Little Gull new in

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A decent catch of moths last night as the ideal pre-rain warm sector 'leading' cloud cover lasted well into the night and not unusually producing a wet trap check this morning.  50 species in actinic Middleton in sharp contrast to the meagre fare in the clear polar air on Monday night.  This is the hoped for target at this time of year: Silver Hook - a very localised species in damp areas at/near the coast in LancsA wet record shot in situ - thanks Justine  OutfallsA low tide check saw a 2CY Little Gull in the shipping channel off Heysham 2 outfall and about 5 Ad/3CY Meds flying around the seaward end of the outfalls, but the later count was thwarted by a mutt clearing all the gulls off Red Nab and nearby shore on the incoming tide but at the same time there seemed to be a big reduction of stuff on the outfallsHeysham sk...
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Bee Safari!

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Date / Time Start date:  Sat, 15/07/2017 - 9:30am - 2:00pm Open to all ages, this bee safari promises to be an unBEElievable morning!  Please wear weather appropriate clothes and bring food and drinks.   Summary:  Everyone is welcome at Beacon Country Park for a Bee Safari! Main image:  Booking details Booking required?:  Yes Admission charge:  No Audience:  All Contact name:  ...
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Bee Survey

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Date / Time Start date:  Sun, 09/07/2017 - 9:30am - 2:00pm This is a survey to look particularly for Tormentil Mining-bee, although those more interested in other insects are most welcome. Notice will be given 48 hours prior of confirmation or cancellation, according to weather forecast. Please ensure you can check emails or when booking indicate how you wish to be contacted. Summary:  Join us at Elmers Green Common in Skelmersdale for a bee survey... Main image:  Booking details Booking required?:  Yes Admission charge:  ...
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Nice butterflies and lots of fabulous orchids!

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Dark Green Fritillary today on Hutton Roof (Click over to enlarge)Monday 26th June 2017 - Hutton Roof 0930hrs to 1100hrsToday was great for butterflies and had Small Heaths, lots of Ringlets, odd Small Pearl Bordered and a beautiful posing Dark Green Fritillary who just loved to be photographed!!  On my way up I had some Marsh Tits calling which was very nice, also the odd Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler.  On my way back down I also had a "Whitethroat" calling away. It was very bright and difficult for photography and still had that wind in the background making it difficult, but did manage to get a few shots. which I will put on here:Spec No.33 (Schmal) on 26th June 2017 (Click over to enlarge)This is a good strong plant which the bottom flowers are now showing Lemon-Petalled. Closeby we also have at least five more helleborin...

Willow warblers and ringlets

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Unusually high June number of 20 unringed willow warblers this morning with a mix of moulting adults and surprisingly advanced juveniles - almost like a catch in late July.   Other birds included a few unringed adult sedge warbler and two young grasshopper warblerOutfallsMed gull - 6 ads, 2 3cy, 2 2cyHeysham skeerTwo adult common or Arctic tern early amMiddleton boat pondRed veined darter - one tatty maleSand martin - 1 adHouse martin - 4 adSwift - 3Little grebe - ad catching small crayfishButterfly transect HNRRinglet have arrived at last (two in ne corner).  One burnet companion still and both burnet moths in low single figures.   Also about half a dozen small skipper...

Rewilding in action or is it just abandonment

The Safari was out on a jaunt to the big smoke on an errand with Wifey the other day. As we were leaving we noticed something seriously odd in the town centre - the row of Rowan and Whitebeam berry-laden trees that attract Waxwings when they appear had been replaced by a length of green hoarding - we should be able to see the trees showing over the top of the boards so it looks like they've all been disposed of. Not good!Once out of town we took Monty for a run on the dunes where he had fun and we enjoyed the plethora of wild-flowers. But where were the orchids we couldn't find a single one!After a bit of lunch we went out to Patch 1 to see if we could find any butterflies. The wind was strong and cold so not at all conducive to butterfly counting.We found a few but not as many as we would have liked...seven Large Skippers, a 'possible' Sma...

Atrorubens, Schmalhauseneii and Helliborine updates etc.

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Saturday 24th June 2017 - Hutton Roof 1000hrs to 1600hrsCrossed some really good "orchid" areas on all parts of Hutton Roof today and found my first of the year "Dark Red Helleborines" with at least 15 in flower or part flower - found some Angular Solomons Seal (new to me) at 1 metre, checked on our little population of Rare (for here) Northern Bedstraw, found some new Common Yellow Sedge, also found some new Flea Sedge, found some new Brittle Bladder Ferns, some fungi, lots of Wild Thyme everywhere, also for the book some "white Herb Robert", had first Lemon Petalled variant Atrorubens.Birds were really quiet and because of the strong winds the only butterfly showing was one Red Admiral.  Not sure at the moment what this one is I am having a "mental block" but that's nowt fresh these days. Not sure what this is? I think it might ...

Sunday Circuit

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The week has been mixed - more of our very special English summer and the longest days when wind and rain battle for supremacy and winner takes all. It’s hard to say which came out on top this week but let’s just say that my suntan didn’t improve and birding was left on hold for a day or two. Sunday morning dawned dull and cloudy but I was determined to have a go so set off on the usual circuit. A Barn Owl hunted over Stalmine moss but then dived into the farmyard as the car got closer. Never mind, I saw another one later on the way back home and in broad daylight hunting next to the busy main road. Barn OwlI guess most Barn Owls have mouths to feed at the moment and are spending more time in hunting, even in the daylight. Just three weeks ago Andy and I had a brood of four Barn Owls at an ideal stage to ring but had to cal...
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Med fest and mist net rides

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Gave the outfalls a really good check on the incoming tide this morning using a scope from Ocean Edge caravan parkMed Gull - At least 6 adult, 3 3CY and 4 2CY - 10 of them were un-ringed unless there was a metal above the tarsus and four were not seen well enough to be sure.  I cannot remember a sample of 10 before where there were no darvic rings on showLittle Egret - 1Eider - two females onshore in red nab channelThe mist net ride by the office was cleared as regards the ability to put up mist nets and the feeders  filled for the first time this 'autumn', but hadn't got the gear for lopping the tops off the branches.   Crutches make a useful rake, but it was really hard going and Jean, recovering from a broken toe, did most of it.  This is what happens when you couldn't do what you usually do last autumn/wint...

Hide & Seek!

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I was overdue a look in at Leighton Moss, in any case there had been a 'goodie' there the day before....so on Thursday off I went.Marsh Harrier. Pete Woodruff.From the Causeway Hide, 2 Marsh Harrier seen, a female was perched in a distant tree, and a male hunted over the far side. There was easily a three figure number of Sand Martin hawking over the mere, and a small number of Swift, a Great-crested Grebe had a single juvenile, whilst 2 Buzzard and a Sparrowhawk soared high up, an Emperor Dragonfly was patrolling below the hide window.At the Grisedale Hide, up to 160 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Little Egret, and a Black-tailed Skimmer seen. From the path here I saw 2 Nuthatch and heard one in the car park soon after.At the Allen Hide, 6 Avocet included one sat on a nest in the midst of a Black-headed Gull colo...
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