Meadow Pipit push begins

Posted on - In Heysham Bird Observatory (LWT)
Negative: no sign Iceland GullAs the weather starts to improve, the Meadow Pipit passage is getting underway. Should have got to Heysham for first light though as other areas e.g. Rossall had hundreds of Mipits by 08:00Ocean Edge 08:0044 Meadow Pipits groundedWheatear - 2 males early afternoonVisible migrationNorth Harbour Wall 08:15 - 09:35 All birds heading NE into the wind. Meadow Pipit 152 plus 71 different over Middleton, plus 40 later Alba Wagtail 17Goldfinch 2Greenfinch 1Linnet 2Common Gull - 7 . All immatures. NB 25 Common Gulls on the beach in the afternoon. Mixed ages.Black-headed Gull - 5Red-throated Diver 4 into the BayAuk sp. probably Guillemot 1 into the BayWhooper Swan - flock of 70-75 north mid afternoonSwallow - two north over Heysham village pm (IOY)Peregrine 2 high. May be local.Heysham NR Stonech...

It was there but…

The Safari was able to get out to the big park before family duties kicked in on Sunday. It only took us a couple of minutes to find the Chough. We'd expected to see a large crowd giving us a clue as to where it was but there was no-one with bins and scopes to be seen. However, as it happened it was only a few feet from where it had been seen the previous day.With the dreadful conditions and long range our pics weren't up to much and this dire effort is the best of a very bad bunch. Still a Chough (115) is a very welcome addition to our Year Bird Challenge, indeed it was our 100th species photographed giving us a 'hit rate' of 87%.Monday's weather was much better but sadly we were stuck in the office driving the desk and unable to take advantage of the sunshine.During the week we had the opportunity of a quick scamper down on to the beach t...
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Vis – the Variety of (Bird) Life

Posted on - In Fleetwood Birder
I headed to the Point this morning for a couple of hours birding, and based on the weather I predicted that there would be quite a lot of vis this morning and there was! The weather has been pretty awful these past few days with strong winds and rain, and this morning was the first decent morning for a while and the flood gates were certainly opened. I joined Ian before seven (Ian had been there since six), and spent a pleasurable couple of hours. We had 6 oktas cloud cover with a 10 - 15 mph east-northeasterly wind.All of the birds moving on vis were heading between east and northeast and we had 502 Meadow Pipits, 51 Carrion Crows, six Linnets, 40 Whooper Swans, three Jackdaws, nine Alba Wags, eleven Goldfinches, a Rook, a female Sparrowhawk, 32 Woodpigeons, a Pied Wagtail, a male Kestrel (at sea), a female Merlin (at sea), three Magpies, ...

Migrants struggle through

Posted on - In Heysham Bird Observatory (LWT)
Two Sand Martin north this morning (IOY)17 grounded Meadow Pipit Red Nab and three north this amMale Wheatear Red Nab the only one despite good coastal coverageIceland Gull at waterfall after the tide - the grey is really coming through on the mantle nowJean/Malcolm/Pete...

Stonechat performs well

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A female Stonechat gave Janet some nice pic opportunities when it appeared on Heysham NR late afternoon:Iceland Gull - 3CY on Fishers roof and later on the south quay - almost a long enough stay to be given a nameGannet - adult Kittiwake - adultBoth the last two appeared as the IOM passenger ferry was coming in and may have been dragged in then headed north as the boat slowed down...

Little Wonder

Posted on - In Birding Aldcliffe
Little ringed plover - AldcliffeMid to late March always has me anticipating the arrival of the first little ringed plover at Aldcliffe. They are extremely reliable here and turn up each year around the same date; March 17th in 2013, 19th in 2014 and 2015 and 18th last year.So when I clapped eyes on a lovely adult female on the Flood this morning I wasn't the least bit surprised.These dainty little waders are long distance migrants, returning to the UK each spring from their wintering grounds in Africa. They are as much a herald of spring for me as wheatears, sand martins and chiffchaffs.(The pic here was taken previously). Today's morning visit to Aldcliffe followed a few off-patch visits along with fellow birder and good chum Stuart Meredith. First we headed to Sizergh Castle in search of hawfinch. These dazzling and often elusive birds a...
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Community Engagement Officer

Posted on - In Lancashire Wildlife Trust
Quick summary:  We're looking for an individual to deliver community engagement and empowerment through support to local community groups through Sense of Place and the co-ordination of a training programme for these groups, volunteers and landscape champions to ensure key individuals increase their capacity to take on greater roles in our landscape programme. Full Time, Fixed Term contract for 4 Years  We are the lead organisation for the Carbon Landscape, a Landscape Partnership Scheme. We have secured funding from Heritage Lottery Fund to deliver an exciting programme of 22 exciting projects which will help us to restore and enhance the landscape, raise awareness of its value and access opportunities, and engage local communities in ways to get involved i...

Carbon Landscape Support Officer

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Quick summary:  The Trust seeks a driven individual to support the Carbon Landscape project management and programme activities, with a focus on the communications, volunteer and events functions. Full Time, Fixed Term contract for 4.5 Years We are the lead organisation for the Carbon Landscape, a Landscape Partnership Scheme. We have secured funding from Heritage Lottery Fund to deliver an exciting programme of 22 exciting projects which will help us to restore and enhance the landscape, raise awareness of its value and access opportunities, and engage local communities in ways to get involved in the protection of our landscape into the future. Salary:  £18,500 Closing date:  ...

Landscape Restoration and Volunteer Coordinator

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Quick summary:  We are looking for somebody to deliver The Carbon Landscape programme specific to the natural heritage through partnership and beneficiary engagement, and ensure effective volunteer co-ordination to ensure the opportunity to involve volunteers in all aspects of programme delivery is maximized. Full Time, Fixed Term contract for 4 Years We are the lead organisation for the Carbon Landscape, a Landscape Partnership Scheme. We have secured funding from Heritage Lottery Fund to deliver an exciting programme of 22 exciting projects which will help us to restore and enhance the landscape, raise awareness of its value and access opportunities, and engage local communities in ways to get involved in the protection of our landscape into the future. Salar...

Access & Events Officer

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Quick summary:  We're looking for somebody to co-ordinate a range of access improvements and promote access throughout the Carbon Landscape, as well as organising a programme of events that will reach new audiences and give them the opportunity to explore the Carbon Landscape. Full Time, Fixed Term contract for 3.5 years         We are the lead organisation for the Carbon Landscape, a Landscape Partnership Scheme. We have secured funding from Heritage Lottery Fund to deliver an exciting programme of 22 exciting projects which will help us to restore and enhance the landscape, raise awareness of its value and access opportunities, and engage local communities in ways to get involved in the protection of our landscape into the future. Sa...