Excellent Hawker Haul.

Any days birding is a good day, but not for the first time, this one developed into excellent.I was in the good company of Steve again, and a visit to the Lune Estuary started with a look in on Conder Pool where I counted 18 Little Grebe. I know of now…

Still plenty of Meds about

Light SE to south breeze. Drizzle early on, but held off for the remainder of the day.Middleton Nature Reserve Ringing and vis report from Alan:Arrived at Middleton at 06.10 whereupon drizzle immediately began and persisted until 07.00. Just two n…

Happy Holidays

Wednesday 15 September. Sue and I had jumped through hoops and clambered over obstacles to reach this point. There was no stopping us now as the jet finally climbed into the sky over Manchester Airport to leave England behind. We were on bang on time i…

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Mobile waders

The breeze started SE drifted as far as SW by mid afternoon before settling back to south.  Mainly overcast but the sunny spells were very warm.Middleton Nature Reserve Ringing and vis report from Jean:Ringing:Only 16 new birds today.Grey Wag…

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Blog Post: Autumn waders

Autumn has arrived and that marks the return of the wading birds that spend the summer breeding in the Arctic Tundra, Greenland and Iceland. Once the breeding season is over, and from September onwards they make their way over to our warmer climes. The mudflats of the Ribble estuary are a huge food resource, being jam packed with vast quantities of molluscs and crustaceans. Each species of bird has their own specific adaptation to this environment, with leg and bill length playing a key role. Autumn and winter can be a tricky time for wader identification and even the most proficient birder can become unstuck occasionally. Plumage variation is highly apparent at this time year. We will focus on how to identify these birds by looking at size, shape, legs and beak, before we even consider plumage. Our walk will start at the Visitor Centre and we will slowly stroll along the promenade at high tide. We will take stock of the birds we observe and provide some simple hints and tips for identification. If you have your own binoculars then ensure you bring them or you can hire some from us for £3. We will have some of our spotting scopes set up halfway at Mawson’s Viewpoint, which will provide an opportunity to look much closer. The walk will last around two hours, returning to the Visitor Centre at the end where there are hot and cold drinks available to purchase for takeaway. Our guides are experts in their field and have many years experience between them. You never know what might turn up on the walk. There have been 14 spoonbills recently seen in Lytham, there has also been a little stint and two curlew sandpiper on the shoreline, our last wader walk saw two juvenile yellow wagtails on Granny’s Bay which was a treat. Grey plover had been abundant a few days prior to our walk, but they unfortunately decided to be elusive on the day. This will be the first in a series of walks exploring the estuary and it’s inhabitants. We are hoping to plan a number of different routes and experiences in the coming months. Pre booking is requested. To do this please follow the link to purchase tickets. We look forward to seeing you there. https://events.rspb.org.uk/events/7877

Enjoying the ordinary

Light west wind. Overcast to begin with, but increasing sunshine during the day.Only my stuff so far today (MD)Heysham Head – mid morningCommon Whitethroat 2 seenChiffchaff 1 heardRobin at least 5 off passage birds spread out along the rocks below the …

Another Grey-ish Day

Driving down the road to the Nature Park I was surprised to see that it had rained quite heavily overnight, well, based on the puddles on the road it looked like it had. It wasn’t forecast to rain, bit it made me think that perhaps the rain might have …

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Spotted Flycatcher best from a decent day.

Light breeze started from the south, before moving to the west. Warm and sunny all day.Middleton Nature Reserve Ringing and vis report from Alan:There was much less cloud than expected this morning but the ringing catch was quite respectableMeadow…

Ringed Rock Pipit returns for duty

The NE breeze continues, mainly overcast and light showers till mid morning then dry with some short sunny spells.Middleton Nature Reserve First, I missed Pete’s summary of yesterday morning’s ringing session on Middleton Nature Reserve.Ringed:&nb…

First of the autumn Chats

A fresh breeze from east to SE. Overcast all day with a few showers.First, three pictures of yesterday’s birds:These two from Howard First winter Pied Wagtail Wheatear This one from KevinAdult Mediterranean gull on Red NabEverything belo…