A Touch Of Summer

Late May/early June can be boom or bust for bird ringers and birders alike. In early 2021 unpredictability became the norm when unseasonal cold air, regular frosts and nagging northerlies played havoc with springtime migration from Africa to Europe. La…

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Godwit puzzle

Almost breathless first thing before a SW breeze picked up. Some cloud but plenty of sunny spells.Heysham skear – low water 09:45 (MD)Great Crested Grebe 15Red-breasted Merganser 2Eider 1Little Egret 8Curlew c35Bar-Tailed Godwit 1 male in full summer p…

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New, for the year, dragonflies

SW to W fresh wind. Mainly overcast, but some sunny spells.Ocean Edge foreshore and saltmarsh Mediterranean gull 1 second calendar year out from the saltmarsh withc140 Black-Headed gullThe only wader was a single LapwingMiddleton Nature Reserve&nb…

Not a lot…..so far

WSW lighter wind, mainly overcast but some sunny spells in the afternoon.Heysham skear – low water 08:25Eider 3Great Crested Grebe 7 (looks like the additional group of 11 seen last night have moved on)Little Egret 9Lighthouse area mid afternoon T…

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Start, Chaser, & Chats

A Redstart, and Four-spotted Chaser at Holme Wood, and Stonechats on Hawthornthwaite Fell, were the top trio for my little black book. But blink and you’ll miss the male Redstart. Eyes right of centre where the video arrow points to the small bran…

First Great White Egret of 2021

West wind all day, occasional cloud cover but mainly sunny.Middleton Nature Reserve late morning (MD)Mute two pairs with 2 and 9 cygnetsCoot 2 pairs with 3 and 1 chicksMoorhen 5Mallard pair plus 10 well grown youngLittle grebe 1 adultOne of the Coot fa…

Red Kite

A surprisingly cool SW wind eased during the day. Rain showers early on then mainly overcast. Red Kite 1. This is only the second sighting for the recording area, the only previous one being last August.South wall 14:23 (MD). The Kite was high abo…

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Spot the gull

A fresh SSW breeze, overcast till mid afternoon then mainly sunny.South shore mid morning (MD)There were lots of gulls feeding on both outflows including:Mediterranean gull 1 x 2nd calendar year 2cy Mediterranean gull Common gull at least 3 x…

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Still plenty of interest……as long as you have plentiful interests

Light early SWS breeze became quite blustery and SW  by evening. Mainly overcast but still warm.A morning check by Pete:Canada goose 29 south c09:00Mediterranean gull 1 3rd calendar year in summer plumage – with Black-headed gulls, a long way out …

Wader Worries

Today I took a drive in the direction of Cockerham where a few wader chicks would be ready for ringing. There might be wader chicks at Conder Pool too, mostly Avocets, but Conder is another ringer’s domain. Ringers operate within geographical areas an…

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