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Posted by j carter 
June 10, 2019 04:22PM
Yesterday afternoon there were 3 little ringed plover on the Wildfowlers' Pools (all adults) so today I went down with the express intention of finding a nest, or two, and / or chicks. Sadly I couldn't locate anything bar a single adult LRP. Are these failed breeders just hanging around or was I just looking in the wrong place? Hopefully the latter.

Just 2 young lapwings present here too, both just about fledged. At least 3 birds have relaid and were sitting in the maize field. Two oystercatcher pairs have also relaid here.

Yesterday over the course of 1.5hrs I didn't see a single swallow. Today there were just two seen over 3 hours. Ordinarily I would expect them to be a pretty permanent presence around Aldcliffe at this time of year. Reasonable numbers of house martins, presumably from the nearby colony off Willow Lane, and a handful of swifts.

Normal-ish numbers of common whitethroat around but lesser whitethroat numbers seem down, as do sedge warblers. Blackcaps appear to be in abundance!
Re: Aldcliffe
June 10, 2019 06:52PM
Common whitethroat with at least three fledged young in the hedge near the Wildfowl's Pool.
The Mute Swans on Freeman's Pool still have their five cygnets.
Re: Aldcliffe
June 11, 2019 08:54AM
I've been checking the scrape pool on Folly Lane just N of the Barley Cop Lane railway bridge. No sign of LRP at all this year but this may be because it is dominated by a pair of coot with 5 chicks. They are about 3 weeks old now and circle the whole pool. On the margins are a single moorhen and a mallard with just two well grown young.

On a plus note my machine shed is occupied with swallows again but I'd agree, apart from this group they are not thick on the ground. I had a party of longtailed tit through this week as well, perhaps 25+ birds.

I've been wondering if the 'false Spring' we had in February before a stormy March has had an affect on insect populations this year. Quite a few of the bees I'd normally see in April and May are only now appearing in decent numbers (red tailed, white tailed, solitary miner etc)
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