Category: Birding Aldcliffe

Return of the Goldeneye

The clear winner of the ‘Highlight of the Day’ category was the pair of goldeneyes on Freeman’s Pools this morning. Generally duck numbers seem to be rather low so far this autumn, not only at Aldcliffe but other places too. The cooler air from the nor…

Better Gate Than Never

Boy, where has the time gone? One minute it’s early September and I’m looking forward to lots of exciting autumn birding, then it’s suddenly mid-October and it feels like I’ve hardly been out!Well, that’s not strictly true – I have had a few visits to …

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Autumn

It certainly felt autumnal again this morning, not so much weather-wise but bird-wise.A few migrants hinted at the real onset of passage.Distant whinchat & wheatearTwo redstarts were the highlight, both dazzling males.The whinchat remains by the Wi…

Autumn Beckons

My last few rummages around around the local patch have certainly had a feeling of impending autumn about them.This morning, the undoubted highlight was a lovely whinchat with 3 wheatears by the Wildfowlers’ Pools. Oddly, I didn’t find any other obviou…

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Purple Patch

Well, it’s certainly been an interesting few days!On Friday, shortly before I was due to catch my train to Oakham for the Birdfair a juvenile purple heron was discovered in front of the Grisedale Hide at Leighton Moss. Now, given that the last purple h…

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Caught In A Shower

Aldcliffe little owlHad a very enjoyable three hours or so rummaging around the estuary and environs this morning.Freeman’s Pools was quiet with just a couple of coot, a moorhen, mute swan, a gadwall and 6 little grebes.A check of Darter Pool revealed …

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Little Grebe Collective

Grey partridgeManaged to squeeze in a quick blast around the patch after work this evening. It was drizzly but mild and calm enough.First port of call was Freeman’s Pools where I was greeted by the sight of an impressive 9 little grebes. Nice to see gr…

Field Good Factor

I had an extremely soggy trundle around the patch on Saturday morning, but it wasn’t without its rewards.Freeman’s Pools were relatively quiet; 3 tufted duck, a couple of little grebes and a few mallard, coot and Canada geese on the water. A reed warbl…

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Sunday Summary

A couple of hours spent blasting around the patch today, just as the tide started to drop was reasonably productive.Once the jet skiers by Snatchems had packed up and gone off to do whatever it is people like that do, the gulls and lapwings started to …

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