The Day Off!

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With the motor ill in hospital on Tuesday, birding options were limited, so I opted to do the Lancaster - Glasson walk following the coastal path. An excellent birding location which was to be honest quite pathetic....the birds were having a day off.I set out from Skerton Bridge where I saw around 50 gulls on the river, mainly Black-headed Gull, with a few Herring/Common/LBB and a GBB, then - 2 Robin aside - I'd seen not another small bird by the time I got to the flood at Aldcliffe which now has to be renamed Aldcliffe Lake, no muddy edges and not a bird in sight, the Wildfowler's Pools likewise.I'd now covered over 2 miles, but from here no improvement. I saw nothing until I reached the railway cutting where I found 6 Blackbird, then unbelievably saw just 3 Greenfinch before I got beyond the old red bricked bridge over the railw...
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Better Gate Than Never

Posted on - In Birding Aldcliffe
Boy, where has the time gone? One minute it's early September and I'm looking forward to lots of exciting autumn birding, then it's suddenly mid-October and it feels like I've hardly been out!Well, that's not strictly true - I have had a few visits to Aldcliffe and environs but I've not exactly come back with a bulging notebook.North RonaldsayPlus, I spent the last week of September on North Ronaldsay, in Orkney. And that was pretty much dawn till dusk birding for 6 days. Our stay on this magical isle didn't coincide with The Big One (that came several days later) but we still found and / or saw plenty to entertain us.Rustic bunting by Mark WitherallHighlights included rustic, little and ortolan bunting  olive-backed pipit, bluethroat, red-breasted flycatcher, barred and yellow-browed warblers plus plenty of birds I don't see enough of...

Out of the blue

Posted on - In Heysham Bird Observatory (LWT)
A bit of coastal birding in bright and breezy conditions degenerated into texting Lou Cross to see if I had just seen his van going along the Barrow coast road at the other side of the Bay...................then on the same text theme Malcolm informed of a vocal Yellow-browed Warbler near the steps on the SE side of the model boat pond.  No sign of it later but very little was actually calling and it was rather breezy with several potential corridors the bird could have made its way alongMiddleton NRYellow-browed Warbler - see aboveChiffchaff - 2Mute Swan - 7Migrant Hawker - at least 7Common Darter - 6+InshoreEarly stages of incoming tide & ferryMed Gull - 3 x 1CY, 2 x 2CY and a minimum of 6 Ads (inc 8 birds behind ferry as it entered port).  One of the 2CY has a lot of solid black on the outer primaries - not one which has be...
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Rockpool Horror Show

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Date / Time Start date:  Wed, 01/11/2017 - 1:00pm - 2:30pm Prepare to be mystified by the intriguing lives of the creatures we discover, during an afternoon of rock pooling! Wear waterproofs and wellies or other sturdy footwear as it can be slippery under foot!   Meet on the beach at Half Moon Bay, Heysham, LA3 2QH. (Free car parking off Smithy Lane).   Summary:  Come along to the Rockpool Horror show as we explore the weird and wonderful rock pools of Half Moon Bay, Heysham. Main image:  Booking details Booking required?:  No Admission charge:&nbs...
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Rockpool Horror Show

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Date / Time Start date:  Wed, 01/11/2017 - 1:00pm - 2:30pm Prepare to be mystified by the intriguing lives of the creatures we discover, during an afternoon of rock pooling! Wear waterproofs and wellies or other sturdy footwear as it can be slippery under foot!   Meet on the beach at Half Moon Bay, Heysham, LA3 2QH. (Free car parking off Smithy Lane).   Summary:  Come along to the Rockpool Horror show as we explore the weird and wonderful rock pools of Half Moon Bay, Heysham. Main image:  Booking details Booking required?:  No Admission charge:&nbs...
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Mud Dipping Horrors

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Date / Time Start date:  Tue, 31/10/2017 - 11:00am - 12:30pm We will be digging around on the beach to find all sorts of hidden animals, such as worms, shrimps, snails and fascinating shells which can bury themselves! The mud, which feeds the wading birds of the Ribble estuary, will be full of life for us to discover! Wear waterproofs and wellies (as you may get muddy!) We will meet on the car park by the beach terrace café and make our way onto the beach together. We will also be running a Halloween themed sand sculpture competition, with prizes!   Summary:  Join us on Halloween as we discover the mysterious creatures living within the mud of St Annes. Main image:  ...
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Mud Dipping Horrors

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Date / Time Start date:  Tue, 31/10/2017 - 11:00am - 12:30pm We will be digging around on the beach to find all sorts of hidden animals, such as worms, shrimps, snails and fascinating shells which can bury themselves! The mud, which feeds the wading birds of the Ribble estuary, will be full of life for us to discover! Wear waterproofs and wellies (as you may get muddy!) We will meet on the car park by the beach terrace café and make our way onto the beach together. We will also be running a Halloween themed sand sculpture competition, with prizes!   Summary:  Join us on Halloween as we discover the mysterious creatures living within the mud of St Annes. Main image:  ...
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Practical Conservation Day: Warton Crag Nature Reserve

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Date / Time Start date:  Thu, 30/11/2017 - 9:30am - 3:00pm Thu, 07/12/2017 - 9:30am - 3:00pm Thu, 14/12/2017 - 9:30am - 3:00pm Thu, 18/01/2018 - 9:30am - 3:00pm Thu, 25/01/2018 - 9:30am - 3:00pm Thu, 15/02/2018 - 9:30am - 3:00pm Thu, 22/02/2018 - 9:30am - 3:00pm Thu, 08/03/2018 - 9:30am - 3:00pm Warton Crag Nature Reserve is one of our nationally important areas of limestone habitat including grassland, woodland and limestone pavement, which supports some of Britain's rare...

September’s Ringing Totals

Posted on - In Fleetwood Birder
Over on the right I have updated the ringing totals for Fylde Ringing Group up until the end of September. To date we have ringed 1952 birds of 50 species and we are 640 down on this time last year. Two new species for the year were ringed in September and these were Grey Wagtail and Pied Wagtail.The top 5 ringed for the month and the top 10 'movers and shakers' for the year are as follows:Top 5 Ringed in September1. Meadow Pipit - 1022. Goldcrest - 523. Goldfinch - 494. Blue Tit - 315. Linnet - 23Top 10 'Movers and Shakers' for the Year1. Linnet - 227 (same position)2. Goldfinch - 202 (same position)3. Swallow - 145 (same position)4. Blue Tit - 134 (same position)5. Meadow Pipit - 121 (straight in)6. Lesser Redpoll - 112 (straight in)7. Reed Warbler - 92 (down from 5th)8.  Pied Flycatcher - 79 (down from 6th)9. Goldcrest - 78 (straigh...