First Grey Wagtails of the autumn join the colour ringing scheme

Heavy overnight rain, but only the occasional light shower during the day. Variable light wind, mainly from west, overcast, but still very warm.Middleton Nature Reserve Report from Alan:I thought I could be dodging showers this morning but none ar…

Sunday Monday

Sunday morning. Even in the half-light the garden trees and bushes stood motionless against the clear sky. I grabbed a piece of toast, stuffed some fruit into a bag and set off to have a few hours out Pilling Way. There were 50 or 60 Swallows around w…

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Good ringing with some interesting movement

East to NE light wind, but again occasionally swirling around to NNW towards the harbour entrance. Hot sunshine.First, Pete Crooks has received the history for one of the colour ringed Oystercatcher he read on Thursday:A prompt reply from the Devon &am…

Little Success…Big Disappointments.

In a week with perfect weather, I was off to check out Birk Bank bog and surroundings. But, bearing in mind the successes of recent sorties here and there, five hours later I came away from the area with little success and big disap…

Ticking Over

It’s been fit for ringing all week in terms of wind strength, but as I mentioned in my last but one Blog post, I decided not to bother as it has been too clear and too hot. Looking at other posts by fellow ringers, I feel happy that I made the right de…

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Foiled again!

The forecast was for east light winds all day, and indeed for much of the region that was the case, but by afternoon along the south shore it was NNW! The hot constant sunshine continues.Report from Pete:Drake common scoter 12cy Shag 1Eider 61 in …

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A rat tail’s tale

The forecast was for some east winds today, but if there was any it was from west by mid morning and NW by mid afternoon. Very hot in the constant sun again.South shore (MD)A check along the wall mid morning, just in time for the wind to shift to west …

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Six Of The Best

The early starts aren’t too much of a problem when there’s a break with a day off to relax. Thursday became something of a lie in, sitting in the afternoon sun and then afterwards cutting the grass while recharging my solar panels in readiness for Frid…

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Slight Return

I hope you all got the Jimi Hendrix reference in my Blog title, and Gail and I could have done with a bit of voodoo, when we made a slight return to Bowland this morning. I say ‘slight return’ because it wasn’t quite as good for insects as when GT and …

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WATER SAVING TIPS TO BEAT THE HEAT

Water saving doesn’t have to mean dodging the shower, smelly socks, and wilting plants. There are lots of super easy ways we can cut down on water consumption around the house. Every drop saved means a little less stress on our water supplies. Plus, it…