Smaller in Sardinia

The Safari was off to a flying start with the insects in Sardinia when fresh off the plane on onto the coach when we spotted a shieldbug clinging to the outside of the bus's window.Best we could get with the phone through the coach's tinted double glazed windowOnce we reached the hotel we soon saw several butterflies flitting round the gardens, Large and Small Whites, Clouded Yellow and some little blue ones that were very very fast. Anyway they'd all have to wait until we'd shown our milk bottle white pins at the pool for a couple of hours.In the evening a whizzy thing shot past us and landed on the rocks close by.A Hummingbird Hawkmoth...it would be a few days before we had the opportunity to try to get any pics of them in flight. Eventually we did take about a thousand shots one afternoon one of which might just have come out OK.We'd hav...
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Beginners luck!

Hello! My name is Alice and I am Leighton Moss’ newest Visitor Experience Intern. I am very excited to be following in the footsteps of a long line of amazing interns, and to learn from Leighton Moss' fantastic team of knowledgeable staff and volunteers. Big smiles for all the amazing wildlife here at Leighton Moss! This summer I graduated from Bangor University with a degree in Environmental Conservation, a degree that included completing two professional placements. My first placement was based in the Caribbean, where I worked for Echo, an organisation dedicated to protecting critically endangered yellow shouldered amazon parrots on Bonaire. My role was to develop a native plant nursery and assist habitat restoration efforts in order to improve, diversify and increase yellow shouldered amazon parrot habitat. Not only did the pl...
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Pink foot day

Rather intermittent sea and land coverage this morning at Heysham included monitoring most of the pink feet going over.  Best birds were two light bellied Brent low over the sea heading out and acrossMainly ocean edge then Heysham head visPink footed goose - 770 plus three flocks heard onlyLight-bellied Brent goose - two flying west low over the seaGannet - adult 'grounded' by outfalls, then flew outHaven't got small passerines figures (Jean)Outfalls and red nabLittle gull - possibly two adultsMed gull - 4x 2cy, 2x  ad, one x 1cy...
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John’s 100 up – speaker team is a winner

Release date:  Fri, 30/09/2016 (All day) Main image:  Summary:  The Lancashire Wildlife Trust Speaker team is spreading the word about wildlife conservation in the region. And one of the speakers John Ball will celebrate his 100th talk when he speaks at Whalley Abbey to the Whalley with Mitton Women’s Institute on Wednesday, October 5. John will speak on the Wild Flowers of Lancashire and will delight and amaze the WI ladies. A volunteer at Brockholes, John is often seen leading walks around the nature reserve and on other LWT reserves. read more...

Greece Again

Why bother to go on holiday? I asked the question on Wednesday evening after viewing the overgrown garden, the pile of letters and junk mail waiting to be sorted, never mind the dozens of emails. And then I downloaded the pictures from two weeks in Skiathos to reveal the answer to my question. The island of Skiathos may be just 46 sq km, but many people choose to return for their holidays year after year for the simple fact that it has amongst the best beaches of the Greek islands, a large variety of tavernas, places to stay and the fact that it has a spectacular coastline that begs to be explored. The day before we left for home we too felt the pull of the island and left a deposit to secure our room for 2017. There aren’t many bird pictures in this posting as the weather was mostly too clear and sunny for large scale migration...
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Hobbies…Brockholes Nature Reserve

This last week has seen me visiting a local nature reserve to observe and try and obtain images of hobbies The pleasant warm and settled weather continued and provided perfect conditions for the birds hawking the lakes and woods of Brockholes. On my first visit  on a warm and sunny afternoon there was plenty of activity from raptors and birdwatchers.There were seven hobbies present,a number of buzzards,sparrowhawk and peregrine.We all enjoyed superb views of the birds flying over the woodlands and lakes at Brockholes.I had of course taken my camera gear and was anxious to try and capture some images particularly of the hobbies.I had seen my very first hobby at Brockholes back in 2008,a juvenile bird which stayed for two weeks or more.I had also just purchased my first telephoto lens,a500mm Nikon.I managed some good images of the hobby ...

A few scraps in a squall-free zone

Not a bad seawatch by recent September standards which shows just how dire they have been!Sea 0830ish to 1230ish - definite sightings of noteGreat Skua - distant bird in at 0900, medium range bird in at 1145Arctic Skua - one seen by visiting birdwatcher 0930ishGannet - juv outKittiwake - 2-3 adults seenGuillemot - one out close inshoreGolden Plover - two outInshore stuffLittle Gull - adult Heysham 2 outfall incoming tideMed Gull - 3-4 x 2CY, 2 x ad, 1 x 1CY ...

Cockersand Scores Again.

I gave in to the wet and windy weather again yesterday which was a blueprint of the day before, and was sat wasting my life away looking at a computer screen when, at 12.51pm my pager went 'ping-ping' to alert me to a text message. The instant I saw the name attached to the message I knew there was a 99% possibility I was going to be shooting off birding and probably to Cockersand. I was right, I was indeed off birding, and it was to Cockersand....I'm a liar....I'm a twitcher after all.As I headed towards Cockerham Sands along Moss Lane, I could see no sign of anyone on the headland, I had expected to see a silhouette on the skyline, and thought I knew the whereabouts of this bird, pessimism kicked in, the bird has gone. But I was wrong again, as I got on the footpath, there was this figure way out on the shore with eyes to the scope. ...

No Reds Today

I suppose my blog title should be 'no reds yesterday' as it was yesterday that I was back in Merseyside surveying, and you've guessed it I didn't see any Red Squirrels!I was surveying in the afternoon and evening at the same farmland site and it was slow. I didn't have the luxury of some vis to keep me entertained so I won't beat about the bush and just list the highlights! These were two Buzzards, four Jays, a Kestrel, nine Long-tailed Tits, a Goldcrest, four Grey Wagtails, three Skylarks, 317 Cormorants (flying to a roost), 16 Linnets and 11,000 Knots (flying to a roost). CormorantsAs the sun set and darkness fell the skies were alight with pinks and oranges from the setting sun and I have included a couple of shots below. It could be seawatching in the morning based on the forecast.Red sky at night......... ...
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