Its back or another has turned up!

Posted on - In Heysham Bird Observatory (LWT)
Chough Heysham Head 1130ish per Malcolm - Throbshaw Point area, then flew south. We suspect it may be a passage bird, on a day when there have been lots of corvid movement, as its behaviour was atypical of last winter's resident which Malcolm daw virtually daily.  We'll see. Crystal clear conditions didn't promise very much other than a bit of vis, but a single Yellow-browed Warbler and, perhaps more unusually as obviously not a 'one-off', a flock of three Chiffchaff were caught.  Earlier a Long or Short-eared Owl was chased by three Carrion Crow in semi-darkness east towards the entrance gate.  The owl probably tried to land as it became light in the middle of the tank farm crow roost!  What I could see of it and the fact it obviously disturbed a thorn-bush and caused roost Carrion Crows to pursue it before th...

Blog Post: Thor is no more: First hatched hen harrier in Bowland for three years disappears in suspicious circumstances

Posted on - In RSPB Skydancer Project
This summer we were overjoyed to have hen harriers nesting in Bowland for the first time since 2015. Our project team worked round the clock to monitor the three nests there, and the parent birds fledged an amazing 13 chicks between them. Young hen harriers were fitted with tags as part of the RSPB’s EU-funded Hen Harrier LIFE project and we watched with anticipation as the chicks grew and started to fly away from their nests and make their way into the world. Unfortunately, it was unlucky 13 for one of our brood. Young male hen harrier Thor fledged from a nest of four chicks in the Forest of Bowland and his satellite tag was fitted in mid-June. After leaving the nest he remained in the vicinity for several months. His tag was transmitting regularly when it suddenly and inexplicably stopped. His last known fix on 3 October 2018 showed h...

Brambling at last

Posted on - In Heysham Bird Observatory (LWT)
I haven’t got the figures for today other than ringing which included a pleasant flock of Long tailed tit   and three Chiffchaff and a Blackcap is some more migrant Greenfinch. An adult Common Tern was a bit of a surprise on the outfallsVis included a flock of 10 Brambling and 58 Carrion CrowA possible Yellow browed calling distantly x 2 in the tank farm direction from the office was not confirmed due to a horrendous amount of background noise this am...
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False Start

Posted on - In Fleetwood Birder
If you remember I had commented on the potential interesting weather synopsis for yesterday morning, but as often happens it didn't come to fruition. The weak weather front moved through, with light drizzle, but after it had come light the effect was more of a 'blocking' feature than of a 'dropping' feature, if you know what I mean.Having said that, after my 8 o'clock Doctor's appointment I decided to have an hour or so's birding before hitting the office for the day. I arrived at the cemetery under full cloud cover, with a moderate southeasterly wind. Where had that wind come from?As I got out of my car I could hear some Chaffinches 'pinging', looked up and could see just a couple of birds. I looked harder and there high above, just dots in my bins, were a tight flock of 42 heading west. When we get flocks like this down on the coast at th...
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Autumnal awe and recent sightings

Posted on - In Leighton Moss (RSPB)
We are deep into autumn at here at Leighton Moss and Morecambe Bay, and so far October has proven as always to be a delightful time for observing wildlife on the reserve. Of course, we are always at the whim of the weather. Episodes of heavy rain might discourage appearances from some species, as well as raise the water levels such that waders and waterfowl are displaced from places on site, moving elsewhere for a brief time. Nevertheless, there has been a wealth of excellent wildlife at Leighton Moss and Morecambe Bay recently, and there is always some form of wonderful wildlife to enjoy on the reserve. Check out our facebook page for photo uploads from our many admiring visitors: https://www.facebook.com/groups/leightonmoss/ Many will already know October as ‘beardie season’, but for those of you who don’t here&rsqu...

Refer a friend

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Refer a friend vmciver Tue, 16/10/2018 - 14:56 Refer a friendHelp us spread the word Alan Price/Gatehouse Studio Refer a friendWe simply couldn’t exist as an organisation without the help and support we receive from our members. By telling your friends and family about the important work we do, we can grow our support network and achieve more for our small charity. Thank you. You can send your friends the link to this page, where they can fill in their details and receive a free copy of our glossy Lapwing magazine and information on becoming a member. As a special offer if they join, you’ll both receive a complimentary voucher for a brew for two at on...
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What a grey day

Posted on - In Heysham Bird Observatory (LWT)
Thick cloud and mizzle put the dampners on the vis but there were a few odds and ends of migrants.Heysham NR Vis 0730-1200Mistle Thrush - 1 SEReed bunting - 1 SChaffinch - 12alba wagtail - 8Meadow Pipit - 1Grounded:Blackcap - 1Goldcrest - 3Blackbird - 6Song Thrush - 3Chiffchaff - 1Middleton NRGrounded:Redwing - 4Goldcrest - 3...
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You Couldn’t Make It Up

Posted on - In Fleetwood Birder
I was out yesterday looking for more eastern sprites, but it wasn't to be, in fact it was very quiet both in terms of vis and grounded migrants. I had seven oktas cloud cover with a 10 mph northwesterly wind. I'm blaming the northwesterly wind.I visited the cemetery first as it is closest to home and I didn't have a single grounded migrant and just the odd Chaffinch, Greenfinch and Goldfinch over was the only vis.The coastal park was a little better as there was some grounded migrants in the form of five Goldcrests, a Chiffchaff, four Coal Tits and a Song Thrush that dropped in. Vis was similar to the cemetery with a handful of Chaffinches and three Grey Wagtails west.Last night the forecast for this morning looked good for some ringing locally, and it was forecast for some rain at my Cheshire wintering bird survey site, so I decided to go ...

Rare As Hen’s Teeth

Posted on - In Another Bird Blog
As predicted, a weekend of Storm Callum made for several grey, wet and windy days and left no chance of a ringing session. During this time it seemed unlikely that many of our target birds had made it south to Lancashire through such unfavourable weather systems, despite good numbers of Redwings, Bramblings and Fieldfares in the Northern Isles of Scotland, some 6/700 miles away.  Sunday afternoon was bright and sunny to further heighten expectations for Monday morning, already pencilled in as the first “probable” day for a rush of birds from the North. At 0630 I met Andy at our regular ringing site near Oakenclough, a hamlet that lies on the very edge of the Pennine Hills. Before today at this site we’d handled over 620 birds for the year but with luck September and October see a major arrival of many birds into the UK – ...