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...by the bypass railway bridge off Barley Cop Lane. It's quite a common sight to see a kestrel around here, they use the catenary posts as perches and hunt the bypass embankment. It's quite unusual to see one with an aerial coming out of its lower back. Is there a study going on here, or could this be a falconer's bird? They use radio devices these days don't they? I thought at first it was a br
...for the record and as Pete pointed out, this gull has been recorded every Autumn/Winter at Kirkby Lonsdale since 2014 and travels under the ring number EY26612 ...Not being up on ringing I assume that is the number on the British Museum (???) metal ring on the other leg which was obviously unreadable. The WWT emailed back very kindly this morning to confirm this.
Walk around Dalton Crags this morning. Redwing and fieldfare everywhere. Also a big group of goldfinch, perhaps 90, a single green woodpecker, and a feeding group of chaffinch including at least 3 brambling.
Stop off at Devil's Bridge, Kirkby Lonsdale for a cup of tea. Very confiding bh gull which I can't believe hasn't been logged already although I haven't done a thorough search through the
Monday, Tuesday and now Wednesday mornings at first light and up to 9am have seen movements of mostly Redwing heading firmly NE over Lancaster. Without actually standing observing I'd estimate several hundred birds each day in flights of 15 to 50.
Before dawn and after sunset we've had up to 7 blackbirds on our back lawn. These are presumably continental in origin and weren't there last week.
I had two nests for a second brood of swallows in the machine shed at Torrisholme cricket club. They both fledged within days of each other last week, at least 6 birds. The whole lot appear to have left the area sometime in the last couple of days. It's very quiet.
Of note are sightings of both buzzard and raven more regularly in the last 10 days.
If I'm a betting man this is all to do with the weather this season. May, June and July mirrored 2018 and were perfect weather months for breeding swifts. Any late or quasi-juvenile breeding attempts will have been hampered by what might prove to be a record wet and miserable August. The swift is capable of riding out these poor weather conditions but fledging will be delayed as a consequence. Th
Thurs eve 12 birds, Friday 4 birds, Sat am 6 birds, Sat pm 4 birds, Sun am 2 birds, Sun pm 2 birds. The last show was 6pm, well before sunset. It is unlikely there will be any Freehold show from now on although migrants may pass through.
11 swifts at 7.10 over Freehold in poor light, full cloud cover and persistant light rain on Weds 21st Aug. Just 2 both returning to roost at 8.35 in near darkness. Presumably there are two extant nests locally and others distant through the city.
Freehold counts of swifts in mostly mixed blustery showery weather on 6th then fine evenings on 7th and 8th August....
16 birds sunset (very late brief display at 8.45pm), 14 birds sunset, 14 birds 9am, 15 birds sunset, clouding over in advance of overnight rain.
Counts on the evenings of the 3rd, 4th and 5th August totalled 24, 26 and 14 respectively. The two storms of Sunday afternoon 4th will have caused some disruption. At least 3 known nest sites still being visited.
I don't know if it's relevant, I realise they're not terns, but as the moult starts and bh gulls start to roost overnight at Torrisholme Cricket Club, it is not uncommon to see obvious pairs displaying to each other well into August. We had a pair this week doing it.
The recent weather hasn't helped counting but I'm pretty sure several nests have fledged and departure is underway...in Freehold my evening counts have been affected by the rain and storms but are as follows... Weds 24th 61, Thur 25th 7 storm, Fri 26th 44, Sat 27th 14 wet, Sun 28th 29 wet, Mon 29th 32 . The deluge on Thursday teatime obviously dispersed a lot of local birds and some may yet retur
Something I wouldn't even have really noticed 10 years ago but now a welcome sight. A flock of about 15 greenfinch flew out of the hedge and in front of the car on the way from Halton to Torrisholme near Slyne AFC football ground. Hopefully they are on their way back.
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