Category: Fleetwood Birder

Standing Still

Standing still is something that I do a lot of, particularly when out working undertaking bird surveys, especially if vantage point (VP) counts are involved. One of the things that I like about standing still for some time, is that the birds, and other…

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High Water versus Low Water Counts

Like a lot of wintering bird surveys, where the land being surveyed is potentially functionally linked to a Special Protection Area (SPA), Vantage Point (VP) counts are required both over the high and low water periods for each month surveyed. One of m…

Tweedler

I have a few wintering bird surveys to complete over the coming months, and I completed my first visit to a site in northwest Lancashire yesterday. The weather was a bit ‘hit and miss’ at first, with a few blustery showers, but as the morning progresse…

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A Splash Of Late Autumn And Avian Colour

Yesterday morning Gail and I fancied a walk for a bit of fresh of air, and some communion with nature, so to kill two birds with one stone, we headed to our newly set up feeding station in the Hodder Valley in Bowland. The feeding station has only been…

Data Memories – Part 3 – Waders

I know I probably don’t need to tell you, but here in northwest England the weather has been pretty awful for nearly ten days now. We’re back in a cold westerly air stream with frequent heavy showers, and periods of heavier more prolonged rain. The res…

Another Back To Back

Alice and I had another back to back ringing session at the pools at the Obs on Saturday and Sunday, and managed to ring another 75 birds over both days.Saturday dawned with full cloud cover, with a light north-easterly breeze. We got the nets up in th…

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Latvian Love Song

I’ve had two mornings of ringing at the pools yesterday and today, and it all started with a, or I should I say the, ‘Latvian love song’! The Latvian love song that I refer to, is a recording of Redwing song and calls that has proved over recent years …

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Norse Invaders With Red Wings

The winds were forecast to be a tad too strong for any ringing this morning, so I headed to the coastal farm fields at first light. I walked along the sea wall under two oktas cloud cover with a 10-15 mph east-notheasterly wind. The tide was still…

Migration Action In Miniature

I wasn’t sure what time the rain was going to come in this morning, the forecast wasn’t clear. Depending on which forecast you looked at, it could be around dawn, or an hour or two after. Was there a chance that it would drop a few birds in, or was tha…

Doing The Rounds

For the past two days I have been out at first light doing the rounds irrespective of the weather, because it is October after all! I joined a meeting of the Highland branch of the Scottish Ornithologists Club (SOC) yesterday evening, to hear a talk by…

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