Thursday : Ringing Sessions

Posted on - In Heysham Bird Observatory (LWT)
Ringing took place at both Middleton and Heysham.Although the numbers caught were low, only twelve birds at each site, the highlights were the first Grasshopper Warbler and Whitethroat of this spring at Middleton.Willow Warblers - 10Chiffchaff - 4Blackcap - 2Grasshopper Warbler - 1Whitethroat - 1Reed Bunting - 1Goldfinch - 1 plus 1 retrapDunnock - 1 retrapChaffinch - 1 retrapBlackbird - 1 retrapAlso at Middleton, at least three Grasshopper Warblers and two Cetti's singing/calling early morning.JM...

Pollution hits Kingfisher Trail

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Release date:  Fri, 21/04/2017 (All day) Main image:  Summary:  A pollution incident which has affected a 25-mile stretch of the River Irwell will have consequences for our Kingfisher Trail. The Environment Agency is investigating where the toxic chemicals came from after it hit a 25-mile stretch of the river from Rawtenstall to Manchester city centre. read more...

Too much going on!

Posted on - In Barrie Tyrer
Big things have been hapening with the Clitheroe Naturalists, they now have a facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CNSociety/ and they have revived the Clitheroe Wildlife facebook group they will also be sending out email newsletters if you would like to be included email clitheroenaturalists@gmail.com and if that’s not enough they have published their summer outings programme as a pdf It has been a hectic few weeks, at this time of year there is just so much going on I find it difficult to keep up this is the time of first, first Bumble Bee first Hoverflys, you get the picture. The most enjoyable thing for me is the return of sound to the garden, the fantastic symphony of bird song in the early morning and evening but more important to me is the hum and buzz of insects. This time of the year is always a rush in the garden as th...
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A much better day but only poor pics

The Safari went a few miles north to meet up with GB and JH for a mooch along the prom again.The tide was well down and there were two ferries at anchor waiting for the tide to rise before they could get into Heysham dock, they have a 5.5m (18ft) draught, with our very long lens we couldn't get both of them in frame together.In front of the ship and stretching to the left is the 'new' shingle island King's Scar which has arisen about a mile offshore since the dredging of our smaller port has stopped. Looks good for nesting sea/shore birds like Ringed Plovers and terns (hopefully to include Little Terns). It isn't totally covered by most high tides now but how much higher can it get? Maybe that's what the ancient village of S(h)ingleton Thorpe was built of that was a good way off the current coastline. The village was lost in a storm in the ...

Good Friday farewell to Hong Kong with some excellent birds

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Having enjoyed a few days sightseeing and birding around Hong Kong, it was to 'work' for me and the preparation for the Hong Kong 7's tournament followed by a trip to a factory in Dongguan, China. I've got to say that our preparation for the event must have been good as everything went as planned and Bernie and I got some splendid views of Red-billed Blue Magpies from the back of the Stadium as well as a fleeting glimpse of a Blue Whistling Thrush as it dived for cover. We also managed to watch quite a bit of Rugby 7's too! :)Box seats weren't too bad ;)Bernie had headed back to England whilst I was in China but upon my return to HK, I had a day before my flight so arranged with Matt for another day's birding. I hadn't done any forest birding at all before - just had headed for Mai Po - so the promise of Tai Po Kau's established forest was ...

Low Key Morning

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Heysham ObsA ringing session this morning produced fewer captures than expected from five nets set from dawn. It was a case of quality rather than quantity.Although plenty of local pairs of birds were flitting around there appeared to be few newly arrived birds.Sedge Warbler - 1Chiffchaff - 2 retrapsWillow Warbler - 4 plus 2 retrapsBlackcap - 1Goldfinch - 2 plus 2 retrapsDunnock - 1 retrapMothsNone in the hut trap.  The overnight wind although broadly southerly, did have a little east in it  which may have deterred moths from entering the window.ajd...
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Business Support Assistant

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Quick summary:  We are seeking Business Support Assistant to perform a professional and friendly customer service role, as well as providing a full administrative and business support function to designated areas within the Trust. Full time (37.5 hours per week) We currently have a vacancy for a full time Business Support Assistant at our Head Office. The postholder will be the first point of contact for the general public and visitors to the building and will perform a professional and friendly customer service role on a daily basis along with being responsible for providing a full administrative and business support function to designated areas within the Trust. Salary:  £16,000 pa Closing d...

Trickling Migrants.

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An obvious northerly Swallow movement yesterday albeit a trickle where I was  - c.60 birds in 6 hours - including interest being shown by single birds lingering around Gardners Farm and Conder Green Farm.With the exception of 6 Sand Martin over Conder Pool, interest at Conder Green yesterday was with 3 Greenshank in the creeks, and 2 Common Sandpiper, both of which were in the Conder channel downstream from the iron bridge where a Kestrel came to hover.Along the coastal path to Glasson Dock, I found 2 Chiffchaff, and on the low tide Lune Estuary, 11 Black-tailed Godwit, a pair of Eider, and 12 Wigeon were to note. Gulls here didn't amount to a three figure count and were in the main Lesser Black-backed Gull and Herring Gull. Whimbrel Cockersand Pete WoodruffAt Cockersand, 2 Whimbrel were off Crook Far...
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Trickling Migrants.

Posted on - In Birds2blog
An obvious northerly Swallow movement yesterday albeit a trickle where I was  - c.60 birds in 6 hours - including interest being shown by single birds lingering around Gardners Farm and Conder Green Farm.With the exception of 6 Sand Martin over Conder Pool, interest at Conder Green yesterday was with 3 Greenshank in the creeks, and 2 Common Sandpiper, both of which were in the Conder channel downstream from the iron bridge where a Kestrel came to hover.Along the coastal path to Glasson Dock, I found 2 Chiffchaff, and on the low tide Lune Estuary, 11 Black-tailed Godwit, a pair of Eider, and 12 Wigeon were to note. Gulls here didn't amount to a three figure count and were in the main Lesser Black-backed Gull and Herring Gull. Whimbrel Cockersand Pete WoodruffAt Cockersand, 2 Whimbrel were off Crook Far...
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Both Sides Of the Solway

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Yesterday morning I did get up before first light with the intention of ringing at the Obs as I said in my previous blog posting, but it was raining! I waited and waited, and it didn't stop. I drifted off to sleep and awakened again at 7:00 am and still it rained; so I tried!It was an even earlier start this morning, but for some reason I had a spring in my step when the alarm went off at 0345! Maybe it was because I was heading to the Solway! I had a bird survey to do for work in north Cumbria overlooking the Solway and afterwards it was my intention to spend a few hours birding the Scottish side. As I headed over Faulds Brow the thermometer on my car read a chilly minus 4! However, as I dropped down to my survey site thankfully the temperature lifted, but it was still hat and gloves weather this early in the day!I was surveying some newly...