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A rather belated finish to the nesting seagull census today but I have not got the data to handLots on Fisher's roof but unexpected lack of any GBBG success thereThe outfalls held a new Med - below on Red Nab and easier to find than yesterdays 3CY!  Also the first (dispersing) baby Black-headed Gull of the year - early?  Late afternoon saw two adults at low tide.  Its starting to happen!...
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Holiday Snaps

Posted on - In Fleetwood Birder
I've had to hit the ground running this week with work, with lots of site visits and today is the first time I have had time to post anything since getting back from Scotland at weekend. Gail and I had a week in a holiday cottage on the Kilninver Estate south of Oban overlooking Loch Feochan. When it wasn't raining we had cracking views to Kerrera, and Mull beyond that. I say when it wasn't raining because we had quite a dreich week!We didn't see a huge selection of birds, but you know what it's like as a birder you're always birding wherever you are. Highlights included lots of Siskins everywhere we went, Hooded Crows a plenty, Cuckoos, a couple of Golden Eagles, Goosanders, lots of Song Thrushes outnumbering Blackbirds, Spotted Flycatchers, breeding Wheatears, Stonechats, Peregrine, Ravens and Rock Dove (not sure how genuine they are here...
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Digging For Gold.

Posted on - In Birds2blog
Excellent day on Monday in the Cross of Greet/White Greet/Bloe Greet area, though the birds did'nt quite reach the 'excellent' mark. Whinchat Martin Lofgren @ Wild Bird Gallery Like digging for gold, it took four hours to find a pair of Whinchat at Bloe Greet, seen as a scarce and declining migrant breeder in the Bowland Fells. But this interesting record in the 1983 LDBWS Annual Report...The Whinchat is seen to be loosing ground with only 8 pairs found this year in Bowland....doesn't seem to make things sound any better for the Whinchat even 34 years ago. You might see them on passage....but go try to find a pair breeding somewhere.Stonechat. Howard Stockdale.Six Stonechat were seen in as many hours as a distant female and two juvenile, or three juvenile above White Greet, a pair and a lone male...
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More returning adult or near adult seagulls

Posted on - In Heysham Bird Observatory (LWT)
Heysham ObsA reasonable number of seagulls on the outfalls and Red Nab including a 3CY Med in full summer plumage:Moth traps at Middleton held both Silky and Obscure Wainscot and a rather late Shaded Pug graced the Heysham trap.Any dragonfly info from today?Ringing took place at Middleton NR this am and the surprise was a rather early dispersing juvenile Treecreeper - usually an occasional July feature and scarce and erratic at all times away from Heysham Head - and the first juv Reed Warbler.   Perhaps surprisingly, the few recent ringing efforts have not included any juvenile Cetti's Warbler, but the territories are mainly to the east of the ringing site ...

Golden Times

Posted on - In Another Bird Blog
There are more pictures from the hill country today. Birding is more than a little quiet and the weather so perfect that I took to the upland roads with camera at the ready. Noticeable today was the reduction in numbers of waders with many already gone for the coast, mainly Lapwings, Redshanks and Curlews but to a lesser extent Oystercatchers. In fact I struggled to get pictures of Curlew and Redshank and managed just one Lapwing. Despite that a number of Snipe continued to both sing and display and to show themselves on dry stone walls and fences. Lapwing Curlew Like me, the Oystercatcher below was searching the skies for the Golden Plover singing unseen. I didn’t see the plover but the unmistakeable melody rung out loud and clear across the open fell. OystercatcherMaybe the Oystercatcher didn’t recognise the song...
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Monday

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  Middleton early amGeneral4 Spotted chaser - minimum 10 (all checked were standard type)Emperor - 1 male each, no swimming pond and new small scrapes. female type central marshBroad Bodied Chaser - 3 male on small scrapesCommon Darter - minimum 1 possibly 2 2 Cetti's singing1 Grasshopper warbler reeling central marsh. First I've heard for a while, there are actual grasshoppers chirruping now, but this was definitely a warbler. 1 stoat Later in am5-6 male RV Darter plus a pair in cop then perhaps the same female on its own Nice pic from John Wright later in afternoon: ...
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Dinghy Skippers, Meadow Browns and lots and lots of Orchids (19th June 2017)

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Looking over to Warton Crag and the Bay (click over to enlarge)Monday 19th June 2017 - Hutton Roof 0900hrs to 1100hrsA new Chiffchaff to book.  Manage to get a good bite from a "Cleg" fly, he did not come again!  I saw a beautiful "light lemon coloured hawker dragonfly", lovely colouring but too flitty to get a photo - seemed to be enjoying the tops of the bracken. A regular Garden Warbler was singing away having moved his territory some 100 yards further East. Found another Common Spotted Orchid (not that Common on Hutton Roof less than 50). Again another day with Small Heaths everywhere.  Had my first Meadow Brown's today (x2) also had one of the larger bronze fritillaries (1st of the year) but its still a little early for Dark Green but spot on for High Brown so I am left wondering......had a Dinghy Skipper and also marked...

Brockholes Conservation Intern

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Quick summary:  Brockholes Nature Reserve is offering an exciting opportunity for an internship in the Reserve Team. 3 days a week (TBC) This role will suite someone with prior experience of nature reserves or with some existing estate skills and natural history knowledge combined with a passion for wildlife conservation. The role offers the chance to gain valuable experience of nature conservation work which is key to establishing a career in this field. Click here to view the role description. Location:  Brockholes Nature Reserve, Preston, PR5 0AG read more...

Nature Tuesdays – Wild Days

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Date / Time Start date:  Tue, 01/08/2017 - 12:30pm - 3:00pm Tue, 08/08/2017 - 12:30pm - 3:00pm Tue, 15/08/2017 - 12:30pm - 3:00pm Tue, 22/08/2017 - 12:30pm - 3:00pm A series of guided and self-guided activities across the beautiful Heysham Nature Reserve. There will events indoors and outdoors, so drop-in regardless of the weather! This event is FREE. Summary:  An Open Afternoon of activities at Heysham Nature Reserve, as part of the 'Connecting to Nature' project. Main image:  Booking details ...