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Rowans with healthy berries, Grey Partridge and Redwing/Fieldfare

Posted by pete marsh 
Rowans with healthy berries, Grey Partridge and Redwing/Fieldfare
January 02, 2019 09:56PM
Common denominator seems to be absence in LDBWS recording area. Have only checked the white Lund Bookers area rowans and they are no good for waxwing with the berries tiny or absent. Anyone know of any ornamental rowans with decent crop in our suburbia or industrial areas please?

Grey Partridge - extinct north of Conder at the very least with no reports from Cockersands that I have seen?

Redwing/fieldfare - complete absence from usual sites, even in bad winters, in perfect searching weather yesterday am. No one has mentioned them yet. Any seen please?

Finally met events suggest we might get a Baltic cold weather evacuation in the coming weeks so a good time to check our local waterbodies and Morecambe bay low tide channels for displaced Smew, red-necked Grebe etc. It could all change however as it did at the very non White Christmas!
Re: Rowans with healthy berries, Grey Partridge and Redwing/Fieldfare
January 02, 2019 11:14PM
7 Fieldfare over the swan flock at Thurnham yesterday were the only ones we saw all day, only 2 Redwings were OOA near Cocker's Dyke
Re: Rowans with healthy berries, Grey Partridge and Redwing/Fieldfare
January 03, 2019 08:21AM
7 redwing Freeman's Wood & 1 fieldfare in FAUNA yesterday.
Re: Rowans with healthy berries, Grey Partridge and Redwing/Fieldfare
January 03, 2019 12:03PM
20 December on golf course from Leighton Moss footpath - 14 fieldfare

28 Dec and 1st Jan Fieldfare on field opposite Lousanna Farm, Rawcliffe Moss OOA

1st Jan Redwing single bird on Wheel Lane Fluke Hall/Pilling OOA.

Jeff B
Re: Rowans with healthy berries, Grey Partridge and Redwing/Fieldfare
January 03, 2019 12:05PM
Ref Berries - Met JW recently who noted that many hawthorns had good berry crop late autumn but now all gone.

It is possible that the long dry summer damaged the berries in some way and they have now dropped?

Jeff B
Re: Rowans with healthy berries, Grey Partridge and Redwing/Fieldfare
January 03, 2019 03:42PM
Some are ok like today's waxwing rowan and those by Wray tearoom. Must be others. Just rowan, not hawthorn etc please.
Re: Rowans with healthy berries, Grey Partridge and Redwing/Fieldfare
January 03, 2019 04:05PM
A few winter thrushes during 10k square coverage of SD 56 and 66 bisected by a quick Waxwing twitch (too quick cf Blackcap also on offer)

C24 redwing eskrigge
C50 redwing 1/2 mile north of wray on roeburndale east road
C15 fieldfare 1/4 mile west of wray
C25 fieldfare on roeburndale WEST road by junction for road to wray

Way below average and we have covered a lot of suitable upland pasture with adjoining tall trees etc



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Re: Rowans with healthy berries, Grey Partridge and Redwing/Fieldfare
January 03, 2019 04:40PM
Single Fieldfare over the Crook on NYD was notable here. 6+ Redwing on Postern Gate Lane on NYD in the tall roadside trees opposite the barn.

10 Redwing dropped in at the Crook yesterday afternoon. Just about all Yew berries gone here which kept c20 Redwings going until late December.

Cheers
Steve
Re: Rowans with healthy berries, Grey Partridge and Redwing/Fieldfare
January 04, 2019 08:45AM
There was still a decent crop of rowan well into November in many places ... the Crem, Ridge Lane, the Cathedral School playground on East Rd, around the Pointer Roundabout, site of the old Greaves Park school etc. but most were stripped in the last 4 weeks. White rowan seems to be to go-to before service tree and cotoneaster. I haven't checked the White Cross pub/factory area or the Tax Office car park behind Dalton Sq yet. The former has plenty of red fruiting trees, the latter a stand of white berry between the decorative ash trees.
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