No Snow, More Linnets

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While the UK crashes to a halt after a few inches of snow, here in coastal and balmy Lancashire we escaped the white powdery stuff and made do with just a few frosty nights and days. It was the same this morning with a -3°C start but dry and wind-free for our ringing session in the wild bird seed mix at Cockerham. Andy and I were joined today by Seumus. After the ringing session all three of us were due to visit a farmland and woodland site in Cockerham where the owners had asked if we were interested in carrying out a bird ringing programme. The minus temperatures and frozen ground of this week may have already caused some Linnets to move off in search of ice-free feeding spots because our maximum spot count today was of less than a hundred Linnets. This compares with recent counts of 330 on 2 December and 140 on 10 December. ...

Monday

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OffshoreEider - lots!RB Merganser - 5Great crested Grebe - 3North wallMed Gull - TWO adults patrollingHeysham HeadStonechat - 2Chough - only seen around paddocks at 1130 otherwise several people couldn't find itMiddletonFrozenTeal - 35Water Rail - 2Common Snipe - 2Cettis singing western marshGoldcrest - 1...
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New project to boost recovery at Heysham Moss

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Release date:  Tue, 12/12/2017 (All day) Main image:  Summary:  A new plan which will help some of our rare butterflies at a Heysham nature reserve will go ahead despite devastation caused by arsonists. A previous project to bring the large heath butterfly back to Heysham Moss was thrown into doubt following the latest attack. However, Lancashire Wildlife Trust were delighted to see caterpillars had survived and butterflies were flying on the moss in summer. read more...

Bearded Tit Gritting Report & Reed Warbler Survival

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The Bearded Tit gritting season at RSPB Leighton Moss, has just about finished. In total I have received details of 355 colour ringed sightings of 69 different birds. Of these 41 are adults and 28 birds of the year. Gritting started early this year in mid September and it appears to have finished earlier than usual. The number of times that birds visit varies considerably. Two birds both adults, were recorded on 15 days. While 20 birds were recorded just once. The ones that visit the most usually follow the pattern of gritting for a few days early in the season and then have a second bout of gritting, probably to top up later in the season.One of the joys of watching the birds so relatively close is the pleasure visitors get out of seeing these usually difficult to see birds so close and for so long. Last week I had three people who h...

Blog Post: Skydancing with Gill Lewis

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Community Engagement Officer for England, Aimée Nicholson, talks about her experiences of working with children's author Gill Lewis. One of the greatest parts of being a Community Engagement Officer for the Hen Harrier LIFE project is being able to go into a school on a morning with children who know nothing about hen harriers and leave the same children, at the end of the day, Skydancing and singing about Harry the Harrier. It is a wonderful thing to behold a future generation of naturalists getting enthused over a very special bird of prey. Children’s author Gill Lewis has spent the past few years doing the same whilst researching and writing her book Skydancer. This is a story about young people living on the moors and their experiences when they encounter hen harriers on this moorland, which is managed for driven grouse shooting. Th...

Chats & Swans.

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The Chats.Stonechat Half Moon Bay 10 December. Pete Woodruff.As it turned out yesterday, it was a smart idea that I decided to take a look over Heysham Head, to then find 2 Stonechat down on the shore at Half Moon Bay. Also noted here, 5 Greenfinch, 2 Robin, 2 Pied Wagtail, and a Meadow Pipit. An hours birding on a Sunday afternoon doesn't come much better than this for me, and the fact I failed to find the long staying Chough anywhere, turned into an irrelevance after seeing two Stonechat instead. The Swans.Whooper Swan Brian Rafferty  I found two more marked Whooper Swan at Cockersand 17 November, both are Martin Mere birds.YCC ringed as an adult female in February 2013.YCB ringed as an adult male in February 2015.Though the history of all three Whooper S...
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No Finer Life

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Date / Time Start date:  Wed, 28/02/2018 - 6:30pm - 9:45pm Time details:  Time: The performance will start at 7.30pm, with doors opening at 6.30pm. The show will run for 1 hour 25 minutes including a 15 minute interval. There will be a 20 minute after show discussion on production, the issues of the countryside and life in Ambridge. Graham Harvey, writer of more than 600 episodes of The Archers, brings to the stage the true tale of an unlikely Cotswold hero and an enduring romance. Set in the Oxfordshire countryside at the end of World War Two, rich in tradition and full of vivid, memorable characters, but this is no nostalgic, bucolic ramble. This is Elizabeth’s story… Summary: ...
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Knot update

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On the 22nd September 2017 519 Knot were colour ringed at Formby point (see previous posts).  In the first couple of weeks we received about 100 sightings from the local area with good numbers feeding in land at Caldy wildfowl collection.  I knew Black-tailed godwit fed on swollen grain readily however I had never heard of Knot doing this.In the 74 days since ringing we have now received over 860 resightings of over 350 individuals from 15 observers.  So far four birds have been seen in Ireland (Dublin bay and Wexford) and five to Morecambe bay with the remainder remaining around Liverpool bay. To put some some of scale on these data in the last 10 years a total of 328 Knot have been re-encountered (mostly retrapped) within the same estuary as their ringing site. In just over 2 months the efforts of 4 main observers have...
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Eider hit a new high but not a lot with them today

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ChoughAlong the footpath fence at SW corner of horse paddock at least just before 10amNorth wallNothing doing on sandworks circuit (16 Linnet)Eider - 1710Common Scoter - 1 poss 2 femaleGreat-crested Grebe - 2Outfalls areaGrey Seal - 1