New ringed meds narrowly avoid being read!

It was dead calm early on, a light north breeze picked up by mid morning. Mainly overcast, but dry.Shaun had a look around the south side this morning:Mediterranean gulls 11 – 9 winter plumage adult plus two 1st winter, on beach near the wooden jetty. …

A Grey Day

It was actually a grey day this morning on two counts, when Alice and I had a ringing session at the Nature Park, because we had full cloud cover throughout, and we also caught a few Grey Wagtails! Of course, Grey Wagtails aren’t just grey as you know,…

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Signed Off

That’s it for a while. When I finished at Cockerham today I packed the ringing gear away for a couple of weeks because Sue and I are off to Greece. There will be no ringing in Skiathos but for sure there will be a spot or two of birdwatching. Sun…

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The Sunday Post!

I had another pleasant visit to the Birk Bank area this week before the weather broke. The wandering wasn’t without at least a couple of surprises.Up to 22 Common Darter were over the bog, with four pairs copulating and ovipositing, also 3 Black Darter…

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Black and White news

Quite a fresh west breeze. Mainly overcast with showers, but the sun broke through occasionally.Middleton Nature Reserve Rosemary and Peter Silvester spotted this female Black Darter on 8th September. They are uncommon here, as far as I can tell, …

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Robin Day, and Mergansers return

Light SSW breeze freshened during the day and moved to SW. Overcast all day with light showers, very misty early on.Heysham skear – low water 09:00Great Crested Grebe 11Red Breasted Merganser 7 (5 + 2 all female/immature) – first record this autumn&nbs…

Lots of finches and a White Wagtail

 Very light breezes again, mainly SE. Overcast all day, but still warm. Some short but heavy showersSouth shore These are some of the Canada geese seen on Tuesday.A Curlew is setting the paceJust my records from a short visit at high water so…

Back In Bowland

I was back in Bowland yesterday with a group of farmers from the Peak District, led by my old Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG) boss Chloe. It was lovely to catch up with Chloe, and what a great bunch of farmers they all were. The idea of…

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Double Jobbed

I was out ringing on Tuesday morning but an urgent phone call sent me scurrying back home with just 5 birds ringed. The morning began with a blanket of mist. Brightness above the grey indicated the sun would quickly break through. The yellow blo…

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VISIBLE BIRD MIGRATION OVER BURTON IN KENDAL (AUTUMN 2021)

 Photo: Redwing thanks to Craig BellVisible Bird Migration over Burton In Kendal – Autumn 2021I am hoping to get started proper from this coming weekend.Thursday 9th September 2021Just did a brief check this morning over on Whinn Yeates, but nothi…