Category: Birding Aldcliffe

Annual Aldcliffe goose fest

As to be expected in later winter / early spring, Aldcliffe saw an arrival of good numbers of pink-footed geese in mid-February. Peaking at around 3,000 birds (relatively low by some years standards) the flock included one or two other species of note….

Save Freeman’s Wood

For decades, the area of mixed woodland and scrub (known locally as Freeman’s Wood) to the south west of the Lune Industrial Estate off Willow Lane, Lancaster has been a well-used and popular space for local residents.Children have built dens, dog walk…

The Promise of Autumn

Well, that was a long time between posts wasn’t it folks?I have to say, despite my not posting anything on here since the beginning of April there’s hardly been an outcry from my loyal readers… one or two mentions here and there just about covers it….

Is it spring yet?

Welcome to the most uninspiring spring of all time. Which is quite fitting I suppose, given that this winter was possibly the dullest I can remember as far as birding around Aldcliffe is concerned.The lack of posts here has been solely down to a lack o…

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Slow Start to New Year

I’ve never been very good at making New Year’s resolutions. And it turns out, I’m not that good at keeping them. My intention was to ensure more regular updates on the Birding Aldcliffe blog during 2018  but I haven’t exactly got off to a good sta…

Floods, Ice and Wildfowl

Wishing all readers of this blog a very merry Christmas and a bird-filled New Year.Sunset over the flooded Wildfowlers’ PoolsMy own resolution for 2018 will be to try and post on here a bit more often than I have of late… to summarise the past few we…

Wading In

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 F…

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Whooper Trouper

Had a couple of hours mooching around the patch yesterday (Saturday) morning.Things were looking slightly livelier at Freeman’s Pools with some more goldeneye new in (now 8 birds present) along with 22 coot, 4 tufted duck, 3 little grebe and 19 gadwall…

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Return of the Goldeneye

The clear winner of the ‘Highlight of the Day’ category was the pair of goldeneyes on Freeman’s Pools this morning. Generally duck numbers seem to be rather low so far this autumn, not only at Aldcliffe but other places too. The cooler air from the nor…

Better Gate Than Never

Boy, where has the time gone? One minute it’s early September and I’m looking forward to lots of exciting autumn birding, then it’s suddenly mid-October and it feels like I’ve hardly been out!Well, that’s not strictly true – I have had a few visits to …