Brents defy the wind

The very strong overnight NW winds continued throughout the morning, easing over the afternoon. Again, a surprisingly dry day, with plenty of sunshine, but bitterly cold.South shoreI did a couple of quick checks in the morning and again when the wind h…

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Double Whammy

There’s a double blow to our ringing plans this weekend. Number One is the weather with a Red weather warning of severe winds up to 70mph over northern Britain as Storm Arwen passes over in a north to south direction. Sat here in my office there’s a ho…

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Time to hunker down!

The strong overnight west wind eased slightly and shifted to NW. it became strong again by evening and forecast to become very strong overnight. Surprisingly, it remained dry today, with quite a lot of sunshine.Middleton Nature Reserve Just a brie…

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Another old visitor pops by again (perhaps)

Cold WNW winds, overnight frost and a mainly sunny day (albeit a short one!)First, these shots from Howard, when the Peregrine chased the Knot from the Heliport on Monday. These, and Janet’s below are best viewed by opening the images.Peregrine Falcon….

Purple Sandpiper and good news from Canada!

A fresh west wind, overcast all day with plenty of showers.Heysham skear – low water 08:00 (MD)Pale-bellied Brent goose 6 in the SE corner – this is the good news from Canada. On 12th November There were four adults including just one with red and blue…

Cockersand….Best & Brilliant.

On a lovely sunny, cold, and calm day, Cockersand was at its best and brilliant on Monday, and produced a nice little trio to add to some other good things.But I first called in at Conder Green to note 2 Kingfisher in flight down the creeks, one in pur…

Making sure we plant the right trees in the right place

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Making sure we plant the right trees in the right place
Planting trees is a vital tool in the fight against climate change. But how do we make sure we plant the right trees in the right place? When we’re planningContinue readingMaki…

Great White Egret duo

Calm and sunny initially after another cold night. Then a slight southerly air movement brought in the clouds. The breeze freshened slightly and moved to west.Middleton Nature Reserve A quick check of the main ponds confirmed there are still 38 Ga…

Gadwall numbers continue to increase

Overnight frost left thin ice on the shallowest pools. The very light breeze varied from NE to NW with some calm periods in between. Sun for most of the day.Heliport areaUnfortunately, a very active Peregrine Falcon flushed the Knot from the sea wall. …

ELFIN SADDLE FUNGI (HELVELLA LACUNOSA) 22nd Nov 21 – Dalton Crags

 ALSO CHECK OUT LINKS TO MORE OF MY BLOGS BELOWElfin Saddle fungi  (Helvella lacunosa) 22ndNovember 2021 – Dalton Crags. A strange looking mushroom I found amongst the leaf litter on the floor beneath a Beech tree in Woodland making u…