitting tight. The swan's nest is constructed between heaps of driftwood.The Common Tern's nest in the first pic got trodden on by the male Mute Swan as he clambered aboard the pontoon to join his mate. Somehow he only managed to kick a bit of cardboard over the eggs and managed not to crush them. Not the best place to build your nest - bit like pitching a flimsy tent in the inside lane of the M6 and hoping the trucks won't squ...

Slowly Does It

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As I drove slowly along Head Dyke Lane I heard a singing Chiffchaff and then saw a Kestrel watching over a field from an overhead line. At Gulf Lane the sitting Oystercatcher raised her head above the crop to see what the stopped vehicle was up to. She sounded a warning but the rapidly growing crop has already outpaced any tiny youngsters and I couldn’t see them. A pair of Skylarks circled and then dropped into the same area of the field and I made a mental note of the spot for another day. All I saw from the Braides Farm gateway was a single Roe Deer, 400 yards from me but just a few yards from the sea wall with not a tree in sight; a strange beginning to my journey of Cockerham to Conder Green. Roe DeerThere are still 3 pair of Avocets at Conder Pool and one pair have two youngsters that scurried along the water’s edge at ...
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Barbondale….A Good Turnout.

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I rarely fail to be rewarded with return visits on the same day if possible, to any birding location to see if I missed anything the first time around, and always make sure I return to Barbondale within a couple of weeks of my first visit in May....Thursday was no exception.I found 12 Pied Flycatcher, this is as good as it gets to date for the Pied Flycatcher at Barbondale, and although it took me three hours, I also eventually found a pair of Spotted Flycatcher, but a pair of Siskin was the surprise of the day, the first I ever saw here, and don't recall seeing any recent records of the species here.Treecreeper Richard Pegler  Staking out for 15 minutes in one place, I saw 5 Treecreeper, an all time best count for me at one sighting, a male Great-spotted Woodpecker joined a Treecreeper in the same tree, and I saw the on...

Our first Schmalhauseneii is on it’s way plus lots Holly, Reptiles etc etc

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Schmalhauseneii No.1 (Click over to enlarge)Saturday 27th May 2017 - Dalton, The Common and Lancelot Clark Storth (CWT) 1000hrs to 1400hrsVery humid sort of morning which did eventually break down with thunder storms and terrential rain showers. Just got caught out at 5 minutes from home.  Nice to have a good soaking now and again - cools tha down lad!Right from the off it was Garden Warblers in Dalton, two on the Common (which were known to me from previous years) and also three singing in Lancelot. I had the redstart calling in Dalton Crags, Tree Pipits (4) all on territory in Dalton and Lancelot. Green Woodpecker (2), Cuckoo (1) and that beautiful Whitethroat going at it with repetitive mode.... brilliant call!I had 7 Small Heath Butterflies in Dalton and Lancelot.  In fact I could have sworn I had a Ringlet in Dalton, which wo...

Southern Marsh Orchids, Ladys Slipper and Ferns etc etc.

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A Southern Marsh Orchid seen today (Click over to enlarge)Friday 26th May 2017 - A "Lancashire" spot just over the county boundary for me and which has loads of beautiful "WHITETHROATS" singing from almost every bush! 0900hrs to 1100hrsAnd that's what I went for to try and list the Whitethroats, Lesser Whitethroats and Sedge Warblers, but to be honest with you I listed the first pair of Whitethroats and could hear lots more nearby, but my eye was taken off to check out a boggy water flush area which on close examination showed perhaps some 50 plus Southern Marsh Orchids, with most of them being in early stages and perhaps needing a couple of weeks to be showing their best, but also there were just a few which were pretty well on.The area also turned up a little "Ragged Robin" and a solitary "Common Twayblade" so most of my time had been tak...

Osprey Update

Posted on - In Brian Rafferty Wildlife Photographer
A while ago I posted about the new osprey site in the Southern Lake District.I have visited again recently to see what progress if any had been made.It is good news that this latest pair of ospreys seems to have mated successfully and the female bird is sat tight on the nest.This would indicate that eggs have been laid and it is now a matter of time to see if they hatch into osprey chicks.I observed the nest from some distance away so as not to disturb the birds and I will return in a few weeks to see what progress there has been.Whilst observing the nest location the male osprey returned from time to time.I didn't see him bring in any fish for him or his mate I can only hope that  he will be a good fisher when he hopefully has many more mouths to feed.I managed a few shots of the male as he perched up in nearby trees and generally fle...
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