On The Road Again

Recent mornings saw overcast skies, cold winds and very little sunshine. Such mornings are not ideal for a visit to the Pennine hills with a camera itching to click. I pencilled in Wednesday for an early start and then watched as the forecasts did th…

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Some welcome recovery news

A couple of decent recoveries here – a late autumn passage Blackcap caught in Holland on spring passage – prob Scandinavian bird and a Greenfinch found dead at Sedbergh in the breeding season.   Several Greenfinch ringed on autumn passage in Octob…

Lockdown..Covid-19..Easing of Restrictions…The Birds and the Bees

Recently the restrictions on movement have been eased.One can now go out for exercise for longer and travel for an unlimited distance.I have taken advantage of this and have made a couple of visits to locations not too far from home for exercise armed …

Pied Flycatchers on a Roll

With the BTO lifting some of the restrictions on ringing, we decided to make our Pied Flycatcher RAS in the upland woods of the Lune Valley our priority. First impressions have been exciting. In two of the larger woods with 110 nest boxes, we found 43 …

Still some decent stuff on the sea

A bit slower today, but still a few decent birds around. There shouldn’t be much overlap in these records as most of these were around the high tide mark at 0930Sea 0800-1000 Heysham harbour: (PM & JR)Arctic skua 1 probable dark morph very distant,…

Week 8 but are the safaris locked down or not?

The Safari has taken advantage of the relaxed lockdown rules available in the second half of this week. To start the week we were still only able to do one proper walk a day and Monday saw us have a wander along the full length of the North Blackp…

Four well spaced seawatchers looking in slightly different directions at different heights above sea level

The first time this has ever happened here!   Sorting the records out was not easy as the skuas were obviously not heading overland and indeed most would have been missed by all observers had they done so as they obviously went in prior to st…

A Field Sheet At Last

I managed to ring my first birds for the year yesterday, and what a joy it was to complete a field sheet at last! More of that later, but now I need to rewind four days to when I was working on the Cumbrian side of the North Pennines.  It was a be…

Decent coverage

Seawatch 6-9am – ref Nick Godden curtesy on LDBWS website Red-throated diver 2 Common scoter 60 plus hundreds more distantly in Cumbria Goosander 5 (4m) in Arctic tern 17 in (2,1,14) Sandwich tern 12 Arctic skua 3 (6.15, 2…

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