Monday 26th MarchThe Ecology and Conservation of Riverine Birds
Crook O' Lune & local area forays.
Posted by Steve Graham
I would like to keep this post near the top of the list if possible as I intend posting sightings to it on a regular basis through the year. Which should make collating my local records a lot easier through the year. Does anyone know how to make the post 'stick' near the top please?
Crook O' Lune - Usual suspects at present, up to 3 Goldeneye around, 1 Little Grebe, singing Mistle Thrush, 20 Siskin, Bullfinch 1 pair.
12/02 - GBBGull 1cy on western rocks in river. Starling singing for Eastern picnic site, scarce here. House Sparrow - bird calling near Scarthwaite Hotel very scarce here despite being very common in Halton & Caton.
First of many records hopefully this year.
Crook O' Lune
17/02 - Oystercatcher calling after dark. My first here this year.
18/02 - Plenty of birds singing this morning including several Song Thrush and single Mistle Thrush. GSW drumming and Siskin have now built up to 30+. Chaffinch & Greenfinch now in full song. Goldeneye up to 5 with 1 Drake and 4 redheads. Single Little Grebe still around along with lone 1cy Mute Swan. A male Kestrel appeared at dusk to roost nearby as it or a decendant has done for the past few winter's. Another Oystercatcher heard today, spring around the corner.
Otherwise fairly steady and wintering Thrushes seen absent here at the moment. Although nearly all berries nearby were exhausted sometime ago.
28/02 - Slight movement of Redwings here today. 1W, 4S and 3 in the garden briefly. Been very scarce here so far this year. 3 Fieldfare in the hedgerow adjacent to the Bay Gateway heading towards Halton.
River fairly quiet at the moment although Little Grebe increased to 4 and there has been up to 5 Goldeneye around. River now starting to ice up in places.
Interestingly, the garden feeders are no busier at the moment than in a now 'normal' damp mild winter. Still a few Siskin about and a GSW bravely drummed this morning - 01/03.
Much the same again this week with the garden feeders hardly any busier than usual despite the weather conditions.
02/03 - 20 Lapwing south. Surprisingly scarce here with just 2/3 records a year.
04/03- Raven heard, 4 Goldeneye back on river along with 2 Little Grebe and male Goosander. Up to 3 GSW drumming this morning. 3 pairs of Lapwing back on field just N of Caton old station house by cycle path. A traditional breeding site but not suitable last year.
A few Curlew and Oystercatcher have been moving through, roll on spring!
07/03 - An excellent days walking around all the hides at LM and finishing at Warton Crag. Recorded 76 species, with following highlights:
Lower Hide/ Causeway - At least 10 Goldeneye & 6 drake Pochard, 6 Water Rails calling, Reed Buntings in full song, Cetti's W 1s. 3 Marsh Harriers around, 3 Sparrowhawk. Elsewhere, ringtail Hen Harrier, see separate thread, Lesser Redpoll 1 on feeders, GWE 2/3. Warton 2 Ravens visiting nest and displaying, 2 Peregrine's briefly.
Saltmarsh hides, 5 Avocets, 1 Greenshank plenty of Curlew moving through along with smaller numbers of Lapwing.
Stoat moving along hedgeline in field adjacent to Lower Hide path am.
Excellent day out in dry weather!
Weekly summary, not feeling very spring like again!
9/3 First Lesser Redpoll of the year along with c20 Siskin still present.
10/3 Up to 5 Bullfinch including 3 males visiting the garden.
11/3 c50 BHGulls all full adults moving purposefully East.
13/3 Still up to 3 Goldeneye intermittently around.
9/3 First Buff-tailed Bumblebee of the year here.
11/3 First frogspawn of the year laid.
13/3 A rather sluggish Palmate Newt heading to pond. Also Mink see swimming across river.
At this rate it make take until April to see my first butterfly this year!
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