The ‘outfalls from Ocean Edge foreshore’ routine

Heysham ObsLimited to long-range scans with my leg injury and that didn't make things very easy with an intermediate-toned-mantle on large gull sat on the rocks at the seaward end of Heysham One.  Presumably that photographed by Janice (thanks for sharing) a day or so ago sat on the wooden jetty at high tide.   Would like a decent view!Outfalls/Red NabMed Gull - at least 14 including 4 2CYLittle Gull - moulting adultLarge Gull - possibly the bird photographed by Janice the other day - putative ad Yellow-legged Gull ...

Blog Post: Guest blog: Finn the hen harrier takes flight

Findlay Wilde is the young conservationist and blogger behind Wilde About Birds . Finn is a young female hen harrier who, together with her three brothers, fledged from one of two nests on Forestry Commission land in Northumberland this month.  Finn was satellite tagged as part of the Hen Harrier LIFE Project and is named after Findlay, who was one of the winners of Ecotricity’s Young Green Briton competition last year. Run by Britain’s leading green energy company, the competition looks to find the country’s greenest youngsters and gives them a chance to speak about a key environmental topic on stage at WOMAD Festival. Ecotricity was so impressed by Findlay’s passion and focus on the issue of hen harriers that the company funded the satellite tag.  Here, Findlay shares with us that passion for hen harriers and his hopes for our ...

Blog Post: Guest blog: Finn the hen harrier takes flight

Findlay Wilde is the young conservationist and blogger behind Wilde About Birds . Finn is a young female hen harrier who, together with her three brothers, fledged from one of two nests on Forestry Commission land in Northumberland this month.  Finn was satellite tagged as part of the Hen Harrier LIFE Project and is named after Findlay, who was one of the winners of Ecotricity’s Young Green Briton competition last year. Run by Britain’s leading green energy company, the competition looks to find the country’s greenest youngsters and gives them a chance to speak about a key environmental topic on stage at WOMAD Festival. Ecotricity was so impressed by Findlay’s passion and focus on the issue of hen harriers that the company funded the satellite tag.  Here, Findlay shares with us that passion for hen harriers and his hopes for our ...

Delayed fall

Heysham obsIt looked like there should have been a few migrants this morning but the CES time period at Middleton was very quiet.   A quick visit by one of the two ringers to the office saw at least 5 willow warblers calling there.  Then at about 1100hrs the most pronounced movement of warblers I have ever seen outside the early hours.  First indication was at least 5 willow warblers and a whitethroat in the hawthorn next to the ringing base. These quickly headed inland avoiding the three nets still in operation but the next net round more than doubled the morning's ringing total!Ringing MiddletonCatch included high single figures of whitethroat and willow warbler, three sedge warbler, two lesser whitethroat and blackcap and a reed warbler.  The juvenile Cettis  warbler caught the other day was retrapped. ...
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Mixed fortunes on the beach

The Safari has had three days of groups on the beach on the trot which is good. Yesterday we were out early before work on the nature reserve again. The signs promised a good session and we were thrilled to see the Elder bush by our old cabin full of birds again. The, or most likely a different, Garden Warbler was feasting away with Willow Warblers, Chiffchaffs, Whitethroats, a Lesser Whitethroat, Woodpigeons, Blackbirds and a couple of Chaffinches, but strangely we only saw one Blackcap.It all went quickly down hill once we left there though with very little else seen until we got to the scrape where the Garganey was still in residence and still too far away for a pic. Today there were three Teal with her. Behind us in the trees both Willow Warblers and Chiffchaffs sang and we heard Long Tailed Tits conversing with one another but didn't s...

Mixed fortunes on the beach

The Safari has had three days of groups on the beach on the trot which is good. Yesterday we were out early before work on the nature reserve again. The signs promised a good session and we were thrilled to see the Elder bush by our old cabin full of birds again. The, or most likely a different, Garden Warbler was feasting away with Willow Warblers, Chiffchaffs, Whitethroats, a Lesser Whitethroat, Woodpigeons, Blackbirds and a couple of Chaffinches, but strangely we only saw one Blackcap.It all went quickly down hill once we left there though with very little else seen until we got to the scrape where the Garganey was still in residence and still too far away for a pic. Today there were three Teal with her. Behind us in the trees both Willow Warblers and Chiffchaffs sang and we heard Long Tailed Tits conversing with one another but didn't s...

Blog Post: I spy with my little eye…

When you think of Leighton Moss what images spring to mind? Peaceful reeds swaying in the wind, majestic marsh harriers soaring high or even brilliant bearded tits feeding from the grit trays? What ever your reason to come here, a visit can often be enhanced by looking through a good pair of binoculars and our retail manager Vicki Hickman tells us why... The other day I took my faithful RSPB 8x 42HD’s out for a wander down to the Causeway hide and, after much deliberation of where to sit I settled in to watch the spectacle of Leighton Moss unfold. I get asked a fair bit about which binoculars to recommend and as I scooted my elbows along the wooden support for a comfy position - that day was no exception. Believe it or not I am a rather amenable person and I happily replied with my top three things I like about this particular pair: Clar...

A Hedgehog fungi and Montanum Day (23rd August 2016)

Well I have lots of stuff to blog about as soon as I can and will share with you soon.  I have recorded but not yet put into blog a piece on “Flowers I have found on the edges of Maize or Fodder Beet fields in Dalton near Burton in Kendal” you may be surprised just to see what variety we get take for instance: Solanum nigrum or maybe better known as the Black Nightshade and what about Galinsoga quadriradiata which isn’t but just looks very similar to it’s relation the Gallant Soldier.  But that’s all for another day because today I want to talk about what went on Tuesday last when I decided to make it a Hedgehog and Montanum day.Hypericum Montanum No.3 - Click to enlargeIt started whilst going through Dalton Crags and looking out for just anything available and worthy of note.  It was even worth (to me) to make gps ...

Sculptures, stone circles, labyrinths and more at Brockholes

Release date:  Wed, 03/08/2016 (All day) Main image:  Summary:  We have been celebrating the latest addition to the visitor features at our Brockholes nature reserve with the Wind In The Willows sculpture trail. This joins our other 2016 additions of the stone circle overlooking the Ribble, the labyrinth by the parking area, and the lakeside boardwalk. The new trail features person-size sculptures of the lead characters from the Wind in the Willows and takes you on a neat route around this wonderful nature reserve. Along the way you can enjoy some magnificent vistas and plenty of opportunities for bird watching. read more...

Sculptures, stone circles, labyrinths and more at Brockholes

Release date:  Wed, 03/08/2016 (All day) Main image:  Summary:  We have been celebrating the latest addition to the visitor features at our Brockholes nature reserve with the Wind In The Willows sculpture trail. This joins our other 2016 additions of the stone circle overlooking the Ribble, the labyrinth by the parking area, and the lakeside boardwalk. The new trail features person-size sculptures of the lead characters from the Wind in the Willows and takes you on a neat route around this wonderful nature reserve. Along the way you can enjoy some magnificent vistas and plenty of opportunities for bird watching. read more...