More signs of spring

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Middleton NR Model Boat PondMallard 2 prsMute Swan 1prTufted Duck 4males 2 femaalesGadwall 4 prsOystercatcher. 1 prPochard 1 maleHerring Gull 18, Lesser Black-backed Gull 9, Black-headed Gull 16NoSwimming PondLittle Grebe 1Moorhen 1Mute Swan 1 pr Fence PondMoorhen 1prWater Rail 1Tim Butler PondMoorhen 2Teal 1 prMute Swan  1prMallard 1prBlackbird 2,Magpie 3Wren 2Robin 6BlueTit 1Great Tit 2Carrion Crow 4NHWLinnet 12Goldfinch 1...
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Catching Up

Posted on - In Another Bird Blog
Apologies first for yesterday posting again a duplicate post from last week. This was a bungled attempt to update the blog and Google wasn't very forgiving of my blunder. Doh!What with one thing and then another I’d not been out birding or ringing for a good few days. Finally today I attempted a few hours out in the less than ideal conditions of yet another cloudy, grey morning. A drive along Backsands Lane at Pilling revealed the grand total of three Pink-footed Geese and a far cry from the many thousands of recent weeks. There’s not been the same numbers of geese in fields close to home, towards the river at Stalmine or even flying to and from the direction of Pilling, their usual route overhead. I get the distinct feeling that the mild weather of late has sent many pinkies heading back to Iceland. And just this week I hav...
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Carbon Landscape Placement Co-ordinator

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Quick summary:  We are seeking an enthusiastic and committed Placement Co-ordinator to lead and manage a project that will oversee 3 rounds of 9 month traineeships, recruiting and managing 3 trainees in each round. £8,691 PER ANNUM, PART TIME (2 DAYS PER WEEK)  FIXED TERM FOR 3 YEARS The Lancashire Wildlife Trust (LWT) is the leading environmental charity in the region that stands up for wildlife, creates wildlife havens and inspires communities about the natural environment in our diverse urban and rural communities. LWT is the lead organisation for the Carbon Landscape, a Landscape Partnership Scheme, and is the lead partner on the Landscape Trainee Scheme. Salary:  £21,728 pro rata (£8,691) ...

Play It Again Sam!

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Yesterday was almost a repeat of Monday, the weather certainly so, and in the short time birding the weather allowed me, the birds were pretty much the same too, with nothing significant to note. When I took this 'clik the pik' to see how bad it really was looking upstream on the Lune Estuary, by 1.00pm I was packing my bags once again and off back to Lancaster.I managed to pick out c.550 Golden Plover through the murk from the bowling green, 12 Black-tailed Godwit, the lone Bar-tailed Godwit again, a Snipe, and 7 Goldeneye. Goosander Warren BakerMain interest of the day was that earlier I had made another double figure count of 10 Little Grebe at Conder Green, save the one on Conder Pool, nine were in the creeks where I found the Common Sandpiper lurking again. Also of note on Conder Pool, 20 Wigeon,...
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Friends of MSW – Photography Workshop

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Date / Time Start date:  Sun, 23/04/2017 - 12:00pm - 3:00pm The Friends of MSW's monthly meet is a photography workshop. Local professional photgrapher and wildlife enthsiast Graham Moreton will lead the workshop and pass on plenty of tips and advice on how to get the best shots possible. All are welcome. Members: £2pp Non Members: £3pp Children: Half price Summary:  Join the 'Friends of Mere Sands Wood' for a photogrpahy workshop, led by a local professional! Main image:  Booking details Booking required?:  Yes Admission charge:...

Spring Bird Walk

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Date / Time Start date:  Sat, 22/04/2017 - 9:30am This bird walk around Lunt Meadows will focus on spring migrants and waders. This walk s FREE, although there is a suggested donation of £2pp. Bring some binoculars if you have some and wear suitable footwear. Summary:  A bird walk around the wonderful Lunt Meadows in Merseyside. Main image:  Booking details Booking required?:  Yes Admission charge:  No Audience:  All Cont...
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Rough-legged Buzzard – Throckenholt, Lincs – 21st February 2017

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 I headed out this morning to South Lincs in search of the recently reported adult male Rough-legged Buzzard at Throckenholt near to Wisbech and Spalding.I headed down to the bottom of Common Lane down a road that certainly felt like maybe I shouldn't be there, but met a couple of farmers in tractors and a couple of men working from a pick up truck and they all waved quite happily, so either it was fine or all of us shouldn't have been there!Anyway, I went to the very end and started scanning the woodland behind the windfarm directly in front of me and couldn't see much. I gave it a good 15 minutes of scanning before scoping the ground in a 270 degree scan picking up a buzzard with particularly long fluffy legs sat on a hay bale. In the heat haze, I couldn't really pick out many features but kept watching it in case it took off. It tur...

Canada 2 – Pochard 1

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Middleton Nature Reserve (late am)Two Canada Geese this morning again on model boat pond and again flew off (without any obvious disturbance) in SE direction. Only one male Pochard today, presumably the long staying bird from 2016.6 Mute2 Canada Geese3 Moorhen11 Gadwall7 Mallard1 Pochard7 Tufted Duck1 Water Rail3 Meadow pipit (one displaying)A couple of images below from model boat pond. Not to Janet's excellent standard, but they do show a reasonable selection of ducks etc.MD...

20th Feb. Glodcrest

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Checked out Middleton Nature Reserve again this morning, trying to relocate colour ringed Grey Wagtail. No luck.The wildfowl status was as per yesterday, but no Canada Goose.At least one Goldcrest with mixed tit flock on western boundary with golf course.MD...
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19th Feb. Canada 1 – Pochard 2

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Middleton Nature Reserve (late am)The four immature mute have now departed. Leaving three adult pairs.Also:1 Canada Goose (model boat pond then flew to SE)2 Pochard (male)9 Gadwall 4 Tufted Duck7 Mallard2 TealColour ringed Grey Wagtail was to west of Tim Butler pond. Could only manage a few glimpses of rings and failed to confirm the colour bof top ring on right leg. Peter has "details"MD...