Friday, 31 August 2012

Seasons Clash

The seasons clashed down on the patch this morning. The Lune estuary whooper swan was below the pylons basking in the warmth of the morning sun. Do they normally migrate in family parties? If so, I wonder what happened to the poor thing for it decide to head south so soon? There were plenty of birds present still with a significant proportion of their migration trip ahead of them. 20 chiffchaffs were round the sewerage works with a couple of willow warblers and a blackcap. 30 swallows, 6 house martin and 8 linnets were also present.


Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Still Dull.....

With all the rotten weather of late it was great to see the sun this morning and I headed down the old parish with high hopes. However, it turned out to be fairly quiet all in all. Freeman’s Pool did have up to 8 Little Grebe, also a few Grey Heron on the island. The track was also quiet, while above me were plenty of Swallow and House Martin which didn’t seem to be going far. On the marsh a couple of Little Egrets were feeding, the Canada Geese numbers are now almost 200 and Greylag on the increase. Plenty of Black-headed gulls around numbering 1200 at least. In the trees by sewage works the Chiffchaffs are still out in force along with Long-tailed tits. On a fence post a Buzzard snoozed and a pair of ravens hung around the pylons.
The news re Freeman’s Wood looks positive at the moment see opposite.
Mile Long lane hit the headlines, Lancaster Guardian reporting the track being used as a rat run by various cars, hardly news it’s been going on for years! Explains the quashed hedgehog and frogs!


Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Warbler fest - Tuesday

You know that you have to get out bush bashing when you look out of your bedroom window in Hala and see two willow warblers in your garden, one of which is hopping around on the lawn like a robin taking insects.
Approx. 30 chiffchaff, 6 willow warblers and a lesser whitethroat were between Stodday and the flood on Tuesday morning. The only bird of note on the marsh was a little egret.


Sunday, 12 August 2012


It is pretty normal to get a couple of warblers with tit flocks during August. The tables were turned today with a couple of tits joining a warbler flock at Stodday. Approximately 20 chiffchaff, 4 willow warblers and a lesser whitethroat were moving through the bushes.


Tuesday, 7 August 2012

The Grey Escape

What appeared to be a bar headed goose was floating below the pylons at high tide. Have any gone missing from Grange duck pool recently?
Phyll warbler passage seems to be increasing with 10 chiffchaff heard or seen between Stodday and the estuary gates. Some of these were in bushes which are not usually favoured by the breeding local warblers.


Saturday, 4 August 2012

Green Action......

07.30 – 09.00
Freeman’s Pool pair of Little Grebes, also one on Dater Pool and the swans with 2 signets. The Flood was the highlight this morning with 4 Green Sandpiper. 42 Curlew were in the fields. A Buzzard near walled meadow and the hedges busy with finches, tits and warblers Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler. Raven present. Little Egret on marsh.