Warblers on the move

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Willow Warblers were a feature of the ringing this morning, along with smaller numbers of Blackcaps Sedge and Reed Warblers and, later in the morning, Whitethroats. 50 birds ringed.  (Will put the ringing totals on tomorrow.) A similar movement took place at Leighton Moss where 60 birds were caught.Med Gull count at the outfalls today = 8The only other birds of note at Middleton NR were 2 Water Rails squealing, A Skylark over, heading eastwards and a Kingfisher calling on the reedbed pond....
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Lempet 55 no longer with us plus other Orchids

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Tuesday 25th July 2017 - Hutton Roof 1000hrs to 1200hrsMapped all the Broad Leaved Helleborines along the escarpment areas 23 in total of which 9 are inactive through predation and 14 are active within flower and bud or bud only.It is like playing Russian roulette some days going up on this particular part of Hutton Roof not knowing just what to expect and at times it just a question of waiting your turn!  let me try and explain. Today it must have been my turn or should I say the turn of our splendid specimen No.55, I went to check on the second most precious of "lempets" which is No.55 - dark green stem and stands at 20" in height and has 40 flowers (remember our most prestige No.66 (green stem fell victim of "rust" which attached the rootstock some 3 weeks earlier).  Well this time with 55 which is also a close by specimen of 6...

Den Building

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Date / Time Start date:  Thu, 03/08/2017 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm Thu, 10/08/2017 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm Thu, 17/08/2017 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm Join us for some family fun this summer holidays as we enjoy an afternoon of Den Building here at Mere Sands Wood! No pre-booking required, just turn up on the day. Summary:  Summer holiday family fun at Mere Sands Wood Nature Reserve! Main image:  Booking details Booking required?:  No Admission charge:  Yes ...
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Where Are All The Butterflies?

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Yesterday started cloudy and looked like it might rain as the tide was flowing, but in fact it made a nice sunny day just after noon with no more than a light breeze.Greenshank/Oystercatcher. Pete Woodruff.The 2 Common Tern adult were on the pontoon, there was some interesting behaviour on show, almost as if some courtship taking place, with vocals and wing drooping. Waders of note, up to 100 Lapwing present again, 6 Common Sandpiper, 4 Greenshank, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, and an Oystercatcher pair with young, 3 Cormorant were taking small fry like there was no tomorrow, 2 Little Grebe and 7 Tufted Duck. On the Lune Estuary, 2 Mediterranean Gull adult, and 2 Common Tern adult fishing.Where are all the butterflies?A trip down the A588 to Fluke Hall for a wander along the coastal path to Cockers Dyke produced evidence that in excess o...

Parents get stuck in at Forest School

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Release date:  Mon, 24/07/2017 (All day) Main image:  Summary:  Parents got ‘forest schooled’ by their own children at St Malachy’s end of year barbecue to celebrate about the Forest School Project run with Lancashire Wildlife Trust. The event brought the local community together to celebrate fun, food and nature inside the forest. The Trust has been involved with the school over the past few years, running Forest School sessions, installing the outdoor facilities and training up several of the teachers as practitioners thanks to support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery. read more...

Its back

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The 22nd Med Gull of the morning was the only one on the north harbour wall side and sure enough the above tarsus metal ring indicated it was the returning Czech bird, first seen here as a 1CY in autumn 2003Outfalls/Red NabMed Gull - 21 (12 x ad, 3 x 3CY, 5 x 2CY, including the red darvic-ringed summer plumaged bird seen a bit ago, one juv)Anyone read this :-)Little Gull - Ad summer but no sign 2CYWhimbrel - 4HeliportOystercatcher - 2200 (late influx from SS Groyne - anglers on there again?)Redshank - 260Ringed Plover - 1Med Gull - see above...
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More odds and ends

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No obvious landfall of warblers today so ringing sessions were a bit slow with a single new Grasshopper Warbler and retrap female Cetti's Warbler at Middleton and a couple of out of habitat Sedge Warbler and the more usual 5 new Whitethroat next to the officeOutfalls/red nabJuxtaposed heat-hazed birds but a lot of them.  Could easily have missed something but larophiles note that Heysham One is now back on and the number of gulls has doubledLittle Gull - 2CYMed Gull - 4 x ad/3CY, 5 x 2CY, 1 x 1CY..............at leastOdds and endsDaytime moths on Heysham NR.  Thanks Janet:...
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Weekend wildlife wander

The Safari has had an enjoyable mooch about across several different sites this weekend. And thankfully the weather has been quiet kind and conducive to wildlife spotting. Recently we've been fretting about the loss of the Sneezewort at Monty's favourite walkies site. We were worried that all the tree planting that had been done on the site had shaded it out. Luckily it turns out it's still there and we'd been looking in totally the wrong place, those trees had changed our point of reference. Not only was it still there but there seemed to be more of it than we've seen in the past.Sneezewort - phone picWell that was a relief! It was also a bit of a relief when we were allowed to go out to the nature reserve for a couple of hours with CR and without Monty.We had three 'B's on our hit list. First was a Blackcap - yes we're still missing ...

Topsy-turvy weather seriously hampering Mothing!

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June and July have been rather busy on the publishing front. First of all, I spent a lot of time compiling the Micro-moth Field Tips book for Ben Smart and got it printed and published on time (not my day job!) and then it was onto completing my sections of the Lancashire Bird Report for 2016. Fortunately, both have gone well - the micro book has been widely lauded (and is available through NHBS), the Bird Report is in the editing phase so now I've started on the "Non-avian Vertebrate Fauna of Lancashire". I think I need to retire to get all these things done!Summer is clearly the time for the largest volume of moths in the year but the weather is fine one day and tipping it down/cold the next. If you've followed the Open golf just lately, you'll see what I mean as that's only a few miles from me.However I've had some goodies but mainly moo...

Ups And Downs

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I followed up yesterday’s Yellowhammer sighting by going back for pictures on a quiet and sunny Sunday morning. Yellowhammers tend to be late breeders and it’s not unusual to see and hear them in full song in the latter half of the summer. I saw nothing of the female today, just the male sending out his song acrosss the landscape. His mate is obviously sat on a second brood of eggs not too far away from the various song posts. YellowhammerYellowhammer YellowhammerThe Yellowhammer is in poor shape in this part of Lancashire, part of a national and European decline caused by decreased survival rates and agricultural intensification. I can’t do better than quote from the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) website and include their graph that really says it all. “Yellowhammer abundance began to decline on farmland in the m...
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