Access to North Wall open again

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The road at the entrance to the North Wall has been resurfaced. Diversions still in place but access to North Wall again.Heysham harbourA Shag was at the entrance to the harbourNorth Harbour Wall25 finch sp on the seed  - mixture of Goldfinch and Linnet...

Over to t’other coast

The Safari has had a few days away across on the east coast. Lots of sightseeing along the Cleveland coast and in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park (aka North Yorkshire Moors dead zone - there's almost no wildlife at all!) but not a lot of time for wildlifing.We went to the picturesque Yorkshire harbour town of Whitby via Brough and Barnard Castle, where the castle is impressive looming large and austere above you as you drive across the river. As ever we did a Buzzards v Kestrels count during the journey, a not very productive Buzzards 2; Kestrels 0. Dead things were also recorded apart from the horrendous number of Pheasants, more of the 40,000,000 released in the autumn must get hit by cars than by the flying lead they are bred for, the only other thing we could identify was a drake Mallard. Along the motorway we had a Jay car...

A few sightings and access restrictions

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Ocean Edge saltmarshJack Snipe - 3Common Snipe -2Reed Bunting - 1Linnet - c20No access to the North Wall at the moment due to resurfacing works.Advance notice -No access along Moneyclose Lane 4-8 Dec due to resurfacing workJR

The Working Week That Was

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Most of my birding of late has been in order to keep the wolf from the door and I am in the middle of a number of wintering bird surveys. I'm not going to complain, but when it comes to weekend the weather hasn't played ball and I have struggled to get out. I think it's called sod's law, but I suppose I shouldn't complain as I am doing some birding!About a week ago I was surveying inland at a farmland site, and it was fairly mundane, but as I am fond of saying there is always something to look at. On this particular morning there did seem to be good numbers of thrushes along the hedgerows and I counted 25 Blackbirds, 96 Fieldfares, two Redwings and two Song Thrushes.Raptors were represented by a male and female Sparrowhawk and a Buzzard being mobbed by two Carrion Crows. Grey Wagtail and Siskin put in a appearance, as did six Tree Sparrows,...

Wading In

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Great to see a green sandpiper back on the patch this morning. I was beginning to think that we wouldn't have one in the Aldcliffe area this winter. I suspect that it will remain elusive in the coming weeks but we'll wait and see. Today it was on The Flood.The Flood, along with the fields by the Wildfowlers' Pools, are looking fabulous at the moment. The high water levels of recent weeks have receded and as a result the fields are nicely boggy and seemingly hooching with invertebrates. There were loads of teal dabbling in the muddy shallows this morning along with multiple redshanks, curlews, snipe, up to 11 dunlin and a couple of black-tailed godwits.It could be well worth keeping an eye on these wet fields as anything could potentially turn up - past winters have seen such oddities as lesser yellowlegs, wood sandpiper, knot and little sti...
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Forgotten Past and Green Future of Chat Moss

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Date / Time Start date:  Wed, 13/12/2017 - 11:00am We will be running a guided walk around the beautiful peatland site, led by Lydia Dayes Carbon Landscape Access and Events Officer. We will be meeting at 11am at Irlam train station. Summary:  Come and explore the wonders of Chat Moss with a guided walk to celebrate the 25 year anniversary of Heritage Lottery Fund who provided dedicated funds to the project. Main image:  Booking details Booking required?:  No Admission charge:  No Audience:&...

Heath Farm Tree Planting

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Date / Time Start date:  Thu, 07/12/2017 - 10:00am - 2:00pm City of Trees and the Bickershaw Project are hosting a tree planting day near Heath Farm. We will be meeting on site off Bracken Rd and will be re-panting any lost or damaged trees from the previous seasons planting session. Anyone is welcome and all tools and equipment will be provided. Hot refreshments will be provided but wear appropriate clothing and bring lunch if you are planning on coming for the whole day. Contact andy@cityoftrees.org.uk of hjeffreson@lancswt.org.uk for more details    Summary:  Come and join us for a day of maintaining young saplings planted last season and replacing old or damaged whips with fresh new saplings for the n...

New Goldcrests and heliport Knot consolidate

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 Middleton NRTufted 1Gadwall 12Mallard 5Teal 15Water Rail 3 (2 heard, 1 flushed)Common Snipe 1Cetti's calls from western scrapeDidn't locate the mixed tit flock todayPink-footed Goose - c50 each way i.e. 8,000 departees from Pilling roost heading north/NW were probably before anyone was active here or out at sea   Ringing by office... surprisingly included three unringed Goldcrest HeliportKnot 2600+Thanks to Malcolm for pic...

The GP’s Have It For Me.

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Greenshank. Conder Pool Friday 17 November. Pete Woodruff.A snoozing Greenshank on Conder Pool was good enough to get me off to a nice start on Friday morning, 17 Wigeon were also of note here, and the 180 Teal at Conder Green were split between the pool and creeks, where I found 7 Little Grebe and the Common Sandpiper which was down by the now finished and newly painted bridge....must have cost a fortune.The Lune Estuary was quiet wader wise, apart from the presence of the usual several hundred Lapwing, 320 Dunlin and 7 Snipe, with c.350 Wigeon seen.The Cockersand at least 500 Whooper Swan were initially in the field by Bank Houses as seen from the headland, but by the time I got there they had been disturbed and were eventually scattered over five fields. On Plover Scar, c.450 Oystercatcher, and little more than a two hande...

Stone Me

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Next week’s weather looked dire. Sunday might be the only opportunity to get some ringing done. So with a promised 3mph I drove up to Gulf Lane and an early start. No Andy today. And he had the single panel nets in his car except for a brand new Ecotone that languished in my boot. I put up the one net but it was shiny and pristine, straight out of the packet from Poland and by now the rising sun lit up the mesh. Mist nets are better when the new shine has worn off and they take on a greyer tone that merges into backdrop of the customary British weather. Anyway that’s my excuse for catching just 4 Linnets in a couple of hours. And I think the number of Linnets around at 180-200 suggests that this consistent count of recent weeks holds regular birds and few newcomers. But that miserly four equates to 251 new Linnets for the...
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