A Cure For Ornithophobia

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I’ll bet we have all met people who don’t appreciate birds. You know the type. Just as you’re enjoying a quiet spot of birding, relishing the grace and beauty of a Spotted Flycatcher or watching a Peregrine beating up the waders, along comes Mr Dickhead, all mouth and an over-abundance of non-functioning brain cells. He’s hoping to wind-up a nerdy birder. Although he’s never met a birder he knows they are all nerdy 'cos his mate in the pub told him. Spotted Flycatcher"Spotted anything interesting pal? What f...ing use are birds anyway? I can’t sleep at night because of bloody seagulls on my roof from dawn until dusk. And they shit too much. That is when they are not rooting through my bin bags and scattering KFC boxes all over.” “And those sodding pigeons, rats with wings I call them, clogging up the town centre an...

Purple patch then porpoise pathos

The Safari has finally got round to updating our Header pic after almost a year - how lazy of us!Solemn family business took us south of the river a couple of days ago. The journey back held two options, a) bunk in at Marshside RSPB reserve for a walk down to Nels Hide or b) keep moving to avoid the dreaded 'schools out' traffic around Preston and drop in at Singleton church. We chose the latter as Monty was asleep in the back of the car and not sitting up looking like he needed a toilet stop as we passed Marshside.A butterfly hunter was already in the churchyard when we arrived but the usual question, 'seen owt?' was answered in the negative. Not the best news but the Oak tree is large although only 58 years old and the sun was shining more strongly on the far side so we had a wander into the newer half of the graveyard. Good decision - wi...

Lizard walk in the dunes

Posted on - In Lancashire Wildlife Trust
Release date:  Thu, 19/07/2018 (All day) Main image:  Summary:  Secrets of Freshfield Dune Heath will be discovered during a guided walk on Sunday. The Wildlife Trust nature reserve, in Formby, is home to a number of species including sand lizards and common lizards. read more...

Mixed bag

Posted on - In Heysham Bird Observatory (LWT)
Multi-genera highlights notably a soldier fly known as the Banded General which was found on the path by Heysham Nr office - this is one of the most North-westerly records of a species which is hardly going to be overlooked!Next best was a Hummingbird Hawk-Moth near the bottle dump on Middleton NROutfalls saw at least one mobile adult Little Gull and a cursory check saw 7 MedsTop two by Malcolm, bottom by Pete Woodruff - thanks for theseRinging by the office was very productive with just short of fifty new birds including 5-6 each of both Whitethroats and Willow warbler and single out of habitat Reed and Sedge warblers...
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Three Layers

Posted on - In Fleetwood Birder
Over the past two mornings I have been undertaking bird surveys and it's been a bit nippy, and for the first time in a while it has necessitated three layers of clothing! However, within an hour or two I have been down to just a T-shirt. Why do you mention this I hear you ask, well that early morning nip is just another signal that we are indeed in autumn!Yesterday I was in north Cumbria not a million miles from Carlisle and I always enjoy this survey because of the views across the Solway to bonny Scotland! Weather conditions for the survey were good with no wind and full cloud cover, perfect conditions for ringing incidentally, but that's another story for another day.The weather conditions were good but the birds weren't performing as it was very quiet. That's the problems with surveys sometimes as they are a snapshot in time, and that's...
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Green To Red.

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A couple of hours around Conder Green yesterday, then to Heysham to see if it would produce any major surprises as the tide come in.Invariably you can hear Sedge Warbler and Reed Warbler at Conder Green, one of the former gave me good views, but not the latter on it's typewriter hidden in the reeds. Also a singing Reed Bunting, 13 Common Sandpiper were seen on the circuit, with a Snipe in the creeks, a male Kestrel was also over here. Black-tailed Godwit Conder Pool 17 July. Ian Pinkerton.On Conder Pool, 9 Black-tailed Godwit later photographed closer by IP, these stunning birds were initially with up to 320 Redshank, 2 Greenshank and 2 Dunlin on the back terrace. Another increase by one with 7 Little Grebe seen, and c.120 Lapwing present. I saw just the one adult Common Tern today, still sitting for it's ...
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One Good Tern

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The Common Terns at Conder Green are very unhelpful to anyone with a camera. Since they arrived in May they have kept their distance from the nearest viewing point. They are so fast, erratic and unpredictable in their flight patterns that it’s only possible to get a decent in-flight picture with a very fast and expensive lens. With its long tail streamers, general shape and zig-zag flight there’s a good reason that the species was once known colloquially as the “sea swallow”. It’s a term that has fallen out of fashion and one I never hear nowadays. Fortunately the pair that bred at nearby Glasson this year have been a little more obliging by resting occasionally, especially so this morning. There’s a question; did you ever see an adult tern sit on the water? I’m not sure I have. Common Tern Common Tern Dur...
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One Good Tern

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The Common Terns at Conder Green are very unhelpful to anyone with a camera. Since they arrived in May they have kept their distance from the nearest viewing point. They are so fast, erratic and unpredictable in their flight patterns that it’s only possible to get a decent in-flight picture with a very fast and expensive lens. With its long tail streamers, general shape and zig-zag flight there’s a good reason that the species was once known colloquially as the “sea swallow”. It’s a term that has fallen out of fashion and one I never hear nowadays. Fortunately the pair that bred at nearby Glasson this year have been a little more obliging by resting occasionally, especially so this morning. There’s a question; did you ever see an adult tern sit on the water? I’m not sure I have. Common Tern Common Tern Dur...
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