Juv med influx

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Photos will be added tomorrow JanetAt least 6 Juv Meds low tide mid am also at least two ad and two 2cyLater at least three juvs around at HTAd little gull obliging for visiting birder at HT on Heysham TwoShag - 2cy around then on woodenjettyWhimbrel - one oe saltmarshLittle egret - at least 6 mid am...
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Wild weather and recent sightings

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Rain and wind have continued to assist the recovery of water onto areas of Leighton Moss and the larger reserve this past week. Myers’ Dyke is running once again, and the Morecambe pool, which had endured a considerably dearth of water up to the 13th, was finally somewhat rejuvenated by a high tide and gale that evening. This weather, however, and this general time of year – sandwiched between the breeding season and migratory activity – means visitors should expect a marked inconstancy to the presence of birds. Nevertheless this amplifies what is always true and charming about nature here at Leighton Moss and everywhere: it is unpredictable, and retains a capacity to surprise and astonish us. Redshank flock, by David Griffin This is especially true of birds for the bay. Hundreds of redshank and lapwing are usually p...

Mid summer moth madness and some other stuff

The Safari apologises once again for not keeping you up-to-date with the goings-on in Safari-land. We've been busy and up to all sorts of wildlife malarkey but not had a lot of time to put finger to keyboard for you.We completed the National Whale and Dolphin Watch with lots of people coming along and joining in, many more than we've ever had for previous years' watches - a big thank you to all of them. Unfortunately we didn't see any cetaceans, the only ones that turned up were the two Bottlenose Dolphins mentioned in our previous blog-post and a Harbour Porpoise that we saw a couple of hours after the mid-week Watch had ended when we went back to the coast with Wifey and her sister to give Monty a walk on along the beach and the morning of the second Sunday Watch five Bottlenose Dolphins turned up off Starr Gate but didn't hang around for...

Before & After.

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I paid a couple of extended visits to Conder Green on Monday four hours apart, two hours before the tide, and two after, producing some interest and a little quality, albeit the time for quality ratio was a bit unbalanced.Before the tide.Greenshank. Pete Woodruff.Four of 6 Greenshank seen later were roosting on Conder Pool before the high tide, also 11 Little Grebe, a Little Egret, and a Stock Dove, 2 Common Sandpiper and Snipe were in the creeks. Greenshank/Little Egret Conder Pool. Pete Woodruff.After the tide.Ruff/Redshank Conder Creeks. Pete Woodruff.Initially roosting with up to 80 Redshank on the marsh, a Ruff was nice as the tide dropped off the creeks, seen later feeding on the mud.The Conder Common Terns. Common Tern Conder Pool 13 August. Pete Woodruff.When I ar...
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Before & After.

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I paid a couple of extended visits to Conder Green on Monday four hours apart, two hours before the tide, and two after, producing some interest and a little quality, albeit the time for quality ratio was a bit unbalanced.Before the tide.Greenshank. Pete Woodruff.Four of 6 Greenshank seen later were roosting on Conder Pool before the high tide, also 11 Little Grebe, a Little Egret, and a Stock Dove, 2 Common Sandpiper and Snipe were in the creeks. Greenshank/Little Egret Conder Pool. Pete Woodruff.After the tide.Ruff/Redshank Conder Creeks. Pete Woodruff.Initially roosting with up to 80 Redshank on the marsh, a Ruff was nice as the tide dropped off the creeks, seen later feeding on the mud.The Conder Common Terns. Common Tern Conder Pool 13 August. Pete Woodruff.When I ar...
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A few bits and bobs

Posted on - In Heysham Bird Observatory (LWT)
Low tide channel am check produced four Great-crested Grebe but only 35 EiderA ringing session by the office took the Lesser Whitethroat ringing total for the year to 52 - a large number by this time of the autumn for here.  Other warblers were singles of Blackcap, Whitethroat and ChiffchaffJanet had a productive photographic session with Med Gulls with German ANLT showing well and a nice juv.  Thanks for these Janet  ...
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Nature Ranger Award

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Nature Ranger Award asingleton Tue, 14/08/2018 - 11:46 Nature Ranger Award Emma Bradshaw What is the Nature Ranger Award?The Nature Ranger award is the highest level Wildlife Watch award you can get.  You can only take part in it if you have completed the Kestrel award.  To complete the Nature Ranger award you will have to study a UK wildlife or conservation topic of your choice and produce a report for Lancashire Wildlife Trust to assess.  When completed you will receive a certificate signed by Chris Packham, a badge, an icon on your website profile, a mention in Wildlife Watch magazine and a special prize! You will be sent information about how to take part in the Nature Range...
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Webs and Ringing

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 Nothing much to say about today in terms of highlights as the outfalls and red nab were not covered and the Shag eluded the Webs countA garden warbler and three Lesser Whitethroat were amongst small numbers of warblers caught at MiddletonCalomorpha Paludella is still very scarce north of the Ribble and one was in an actinic set at Middleton...
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Bowland Lost And Found.

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Hawthornthwaite Fell.I made only three previous visits so far this year and found not one Stonechat, and to turn this into an even bigger disaster found none when I went again last week. This looks like it's going to be a record at the end of the year that I never really wanted to collect, that the Stonechat was never found on Hawthornthwaite in 2018, let alone bred there. Merlin@1000-Pattes But as I came down of the fell, a bird hidden from my view took off out of the heather little more than 50m ahead of me and flew across the clough to perch, this is as good as it gets in Bowland, it was a stunning male Merlin. The only other birds seen were, 3 Meadow Pipit, 2 Red Grouse, and 3 Sand Martin flying around.Harrisend Fell. I had made just two previous visits, to see a pair on 8...

Another report writing day!

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Quick check of outfalls early stages incoming tide saw about 20 Med gull but only two juvsLittle gull - adult seaward end Heysham oneOnly 6 swallow in roost this pmMed gull LCG re-read this evening (thsnks Richard)