Sweet & Sour!

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I spent a couple of hours at Cockersand on Tuesday, nothing new about that, but it was a pretty disappointing two hours with nothing more of note than a Stock Dove, and a Kestrel seen over Bank Houses, one later over Slack Lane could have been the same bird on wires with 22 Linnet close by at the cover crop. Whinchat. Ana Minguez @ NaturanafotosBut hang on....that's not a Linnet on the fence post is it, it's a Whinchat....nice one.More on the 'nice one' list followed a little later when 6 Ruff were on the Lune Estuary at Glasson, and on Conder Pool, 5 Greenshank, a Common Sandpiper, 2 Snipe, and a new peak of 13 Little Grebe ended what I'd call Tuesday's birding sweet and sour.Wednesday 20 September.Wednesday didn't shape up much better either, and Plo...
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Sweet & Sour!

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I spent a couple of hours at Cockersand on Tuesday, nothing new about that, but it was a pretty disappointing two hours with nothing more of note than a Stock Dove, and a Kestrel seen over Bank Houses, one later over Slack Lane could have been the same bird on wires with 22 Linnet close by at the cover crop. Whinchat. Ana Minguez @ NaturanafotosBut hang on....that's not a Linnet on the fence post is it, it's a Whinchat....nice one.More on the 'nice one' list followed a little later when 6 Ruff were on the Lune Estuary at Glasson, and on Conder Pool, 5 Greenshank, a Common Sandpiper, 2 Snipe, and a new peak of 13 Little Grebe ended what I'd call Tuesday's birding sweet and sour.Wednesday 20 September.Wednesday didn't shape up much better either, and Plo...
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More productive wader watching but the tide races in

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About 30 minutes too late arriving at Ocean Edge ironically through dealing with issues related to the foreshore.  The nearest small wader flock held a juvenile Little Stint but these were soon flushed by the tide and a much larger flock they joined further to the south appeared to hold two very small waders but everything was very mobile as the tide raced in.  Bar-tailed Godwits were up to 520 but no time to properly count anything else which looked in the numbers they have been in the last few days.  Rather strange looking at a superb wader gathering with no other observers around!Ocean Edge/Red Nab etc 1.5hrs before a high spring tideLittle Stint - at least one juvenileSanderling - at least one in winter plumageBar-tailed Godwit - 520Little Gull - ad winter sat on the sea off the saltmarsh - seemed to have some staining on...

Wednesday is a Ruff day

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Ruff - juv on grass at southern edge of OE then dropped down towards saltmarsh when flushed by dogMed Gull - 8 in careful search - 3 x 1CY, 2 x 2CY, 3 x Ad on Red Nab/outfalls or sand early incoming tideBlack-headed Gull - 1100 - hence sudden difficulty locating Meds!Wheatear - 2RingingDid include 3 Grey Wagtail out of about 7 which flew over - just about the only vis!Otherwise just low single figures of Goldcrest, a Blackcap and a few finches and Blue tits...

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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