Tundra Bean

Earlier in the week I was back at one of my wintering bird survey sites in West Lancashire. The conditions were perfect with four oktas cloud cover and a light northerly breeze. Two of my VPs are from my car, parked in a layby on a busy A road. However…

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A rainy day at Heysham

Light variable breeze, starting SE and moving to NE. Very heavy overnight rain and hail gave way to lighter rain which persisted on and off all day.A walk along the south shore found it bereft of passerines, just the local Robins, Wrens and Dunnock, pl…

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The wind shifted to WNW. Rain early on then largely dry with some sunshine.Thanks to Pete Woodruff for advising me that the problem with viewing videos on this blogger platform is the same for all users. It is hoped that “Blogger” can/will resolve it. …

Blog Post: Breakfast Birdwatching

Autumn lockdown With the introduction of a second lockdown, the RSPB resurrected #BreakfastBirdwatch 8-9am weekday mornings where we can post sightings of the birds we see from our windows and share them with the online community. It didn’t matter where you live or how big or small your garden was, the #BreakfastBirdwatch community has been a source of great solace for all involved. Getting involved with a time specific Twitter hashtag means that you are safe in the knowledge that like minded people are also active, engaged and interested. It’s a great way to share, knowing that people with the same interest will see it and be engaged to ‘like’, chat and share experiences too. Great tits on feeder Jo Taylor One of the more positive things to emerge from the first lockdown earlier this year was the increased interest in nature. Restrictions on travel and instructions to stay at home, led to many people discovering, possibly for the first time, places close to home, where they became more engaged with the world around them. For some, bird song was so much more apparent and wonderous, while others simply spent more time in their gardens or local parks and noticed the beauty of the spring buds as they blossomed. Autumn is no less a wondrous season, and being near the coast means that migrations are visible. The arrival and daily movements of pink footed geese are noticeable, as are movements of the flocks of wading birds on the estuary with the changing of the tide. In our gardens the bird visitors may change too. Whilst we may not always notice the other birds will. Many of “our” blackbirds will move further south for the winter, often to Spain, they will be replaced in our gardens by birds from Scandanavia and Continental Europe. Whilst many will remain faithful. As we have recently moved office I decided to put a feeder in the hedge just outside of the window. This attracted a few birds to check it out the very same day, with a hedge sparrow being the very first to use it, who would have thought? Now 6 weeks on this feeder requires filling at least 3 times a week and attracts house sparrow (quite a number), hedge sparrow , robin , blackbird, great tit , blue tit , coal tit , wood pigeon (for the crumbs) and jackdaw (who knock it off the branch). All of this in a privet hedge at Fairhaven Lake. Our faithful juvenile blackbird visiting the feeder outside the office Jo Taylor One of the most rewarding things we can do is to feed the birds. Whether you have a garden, a backyard or a balcony in a block of flats there’s almost always somewhere to hang a feeder or a fat-ball! And if you’re spending more time indoors, this at least allows a little bit of nature to come to you. There’s nothing better than sitting with a nice hot brew watching the local birds coming and going and taking advantage of the easy food source. As well as the birds previously mentioned there’s a good chance of seeing chaffinch , goldfinch , long tailed tits and the occasional nuthatch or greenfinch maybe. So whilst #BreakfastBirdwatch may have run its course with the ending of the lockdown, winter is a time more than ever that the birds appreciate that extra bit of easy food, especially as the days become colder and shorter. Both in my small garden at home and the feeder outside the office window suet is a very popular choice, however our Twitter surveys suggest that sunflower hearts are also a popular choice. Whilst the Discovery Centre shop is still closed bird food and feeders can be purchased online at the RSPB shop or at our other Lancashire store at Leighton Moss when the shop will re-open on 2 December. It’s great to enjoy nature from your own home, so happy feeding, you never know you may spot something rather more unusual and if you do then please do let us know. Jo

Great White Egret day

The weak sunshine during most of the day was a welcome change. What breath of breeze there was was generally from the east.Only my stuff so far hopefully more to come (MD)South shoreGreat White Egret – I don’t suppose there were any more today than nor…

A Touch Of Frost

Most unusual – there was hint of the white stuff this morning when Andy and I met up at Gulf Lane at 0830. The temperature gauge read 1° but it felt warmer in the already rising sun. Three days earlier we’d cut a square from the now defunct seed c…

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Leighton Moss re-opens!

 We are all very excited to be re-opening tomorrow (Wednesday 2 December) following Lockdown2!

We will be open from 10am till 4pm daily – here’s a quick summary of what will be available for visitors to enjoy at Leighton Moss…

Car park open 
Outdoor, Covid-secure, staffed Welcome Point
Visitor centre shop
Takeaway snacks, meals and drinks from the café: card payment preferred
Most trails and Skytower open 
Toilets open

In order to comply with  Government restrictions, the hides will remain closed for now and we will be operating Test and Trace. Please note that this is mandatory for all visitors entering the reserve.

We urge you to follow Government guidance on non-essential travel and please stay local to your nearest reserves and greenspaces during this time.

When visiting us please do observe current guidance regarding social distancing and do follow all on-site signage.

We look forward to seeing you soon! 

Coastal Beauties

 The weather recently has been awful with many wet and gloomy days.Not conducive at all to getting out with the camera.There were some drier and brighter spells and I made a few trips to my current hunting ground around Cockerham and Pilling.This …

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Hen Harrier passes (chased) through

The wind freshened and had moved first SW then West. Heavy showers with, mainly, light rain in between.First, a few earlier records from Pete(M)Twite – 5 small birds flew past heliport on Friday. The only calls heard were Twite, so at very least one.Ce…

A grey day

It was one of those days when it never seemed to get light. Gentle southerly wind with low cloud/mist all day.Report from Pete(C)A visit in this morning’s anticyclonic gloom:Near Naze / Helipad2 Rock Pipit and Richard Du Feu reading Knot colour-ri…

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