Category: Fleetwood Birder

Few Birds = Few Words

I was unsure where to go this morning, as the tides are high at the moment, 9 metres plus, and high tide was at 3:32 a.m., so that meant looking for waders on the river was out, because at first light the tide would still be covering all the mud. It wa…

Surprise Shortie

Since my last ringing session on 3rd August, the weather hasn’t been fit for any further sessions in the reedbed and scrub at the Obs, and this has been a tad frustrating. I’ve also had a bit of work to do this week as well. I’m not going to complain, …

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Spotted Flycatcher Update – Part 3

This will be the last Spotted Flycatcher update for this year, as yesterday evening Gail and I ringed the second brood of the second pair. When Alice and I checked them last week, there was one very small young and three warm eggs. Yesterday evening th…

Chalk and Cheese

Yesterday morning, I finally managed a ringing session at the Obs in the Willow scrub and reedbed, but driving there at 0500 alarm bells started ringing, as it was clear, very clear. In fact, so clear that there was an Autumnal nip to the early morning…

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Thwarted Before We Started

Alice and I met at 0515 yesterday at the Willow scrub and reedbed at the Obs to attempt a ringing session, but alas we were thwarted before we started. I only have a five-minute drive to the site, but as I was driving there, I could see rain on my wind…

Spotted Flycatcher Update – Part 2

Alice and I checked our two Spotted Flycatcher nests in the Hodder Valley in Bowland yesterday evening to see how they were progressing, and to check if the chicks were big enough to ring.In the first nest we found three healthy and large chicks, which…

Ticking Robins

At 5 o’clock yesterday morning, from a soundscape perspective, it felt like Autumn, as there were several ‘ticking’ Robins as I put the nets up in the reedbed and scrub at the Obs. However, the temperature made it feel like the height of summer, as alr…

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Birds, Bugs And Botany

Yesterday, Gail and I had to check two Spotted Flycatcher nests in Bowland, and to make a morning of it, I decided to show Gail two pieces of nice grassland; one on one of my client’s farm, and another on a friend’s. Both are in Bowland, and fairly clo…

Rain Stop-Starts Play Twice

Last Saturday, Alice and I had to furl our nets twice in the wet scrub at the Obs, but we still had a reasonable ringing session. When we put the nets up at 5:00 a.m. it was under full cloud cover, and the wind was a light south-easterly. It was a tad …