Bits and bobs

Posted on - In Heysham Bird Observatory (LWT)
Outfalls and red nabDropping tide saw about 30 meds scattered amongst hordes of gulls on the mudflats including 5 2cy togetherRinging in marginal conditions at middleton was highlighted by a juv Kingfisher and a retrapped juvenile Cetti's warbler
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Med Gulls and a wedge

Posted on - In Heysham Bird Observatory (LWT)
When I was a teacher, noticeable wedge haircuts were synonymous with lads you hadn't come across before (in a cover lesson) who sneaked towards the back of the class for a bit of quantitative easing.  Risking the European court of human rights, I usually stuck them under my nose at the front.  One decided to lob some stones at the gulls today and at least enabled an accurate count of 28 Med Gulls on Red NabMed Gull - 29 - c15 2CY, c9 adults, 4 juvs plus another juv on the outfallsLittle Gull - moulting ad on mudflatsSwift - one south...

Please #binit4beaches this summer

Posted on - In Ribble Rivers Trust
If you’re planning on visiting one of the UK’s hundreds of designated bathing water beaches this year you might be shocked to find a wet wipe buried in the sand next to your picnic spot. It’s unlikely that these wipes have been left here as litter; millions of wipes are discarded or wrongly flushed down the toilet each year which means some of them reach our much loved, rivers, beaches and seas after sewers are Continue Reading... The post Please #binit4beaches this summer appeared first on Ribble Rivers Trust. ...

Yes or No. Touch and Go.

Posted on - In Another Bird Blog
Text messages flew back and forth at 5am this morning. There’d been rain most of the night with a forecast that was a little “iffy”, especially so for a site on the edge of the Bowland fells. There seemed just a small window of opportunity for a ringing session. “Let’s go for it” was the final message, so I met up with Andy at 0615 at Oakenclough. The morning remained grey with the camera set at ISO1600 but in between an odd light shower or two we managed a respectable 33 birds. Our total included one or two warblers and our second Tree Pipit of the week. 34 birds - 11 Goldfinch, 7 Goldcrest, 6 Coal Tit, 3 Robin, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Great Tit, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Chiffchaff and 1 Tree Pipit. Tree PipitGoldfinches were around in some numbers today. As noted earlier in the week, there are Goldfinch...

Stargazing at Mere Sands Wood

Posted on - In Lancashire Wildlife Trust
Date / Time Start date:  Fri, 29/09/2017 - 7:30pm - 9:30pm Local astronomer Robert Ince will lead an exciting evening of star gazing at Mere Sands Wood. We'll be using the dark sky around the Reserve to see stars, planets, constellations and other heavenly objects. Powerful telescopes and binoculars will be available for you to try, plus lots of expert help and advice, and plenty of opportunity to ask questions. Summary:  Join the Friends of MSW for an evening of stargazing with a local astronomer. Main image:  Booking details Booking required?:  Yes Admissio...

Butterflies, Bird’s, and a Gull.

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Some leisure time on Sunday at Heysham had KT with me on Heysham Barrows for an hour or so to find 4 Meadow Brown, 2 Small Copper, 2 Common Blue, 2 Gatekeeper, and a Small Tortoiseshell. The only birds seen were 2 Whitethroat, with a Blackbird, Linnets and Goldfinch in flight. It was good to see a Holly Blue on Cotoneaster in our garden yesterday afternoon. Little Gull.Little Gull. Heysham Red Nab 9 August. Pete Woodruff.I was pleased to have found a Little Gull on Heysham Red Nab last Wednesday which I recorded as a 1st summer bird. But on closer viewing the moderate photograph of the bird, it was thought that, what I regarded as the dark wing tips of the bird, could well have been a deceptive view of the rocks on Red Nab appearing to look like the tail end of the bird giving the impression that it was the blackish prim...

Brockholes – Volunteer Ranger

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Quick summary:  The role involves patrolling the nature reserve and carry out daily checks as well as being on hand to assist in emergencies or out of the ordinary situations. Volunteer Rangers are our eyes and ears out on the reserve. You’ll need to share your enthusiasm for the reserve, our wildlife and our conservation work with our visitors and promote the work of Lancashire Wildlife Trust and all that Brockholes has to offer ensuring our visitors make the most of their visit. If you would like to join our friendly volunteer team, please email sarah.leach@brockholes.org in the first instance to register your interest in volunteering at Brockholes. Contact details:  <p> <strong>Email</strong>...

Lost Butterflies

Posted on - In Elizabeth Mills
At last we are getting butterflies in the garden, we had Large Whites and Green veined Whites at the start of the summer then the occasional Meadow Brown and Gatekeeper but only the occasional Tortoiseshell. Now that the buddleia and teasels are flowering we are happy to see Red Admirals, Peacocks and Commas coming into the garden. I hope the Commas might be from caterpillars I found on the hops I grew, as I knew they were a plant their caterpillars like to feed on. We grow lots of plants specifically for their nectar, borage and echiums are a real hit with the bees and hoverflies and we don't use any pesticides, we also leave plants to die back naturally and only cut back in the spring so there are lots of places for overwintering insects. We stock firewood in the outbuildings and often find butterflies and moths hibernating in there (and ...
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Sandwiches on the beach

The Safari was hoping that the early morning low tides would permit a roost of Sandwich Terns providing there hadn't been too much doggy or fisherman disturbance before we got out. We took the bins and big lens to work and fortunately there was a roost well down on the beach and better still it was directly in front of us and there was no sign of any forthcoming disturbance. So that was it, the wellies went on and we set off down the steps onto the beach. To make sure we didn't disturb them and get in the best position for the pretty rubbish light - we were still on ISO Stupid - we headed off to their left well in front of them with the intention of walking back towards them slowly and stopping every few yards so that they got used to our movements. If we got a hint they were getting fidgety then we could walk back up the beach a bit away f...