Seabird trickle

Posted on - In Heysham Bird Observatory (LWT)
Not a bad seawatch this morning for a routine day list but nothing new for the year and yet again no hirundines and the only squall to spice things up was right at the endSea 0715-0915 NHWGannet - 12 different ones in/out (inc flock of 6)Common Scoter - 22Red-throated Diver - 4 Guillemot - 1Razorbill - 1Manx Shearwater - 5 (1+4)Sandwich Tern - 4 out 2 on buoyArctic Skua - dm in 0900 after shower (plus a very distant prob small skua about 10 mins earlier)OthersTurnstone - 99 roosting on wooden jetty but no obvious sign of ShagShelduck - pair making breeding season sort of noises on the Near Naze!...
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Poor Old Oyk

Posted on - In Another Bird Blog
There came something of a surprise with a recent email from the BTO. The message concerned an Oystercatcher found dead by a member of the public at our ringing site near Oakenclough on 18th April 2018. The bombshell was the fact that our Oystercatcher had died at the grand old age of 22 years, 7990 days after being ringed at the same place on 2nd June 1996. This is a site where a number of pairs Oystercatchers breed every year, an inland and upland location with a reservoir where the Oystercatchers nest on the rocky shores dependent upon water levels but also in adjacent fields. Even my memory of ringing occasions doesn't stretch back 22 years so I looked up the original ringing data on our Fylde Ringing Group database and there it was. Ring number FR86494, ringed as a chick, one of two youngsters on 2 June 1996. IPMR dataI s...
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The Bakers Dozen….

Posted on - In Birds2blog
....and a few dozen others.Whinchat. Jan Larsson @ Vingspann Always a good idea for some footwork to take a closer look in the fields and on the fence posts along Jeremy Lane around this time of the year, and yesterday was definitely a good idea, and didn't take long for one bird to develop into 12 Wheatear in one field - the bakers dozen was made up with one at Cockersand later - but wait a minute, the bird further into the field isn't a Wheatear, it's a female Whinchat.A Goldeneye is lingering on at Conder Pool, it thinks it's one of the 14 Tufted Duck it was diving with, a Greenshank was in company with 38 Redshank. The Common Sandpiper I saw again today is almost certainly the wintering bird, it was again in the very same area I found it in virtually every time I visited throughout the w...
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Return to Bowland

Posted on - In Brian Rafferty Wildlife Photographer
At long last the weather had warmed up and Spring was well and truly on the way in fact for a few days it was more like Summer with temperatures soaring into the seventies!! Nature responded and migrants started arriving and spring flowers were blooming.I decided therefore to visit Bowland where I hadn't been for some time to see if the birds that favour this beautiful part of Lancashire had returned to their breeding haunts on the high moors.It was very nice to revisit some of my favourite parts of Bowland and good to see that the waders and grouse that breed up there had returned.Numbers were on the low side and I travelled many miles to capture some images for the blog.Lapwings did seem to be in good numbers and I enjoyed myself photographing at close range a male bird which was using a roadside rainwater pool to bathe and drink.A pair o...
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The skua season kicks off

Posted on - In Heysham Bird Observatory (LWT)
Sea 0700ish to 0830ishArctic Skua - 1 dark morph in 0714, 2 dark morph in 0745Manx Shearwater - probably the same one u-turningRT Diver - 2 in then onLittle Gull - ad slowly inCommon Scoter - flocks of 5 +10 + 20Whimbrel - one in & 3 on oe saltmarshGannet - 3 in distantly, two out closeRB Merganser - one inWhitethroat singing Heysham barrowsRock Pipit still near harbour entrance...

Buzzy!

Posted on - In Fleetwood Birder
I had a busy morning yesterday ringing at the School with lots of buzzy Lesser Redpolls! I've said this numerous times before, probably every year at this time of year when Redpolls are on the move, but you can't beat clear skies in April with Redpolls flying overhead giving their buzzy call as they head to woodlands north and east! Lesser RedpollI got to the School about 5:00 a.m. and had my nets up by half past. I had clear skies with a light easterly wind. It didn't feel like a grounded morning, but there was obviously a few grounded migrants about as I had four Lesser Whitethroats (including 3 that I ringed), two Blackcaps (one ringed), a Chiffchaff and six Willow Warblers (all ringed). Willow WarblerAs I hinted at above I had a busy morning ringing and I ringed 49 birds as follows:Blackbird - 2Willow Warbler - 6Lesser Redpoll...
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Change Of Scene

Posted on - In Another Bird Blog
With a forecast of a good sunny morning I decided to have a drive up to the hills to see how things were going in this belated spring. With luck I’d have three hours of birding before the parades of wannabe Bradley Wiggins’ showed up in their day-glow clothing and very loud voices that scare the birds away.It’s a forty minute drive and a bridge over the northbound M6 before I hit the beginnings of the Trough of Bowland."Click the Pics" for a closer look. Bowland, Lancashire Bowland The quiet of early morning was broken mostly by the sounds of displaying Curlew and Lapwing. To lesser extent were the calls of Oystercatcher, Redshank and Snipe, all in the throes of establishing their breeding territories but the last three tend to be later breeders. Redshank Oystercatcher Snipe I lost count of the Mistl...
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Avocet!

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A welcome addition to the already impressive year list when Pete Crooks had an Avocet fly south at 0810 over the wooden jettySome decent ringing recoveries just receivedOystercatcher4117552       Nestling  12/06/16          Fijatshlid, Iceland  67 7 N 19 8WSighted                         17/04/18         Heysham Near NazeBlackbirdLA28964       2CYM       16/03/15          Heysham NRDead                   ...
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