Author: Phil Slade

Bygone Times

We’re already planning the autumn Linnet ringing so with that in mind I set out to check Richard the farmer’s bird seed plot at Cockerham. Although we like to complain about the weather the year has been a good one for plant growth with a good mix of …

Boxing News

A few weeks ago I mentioned how Andy’s contacts had invited him along to see progress in two nest boxes installed at their home. At that time a pair of Kestrels occupied a box located on a building and a pair of Barn Owls occupied a box not too far aw…

Outsmarted

There was 30 minutes to spare before the meet with Andy at the Sand Martin colony so I stopped off at a place I know. Barn Owl Barn OwlBarn OwlRegular readers will be familiar with our Sand Martin dilemma. “How do we catch martins when the ti…

Curlew Morn

With a slightly better forecast I returned to the hills of Bowland this morning in the hope of more pictures. Curlews are quite difficult to nail down for a picture. They are very skittish and prone to fly off at the slightest hint of danger. No…

Bowland Trip

At this time of year I enjoy time in the Bowland hills to see how things are and also to grab a few photos. The weather has been so poor with rain and cloud on most days that until now there was no point in that forty minute drive. Things were sligh…

Incommunicado

Apologies to regular readers or those searching for the very latest in bird news. There’s been a lack of posts here due to my enforced sabbatical from blogging. At least it gave me time to catch up with a few chores. Everyone is reporting the sam…

Back On The Road

I have to say, the weather has been more like April showers than flaming June. At last this morning, a spot of sunshine where I’d arranged to meet Andy to see if we could come up with a cunning plan to catch any of the Sand Martins nesting at the Cock…

Owl Time

When I spoke to Andy a day or two ago he told me of two nests in man-made nest boxes, a Barn Owl and a Kestrel. The Barn Owls had produced eight eggs and also a pair of Kestrel sitting on five eggs. Both boxes have remote cameras so as to monitor the…

Almost Smartie Time

A week after our return from holiday and the necessary catch-ups completed it was time to check out a few local places. I started at Cockerham Quarry where the Sand Martin colony should be well underway. It was – many dozens of holes and a hive o…