And then there were two.

The wind started from the south before moving to west by the afternoon. The morning rain eased to showers in the afternoon, with the occasional sunny spell.Heysham Nature Reserve Just a quick circuit mid afternoon Goldfinch c30Bullfinch 4Smal…

Where were All The Teal?

On Sunday morning I visited the feeding station to top the feeders up. Unfortunately, it was too breezy for a ringing session, so that will have to wait for another weekend. The feeders were duly topped up, and Robert and I stood and watched for a whil…

Nature Blog Diary (from 6th December 2021)

 CHECK BELOW THIS BLOG FOR THE FULL NATURE BLOG INDEX (SCROLL TO BOTTOM OF PAGE…)NATURE DIARYMonday 6th December 2021Today I returned to Dalton Crags to search out the Blue Roundhead (Stropharia caerulea) which for some unknown reason I forgot t…

The lull……after the storm

Cold NW wind drifted to north by the afternoon. Mainly overcast with some very light showers and occasional sunny spells.It seemed deathly quiet today, mainly because the wind wasn’t so thundering, but also the birds seemed subdued, possibly concentrat…

Little gull

 Very strong overnight winds, from the west in the morning but veering more WNW after lunch. Some very heavy rain, hail and sleet showers.The last time we had a gale I said that I thought of Pintail as the “masochistic duck”, today I walked along …

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Winter Skyscapes

Thursday afternoon found me at one of my arable northwest Lancs wintering bird survey sites, under two oktas cloud cover, with a biting 2 – 3 NNW wind. And boy was it cold! That’s the problem when you’re standing still for several hours at a VP! In fac…

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Gulls. A Review.

Along comes another field guide for review – Gulls of Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East: An Identification Guide from Princeton Press. This new volume devoted to gulls and gulls alone was due to go on widespread sale from 23 November in the UK…

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LICHEN PHOTOS FROM HUTTON ROOF (from 25th Nov 2021)

 CHECK OUT EVEN MORE NATURE BLOG LINKS BELOW (SCROLL DOWN)My LICHEN diary (from 25th Nov 2021)3rd December 2021 – Dalton Crags (lower)This is most likely to be: Cladonia pyxidataBut other possibilities are: C. pocillum, C. chlorophaea ag…

Jack Snipe show and go

West wind drifting to WNW later. Overcast all day with some light showers.Heliport sea wall – high waterThe Knot were roosting some distance from the viewing points, still, Howard managed to read one colour ringed bird.Not all the colour rings visible …