Author: Jon Carter

Tasty Duck as Spring Rolls On

Regular visitors birding in the Aldcliffe area may have noticed that the maize fields have yet to be ploughed and seeded, so fingers crossed the lapwings might just get some chicks hatched again this year. That said, I haven’t seen many pairs in there …

Scattering of Spring Migrants

A few highlights from a morning trawl today included: House Martin – my first of the year with with a few sand martins at Freeman’s PoolsSand martin – several passing through plus birds feeding at Freeman’s pools. Wheatear&nbsp…

Annual Aldcliffe goose fest

As to be expected in later winter / early spring, Aldcliffe saw an arrival of good numbers of pink-footed geese in mid-February. Peaking at around 3,000 birds (relatively low by some years standards) the flock included one or two other species of note….

Save Freeman’s Wood

For decades, the area of mixed woodland and scrub (known locally as Freeman’s Wood) to the south west of the Lune Industrial Estate off Willow Lane, Lancaster has been a well-used and popular space for local residents.Children have built dens, dog walk…

The Promise of Autumn

Well, that was a long time between posts wasn’t it folks?I have to say, despite my not posting anything on here since the beginning of April there’s hardly been an outcry from my loyal readers… one or two mentions here and there just about covers it….

Is it spring yet?

Welcome to the most uninspiring spring of all time. Which is quite fitting I suppose, given that this winter was possibly the dullest I can remember as far as birding around Aldcliffe is concerned.The lack of posts here has been solely down to a lack o…

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Slow Start to New Year

I’ve never been very good at making New Year’s resolutions. And it turns out, I’m not that good at keeping them. My intention was to ensure more regular updates on the Birding Aldcliffe blog during 2018  but I haven’t exactly got off to a good sta…

Floods, Ice and Wildfowl

Wishing all readers of this blog a very merry Christmas and a bird-filled New Year.Sunset over the flooded Wildfowlers’ PoolsMy own resolution for 2018 will be to try and post on here a bit more often than I have of late… to summarise the past few we…

Wading In

Great to see a green sandpiper back on the patch this morning. I was beginning to think that we wouldn’t have one in the Aldcliffe area this winter. I suspect that it will remain elusive in the coming weeks but we’ll wait and see. Today it was on The F…

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Whooper Trouper

Had a couple of hours mooching around the patch yesterday (Saturday) morning.Things were looking slightly livelier at Freeman’s Pools with some more goldeneye new in (now 8 birds present) along with 22 coot, 4 tufted duck, 3 little grebe and 19 gadwall…

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