The Old Ones (AreThe Best)

There’s little chance of birding or ringing until next week as an Atlantic storm heads this way towards us for the weekend. Friday looked a possibility but Sue and I have to go for our flu jabs at precisely 1012 on Friday morning. Instead and for…

A Bumper Month for Meadow Pipits

 During this September the Group ringed 508 Meadow Pipits about the usual number of this common  dirunal migrant. What was outstanding was we had two controls. One caught on 21st September had been ringed  six days previously  at Wa…

Another Back To Back

Alice and I had another back to back ringing session at the pools at the Obs on Saturday and Sunday, and managed to ring another 75 birds over both days.Saturday dawned with full cloud cover, with a light north-easterly breeze. We got the nets up in th…

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More Moorland Ventures.

I had another venture to Bowland again this week, a very enjoyable venture, they always are.If I’m doing revisits of the five moorland locations of Caton Moor/Harrisend/Catlow/Hawthornthwaite/and Birk Bank, the 75 Bowland Stonechat record now…

That Friday Feeling

After Thursday morning’s monster movement of thrushes Another Bird Blog, I wondered if Friday might see similar, even though experience says that rarely does lightning strike twice. I arranged to meet Andy at Oakenclough at 0630 where the plantati…

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Latvian Love Song

I’ve had two mornings of ringing at the pools yesterday and today, and it all started with a, or I should I say the, ‘Latvian love song’! The Latvian love song that I refer to, is a recording of Redwing song and calls that has proved over recent years …

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Norse Invaders With Red Wings

The winds were forecast to be a tad too strong for any ringing this morning, so I headed to the coastal farm fields at first light. I walked along the sea wall under two oktas cloud cover with a 10-15 mph east-notheasterly wind. The tide was still…

Migration Action In Miniature

I wasn’t sure what time the rain was going to come in this morning, the forecast wasn’t clear. Depending on which forecast you looked at, it could be around dawn, or an hour or two after. Was there a chance that it would drop a few birds in, or was tha…