Canada 2 – Pochard 1

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Middleton Nature Reserve (late am)Two Canada Geese this morning again on model boat pond and again flew off (without any obvious disturbance) in SE direction. Only one male Pochard today, presumably the long staying bird from 2016.6 Mute2 Canada Geese3 Moorhen11 Gadwall7 Mallard1 Pochard7 Tufted Duck1 Water Rail3 Meadow pipit (one displaying)A couple of images below from model boat pond. Not to Janet's excellent standard, but they do show a reasonable selection of ducks etc.MD...

20th Feb. Glodcrest

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Checked out Middleton Nature Reserve again this morning, trying to relocate colour ringed Grey Wagtail. No luck.The wildfowl status was as per yesterday, but no Canada Goose.At least one Goldcrest with mixed tit flock on western boundary with golf course.MD...
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19th Feb. Canada 1 – Pochard 2

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Middleton Nature Reserve (late am)The four immature mute have now departed. Leaving three adult pairs.Also:1 Canada Goose (model boat pond then flew to SE)2 Pochard (male)9 Gadwall 4 Tufted Duck7 Mallard2 TealColour ringed Grey Wagtail was to west of Tim Butler pond. Could only manage a few glimpses of rings and failed to confirm the colour bof top ring on right leg. Peter has "details"MD...

Keeping Up The Pressure.

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If I was going to keep up the pressure on the Lune Estuary, yesterday wasn't the day to do it, visibility in the murky, damp, and drizzle conditions was poor to say the least, but if I said there were a few thousand waders here as illustrated when they went into the air probably due to a raptor attack, at least 4,000 were Lapwing. Most interesting because of their irregular appearances here were 3 Knot, otherwise I found no more than 250 Golden Plover which were difficult to see on the weed covered stones, 14 Black-tailed Godwit, a single Bar-tailed Godwit,  and saw just 4 Goldeneye today. Of note on Conder Pool, 25 Oystercatcher had taken up here, with 20 Curlew and 9 Redshank in the wader camp, and a female Goosander and 10 Tufted Duck ...

Bows & Arrows!

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Date / Time Start date:  Sat, 18/03/2017 - 10:00am - 3:00pm Learn how to work with wood and make your own bow & arrow at this workshop aimed at children aged 6+. The event is FREE (donations are welcome though). Summary:  A workshop for children aged 6+ at Heysham Nature Reserve, creating your own bow & arrow in the great outdoors! Main image:  Booking details Booking required?:  Yes Admission charge:  No Audience:  Families ...
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And so on to that frustrating fog

The Safari met up with the Community Arts team again on Saturday to do a bit of a history talk followed by a wander round the park to see what we could see. They had all sorts of activities planned too, one of which was 'seed bombing' and we were to look out for a suitable area for their wetland mix of seeds during our walk.Filling a seed bomb - more like a seed scatterer actuallyAs with Thursday's event we were on the look out for interestingly shaped and/or patterned trees. We found a large Small Leaved Lime tree we didn't know was in there, it was a giant but the trunk forked too low down to be able to do the measuring the age with a tape measure trick. Hawthorns often have good bark and trunk shapes, these two are right by the children's play area.Did you spot the litter between the trees? fortunately some of the group were armed with b...

The Language of the Song Thrush (February 2015)

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"Song Thrush" (Click over to enlarge)Photo: Kindly shared with us courtesy of Craig Bell.  If you want to check outmore of Craig's bird photos then click hereI have been sat here enjoying my thoughts of the beautiful song thrush whilst in song at this very time of the year and have written the following poem (with the aid of the thrush) entitled "The Language of the Song Thrush (Feb/March time) which I hope you can enjoy:Now is the time, the perfect time to listen to the Song Thrush,Some may call him a "Throstle",There are others (sad to say) who would call him (Throttle),He sits so high he cannot go any further if he tried,It's such a special time of the year for him to show toANOTHER, and the World at large, and what a show,He will sing and sing and sing for one hour at once,I love to write down his song in my little book,I...

A busy week followed by frustrating fog

The Safari had a few opportunities to look at the sea this week but there wasn't much doing. On Thursday we joined up with a local Community Arts group to see what natural materials and things wild we could find for their project. We started off at the chapel at the entrance to the old cemetery  We measured some trees, finding out their age with a tape measure and a clever piece of card and a friend to discover their height. One some of the trees have had a garnish of bat boxes placed around them.Anywhere where there's old(ish) trees we look for faces in them. This one's probably no the best we'll ever find. Beneath the trees we found a few fresh fungi coming up through the grass.We found a Holly tree which had been attacked, like almost all Holly trees, by the Holly Leaf Miner fly. This one has hatched rather than the larva within the...

Grillers In The Mist

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Aldcliffe birding's been a bit on the predictable side of late. The last three or four visits have seen me looking at pretty much the same birds, in the same places.But today was different. Today we had persistent mizzle. Today we had apparent 'movement' of birds.Things started out as normal; Freeman's Pools was hosting a few tufted duck and goldeneye along with the regular residents. 150 or so pink-footed geese were grazing on the drumlins.Frog Pond had its attendant wigeon flock - and the drake shoveler, lately faithful to Darter Pool, had relocated to this larger water. In the fields, curlew were feeding and with them a couple of fine black-tailed godwits (my first on the patch this year).A further 9 black-tailed godwits were frantically feeding on the Flood where a sure sign of impending spring included a flock of 9 meadow pipits.Two di...
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Minister on the mosslands

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Release date:  Sun, 19/02/2017 (All day) Main image:  Summary:  Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey has given Government support to restoring England’s peatlands while visiting Little Woolden Moss. The Minister praised your Wildlife Trust after it received £993,000 investment from the Heritage Lottery Fund to restore “Salford’s rainforest” at Little Woolden. Born in Billinge and brought up in Formby, Dr Coffey said: “Protecting our peatlands is essential not only to benefit the local countryside but also tackling greenhouse gas emissions, improving water quality and supporting wildlife. read more...