Category: Birding Aldcliffe

More Migrants on the Move

With no further sightings of Saturday’s RB shrike and the notable change in weather (from positively Mediterranean to classic Northern European) one would expect things to have quietened down on the patch in recent days.However, a couple of very welcom…

Bike or Hike Shrike

Obviously one of the concerns of local patch birding is how to treat news if one finds a rare bird? Can we manage parking and access, how far might people wish to travel in order to see a scarce visitor and how many birdwatchers might descend on this r…

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Dan Gets Wood Again

After the relative thrills of having a spring wood sandpiper on the local patch, Dan got wood for a second time in two days when he found a singing wood warbler near the FAUNA nature reserve on Sunday morning.Wood warbler record shot by Dan HYet anothe…

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Wood In The Hood

A great find by Dan on the Wildfowlers’ Pools this morning – a dazzling, spangled wood sandpiper.Although just about annual on the Aldcliffe patch, these scarce waders are more likely to be found in late summer when failed / post-breeding or juvenile b…

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Seeing Red (Kite)

Yellow wagtail (Barrie Cooper)Spring continues to bring us sunshine, and easterlies with no rain. As a consequence, we have seen relatively little in the way of off-passage migration but the regular stuff returning to territory has certainly been notic…

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Flava of the month

Yellow wagtail (Dan Heywood)Despite the lack of forecast (then un-forecast) rain this morning there was still enough to entertain the early bird. I had rather hoped to be tripping over freshly dropped migrants but with a steady easterly wind and not a …

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Return of the Blog

Hello there!Well, once again I find myself posting for the first time in ages and offering an apology of sorts…The lack of updates doesn’t necessarily reflect a lack of visits to the Aldcliffe patch on my part, more a reflection of my ability to be b…

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Tasty Duck as Spring Rolls On

Regular visitors birding in the Aldcliffe area may have noticed that the maize fields have yet to be ploughed and seeded, so fingers crossed the lapwings might just get some chicks hatched again this year. That said, I haven’t seen many pairs in there …

Scattering of Spring Migrants

A few highlights from a morning trawl today included: House Martin – my first of the year with with a few sand martins at Freeman’s PoolsSand martin – several passing through plus birds feeding at Freeman’s pools. Wheatear&nbsp…