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Foulshaw Moss. (Can't find any thread/posting for this site)

Female Osprey just about visible on the nest. The male had been in earlier with a fish so was unsurprisingly conspicuous by his absence. biggrin

2 pair of Tree Pipit with both males in song flight the other highlight of this interesting little reserve.

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Friday, 30th October 2015. Other wildlife in Cumbria:

Red Admiral on wall close to Derwent Water

Red Squirrel just past to north of Great Wood/Walla Crag

 



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Friday, 30th October 2015. 09:30 - 15:00 hrs.

Castlerigg Stone Circle - Derwent Water - Great Wood (below Walla Crag) - back to Castlerigg Stone Circle Wet in morning;

Female Bullfinch x 2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Female Goosander                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Goldcrest                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Treecreeper                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Nuthatch x 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Meadow Pipit x 15                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Coal Tit x 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Redwing x 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Fieldfare x 30                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Jay x 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Kestrel                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Buzzard x 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Greylag Geese x 30                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Canada Geese x 20                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Robin x 10                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Great Tit x 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Blue Tit x 7                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Chaffinch x 8                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Rook x 20                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Carrion Crow x 10                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Jackdaw x 15                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Cormorant x 7                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Magpie x 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Blackbirds x 15                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Mallards x 50                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Mute Swan x 2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Black-Headed Gull x 40                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Wren x 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Grey Heron                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Mistle Thrush x 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Woodpigeon x 50



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Thursday, 29th October 2015  11:00 - 14:30 hrs. Sorry for spacing - not sure why it is occurring and how to fix...

Walk from Keswick to Latrigg summit (and return)     

Female Blackcap

Yellowhammer

Goosander

Dipper

Raven

Carrion Crow x 20

Rook x 5

Jackdaw x 3

Chaffinch x 5

Robin x 4

Buzzard

Grey Heron

Kestrel

Magpie x 5

Blackbird x 10

House Sparrow x 7

Blue Tit x 4

Great Tit x 3

Jay

Wren

Goldfinch x 7

Mistle Thrush

 

 



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1 x Bufflehead (m)
Stopped off at Ullswater on way back from Scotland to see the reported Bufflehead.
Bird showing well in Gowbarrow Bay. Escapee or not it was great to see this bird actively feeding in such a fantastic setting (photos seem to reveal a yellow leg ring).
Directions - Coming from the North from the M6 it is visible from the A592. Go south past the Leeming Hotel until the road runs alongside the Lake. Scan that bay (Gowbarrow Bay) - it was feeding on the right hand side of the bay c. 30 yards offshore. Parking is really tricky. Some birders were parked up on the grass verge on the road heading northbound - but very close to fast moving traffic. There is parking further on but you would need to walk back along the road.
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Oldham Birders trip - usual crew.

Brampton:
Never more than 2 Bee-eaters in the vicinity of the nest while we were there. Plenty of good views of two birds perched and many feeding visits. Also joined in with
Sand Martins (uncounted)
House Martins (uncounted)
& Swallows (uncounted) mobbing
Sparrowhawk (1F)

Common Buzzard 5 (minimum number in view at the same time)
Goldfinch
Linnet
Carrion Crow
Wood Pigeon
Red-legged Partridge 1 in grass directly above nest site
Lapwing distant flock
Jackdaw (heard)
Pheasant (heard)


Foulshaw Moss
The female Osprey has now headed south, but good (if distant) views of the male & 3 juveniles, including 1 bird bringing in a fish and struggling to land with it on the nest due to prevailing winds.
Chiffchaff - contact calls & very brief snatches of song - 1 bird seen in mixed flock with
Blue Tit 1+
Long-tailed Tit 3+
also
Willow Warbler -contact calls
Chaffinch 2+
Siskin 6
Kestrel 1

Other wildlife on relevant thread

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Brampton. 08.30 - 12.30 hrs.

Nice to see you as well Steve.

Plenty of activity off 3 adult Bee-eaters from around 09.00 hrs.

The wardens said that the other nest had been abandoned for reasons unknown.


Foulshaw Moss. 13.30 - 15.00 hrs.

2 adult Ospreys plus their 3 juveniles still present.


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Hanson aggregates, Brampton 12.45-3.30pm.

5 minutes after my arrival 1 bee-eater showed continuously throughout the afternoon flying around catching bees & dragonflies landing on the fence post & wires & going into the hole. it went missing at times for 15-20mins. a fantastic bird to watch & a lifer smile
on a few occasions there was 2 bee-eaters present & also nice to hear them calling to each other.
2 red legged partridge
numerous sand martin, few swallow & swift.

on route from & back to Brampton train station...

1 female redstart
1 male yellowhammer
4 chiffchaff
1 great spotted woodpecker
lots of buzzards around inc 14 up in the air at once
several linnets
sand martin, house martin, swallow & swift.

nice to chat to roger baker 3 again smile

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With Mrs J doing the 24 mile Alzheimer's sponsored walk today along part of the Hadrian's Wall course, I did a spot of birding in the vacinity.

Hanson Aggregates Site :- one Bee-eater heard calling and seen just before I got to the watch point. Several sightings of at least two adult birds in the two hours that I was present. Visits to the nest hole with bees/dragonflies, great flight views and at times nice views perched on the fence behind the nest site. The weather was fairly clear and sunny so the superb colours stood out. Nice to see Ian Lyth again with his mate Roger Baker 3 and Dave Bedford who will be a near neighbour of mine shortly when we move to Cheshire. A decent array of supporting birds about also, amongst which were :-

Bee-eater (2)
Buzzard (2)
Red legged Partridge (1)
Great spotted Woodpecker (2)
Sand Martin (c.25)
Chiffchaff (1)
Spotted Flycatcher (1)
Nuthatch
Linnet
Crossbill (2)

Then spent some time in the Upper River Irthing area alongside Spadeadam Forest. Part of the Northumberland National Park and at the bottom end of the Kielder Forest Park. Basically birding from the car, stopping at points that looked interesting. Amongst others here :-

Sparrowhawk (1)
Lapwing (c.200)
Redstart (1)
Wheatear (1)
Raven (1)
Siskin (c.10)


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The bee eaters were fantastic while I was at Lower Gelt, Brampton (between 1:00-3:15). One adult male kept making regular visits, appearing roughly once every 20 minutes. The best part, though, came only 5 minutes before I left; 2 of the birds were flying around the top of the quarry, when one of them flew into the best, only for the other birds to shoot out of the hole. Therefore, I am pretty sure we saw 3 birds today.

What fantastic birds though; bee eater was a species I've wanted to see since I started birding, and they looked even more dazzling and beautiful than I expected. Great twitch, great birds, and lots of great people. š

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Hanson Aggregates, Brampton 2 - 4.30pm

Travelled up by train & bus for the Bee-Eaters and they didn't disappoint. After a 20 minute wait, the first bird appeared over the edge of the quarry and flew a circuit, before landing on a fencepost. It then disappeared into the nesthole and was replaced by (presumably) the other parent bird.

This routine repeated at regular 20 minute intervals, with the birds giving brilliant but distant views in flight, perched and at the mouth of the nest.

We decided to spend a few minutes, checking around the carpark and were rewarded with closer views, in much better light. Even in driving rain, the colours on Bee-eaters are spectacular and in flight they had a very distinctive sharp-winged silhouette. Great birds and a lifer! smile

Also nice to meet Austin Morley, who got some really good photos

Species also seen-
Sand Martin
Swallow
Swift
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Linnet
Goldfinch
Stock Dove
Buzzard
Willow Warbler



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Drive up with Simon Gough this afternoon to see the European Bee-Eaters at Hanson Aggregates, Brampton.

The main viewpoint is a few minutes walk from the car park field, and we were on a Bee-eater within minutes.
A Lifer for me and a weight off my shoulders after missing out on the Cornwall birds in June.

It very briefly landed on a fence post then took off again, flew round a little then landed on a small branch sticking out of the tree outline so was still on view. Then it flew back towards the nest and disappeared. We then witnessed 2 Bee-eaters in view together, one flew over the fence line and the other flew into the nest.

A 3rd sighting came after a long wait but Made for quality viewing, although we don't know if it was a 3rd bird or one of the 1st 2, who knows, there are 6 to choose from. It posed on the fence post, did a little preening, then we witnessed a few insect catches, which it took back to a fence post and gave it the classic head shake probably to disarm the sting, then another quick head toss had the insect swallowed.

BRILLIANT!

If this wasn't enough, as the Bee-eater was perched on a post, 4 Mistle Thrushes landed on a post each around the Bee-Eater, and right underneath them were 5 Red-legged Partridge.

Other birds of note...
Sand Martin - approx 120-150??
Common Swift - a few about
Wheatear - 2
Linnet - plenty
Goldfinch - large group including many juveniles
Blackbird - 2
Common Buzzard - 3
Raven - at least 1, maybe 2
Carrion Crow - lots
Pheasant - 1
Jay - not seen, heard squawking loudly in vegetation

As we decided to head off, a lady told us the Bee-eater (same one we were watching) was showing better from the car park as the light was better behind it. I got a quick glimpse of it but it dropped down below the quarry line and didn't show again for us.

Met some really nice folk here today, with some interesting anecdotes and info.

Large numbers of Rook and Jackdaw on way home over the Cumbrian M6 and a low flying Swift in front of the car. A long drive nearing 300 miles was well worth it!




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Mark Burgess wrote:

Trip over to Cumbria today to see the European Bee-eaters, Unfortunatly only one bird on view in the quarry,
Obligingly perched on the perimeter fence for long periods and occasionally taking insects into the nest hole, Apparently there are two pairs nesting in the quarry but up to 6 birds have been seen.

John Tymon Wrote


This afternoon they were vary allusive with only short flights into the nest and only perched on the fence once for about a minute So Mornings may be the best time to go for the Bee eaters. In fact they went missing around dinner time for almost 2 hours. :(



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Trip over to Cumbria today to see the European Bee-eaters, Unfortunatly only one bird on view in the quarry,
Obligingly perched on the perimeter fence for long periods and occasionally taking insects into the nest hole, Apparently there are two pairs nesting in the quarry but up to 6 birds have been seen.

On the way back dropped into Bassenthwaite to see the Ospreys 4 birds present 2 adults and 2 juviniles although
One of the juviniles was gaining its independance and was away from the nest site exploring the surrounding area.

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Went up North this afternoon to have a look at the European Bee-eaters at the Hanson Aggregates Sand Quarry, Lower Gelt near Brampton, Carlisle (post code CA8 1SY). Was there for a couple of hours at the RSPB watch point looking at one of the two nest holes and seeing the pair of birds occupying that hole. The other nest site is not accessible to the public. During my stay had excellent views of both birds which were taking insects into the nest presumably feeding young. Lovely looking birds and a lifetime first for me.

The site will be open at 08.00 to 20.00 from now on and the car park fee of £5.00 was well worth the effort put in by the RSPB folk up there.

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Rob Creek and I dropped into to Foulshaw Moss on Sunday 24th at around 6pm, returning from Walney Island. It was an interesting place, appearing somewhat desolate, and possibly could be frustrating to visit if birds were very distant, as there appeared to be no way to get around even the perimeter. However it's there for the wildlife primarily, not us!

We saw one Osprey, presumably the male of the pair, acting as sentinel next to the nest. Of note also a Raven pair, also nesting there apparently, and I saw a Peregrine high over. Hobby and Cuckoo had been reported earlier in the day, the only singing birds we heard were Willow Warbler, no Tree Pipits evident, would have been a nice yeartick for me.

I wondered what would have stirred the Osprey to action, a couple of Buzzards were quite close at one point, the big guy didn't look bothered though...

I liked it, nice and atmospheric, and Ospreys are wonderful after all



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Foulshaw Moss

Quick visit early afternoon to see the Ospreys. One bird on the nest whilst the other was more active, flying to the nest and the lower branches of the nest site tree or just perching nearby. Two Buzzard soaring high up and a couple of Tree Pipit parachuting/singing away to the right of the viewing platform.

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Out on a boat on Windermere and surprised to see a pair of Whooper Swans flying around and across the lake a few times. I recall there was a solo bird presumed injured a few years ago but hadn't expected to see a mobile pair of birds. Otherwise a real spring feel to the mix of birds seen elsewhere and my second ever Cumbrian red squirrel was a bonus.

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Roa Island Causeway

8th March

1 Black Brant
c100 Brent Geese
5 Grey Plover

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Right by the side of the B5302 between Kingside Hill & Calvo, in a field with fresh stubble.

200 Whooper Swans
2000+ Pink-Footed Geese




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Over Esthwaite Water, today at 9am:

Two massive skeins, close together, of Pink-footed Geese heading NE.
2000+ birds.

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Brief highlights of visit with work Wed 17-Fri 19 July:
Troutbeck Village: Garden Warbler, Tawny Owl, Common Buzzard, 3 Roe Deer
Lake Windermere: 19 Red Breasted Merganser in 2 seperate flocks, 2 Oystercatcher
Grizedale Forest: 4 Crossbill, 10 Lesser Redpoll, Great Spotted Woodpecker

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Good numbers of Sand Martin around nesting site

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Meditteranean Gull showed very well early morning at Workington yesterday - especially after I'd tempted the gulls in with a loaf of Morrison's best! Interesting stage of development with red/black/yellow bill and the black hood not totally developed - its fairly obvious individual as it has a damaged leg - and so I think its the third year running I've seen the same bird - seems to be doing OK despite the leg. I think it's known as "stumpy" locally... photos to Ian when I've sorted them.

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Hi Nick

It sounds like you had a brilliant time.......and I bet that you wish you lived locally to Grune Point,it's places like this,that will definitely turn up some great birds if you spend enough time there.


Cheers Denzil

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Got back yesterday from a fortnights family holiday at the in-laws caravan at Beckfoot near Silloth. Managed to get a fair bit of birding done too. Highlights were:

Buttermere:
9 Twite
1 Redstart - female.
3 Spotted Flycatchers
1 Peregrine

Wastwater:
5 Spotted Flycatchers - 1 Adult, 4 juveniles.
1 Redstart - juvenile male.

Bassenthwaite:
Osprey seen from lower viewpoint.
On another occasion whilst at Trotters World of Animals we were enjoying a bird of prey show. An Osprey drifted right over us and instantly stole the thunder of the Buzzard that was being flown for us.

Beckfoot:
1 Marsh Harrier - female hounded by crows over the fields.
1 Little Gull - in gull roost on beach.

My main birding place up there though was Grune point where I managed to put quite a few morning sessions in. Grune point has a good history of throwing up rarities but is unfortunately not birded very much these days. It's roughly a mile long and extends up from Skinburness north into Moricambe bay. Skinburness marsh is on its eastern side while the Solway Firth is on the western side. The eastern side is good for scanning for waders and raptors while the centre is covered with huge swathes of gorse and sheep meadows. Great for tired migrants.

Most mornings I picked up a few passing migrants. Mostly Willow warblers, Wheatears and good numbers of Snipe. A few Tree Pipits passed through as well as Peregrines hunting over the marsh. Redshank, Dunlin, Knot and Oystercatcher where also plentiful in the creeks too as well as on the seaward side. Quite a few birds called from deep within the gorse and on one morning I heard a bird that really had me scratching my head. A call consisting of a peep, peep, buzz. I'm fairly good with all the commoner species of bird calls but this one really had me stumped.

On another outing in light rain I also had views of a warbler for about ten seconds as it flit about a hawthorn bush. Quite a streamlined bird, slightly larger than a Chiffchaff but it's most noticeable feature was just how yellow it was. Even in the poor light it was clear to see. Again, completely stumped as to it's ID.

Grune point is a difficult place to bird effectively but it's solitude and good cover and habitat always give you feeling there's something good around. I'll definitely be visiting again in the future.

Anyway, managed quite a few nice shots which I'll upload to my flickr tomorrow.




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Foulshaw Moss

Two Hobbies this morning over the moss. A juvenile Peregrine managed to isolate a pigeon from a group of racers and started to tail-chase it. Give the falcon it's due, it was gaining on it when dad appeared from nowhere and plucked the pigeon out of the sky. It held onto it for little more than a couple of seconds before dropping it for it's offspring to catch.

An Osprey was seen by another group of birders just after we left apparently.

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A couple of hours in Barbondale produced:

4 pairs of Redstart, with one pair feeding 3 juveniles
Pied Flycatcher, 2m&1f
Spotted Flycatcher
Tree Pipit x6
GS Woodpecker 1m&1f
Nuthatch
Lesser Redpoll 1m&1f
Willow Warbler, lots & juveniles
Wheatear 1m&1f

and finally, heard, but not seen, a Cuckoo

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Late posting but still relevant i hope - had a week in the lakes from the 19th May. A few highlights maybe.
White Moss Common between Grasmere and Rydal lakes I had a walk in the wood there and within no more than 100 yards from the bridge toward he fells i had Pied Flycatcher, redstart, Wood Warbler and Spotted Flycatcher. All great views. This was mid morning as well. I would recommend this as a great little walk round there as there is a great chance for dipper and grey wags on the river as well. Loads of tree Pipits around. walked round Rydal as well had more of the aforementioned species but lots of Blackcap and garden warbler also.
Saw the Ospreys at Bassenthwaite - you can get a reasonable view from the first watchpoint and i saw the female flying over the marsh and attempting a fish and a paddle. Didnt need the trek to the higher watch point
St Bees Head was a disappointment though as it was shrouded in sea mist but i did get the nesting Guillemots, Razorbills, Fulmar, Kittwakes. Rock Pipits very close too as well. No puffins or black guillemots as i couldnt see the sea!!
Heard a few cuckoo, almost one a day where ever i went although they were distant from me.
Brilliant weather.


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Day trip by train yesterday to climb Whin Rigg and Illgill Head, overlooking Wastwater. Seen from the train between Arnside and Barrow:

Avocet
Little Egret
80 Eider Duck

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A walk up Walla Crag through 'Great Wood' on the East coast of Derwent water today produced a few decent sightings. Although the area is apparently known for Pied Flycatcher, a rigourous search of the wood didn't yield any of the birds unfortunately
However there were still plenty of birds to be seen in the wood:

2, possibly 3 Spotted Flycatcher
A single female redstart
Singing tree pipit (lifer) giving stunning views of its song flight down to 10 yards
4 or 5 Garden Warbler including 3 singing birds
c.10 siskin
2 linnet
Buzzard

Blackcap and Willow Warbler were everywhere with at least 25 of the latter

The Tops produced:

3 Wheatear
Meadow Pipit
2 singing Skylark
Peregrine
Swallow and House Martin
Raven heard



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Stopped off at the fishing lodge on the West bank of Esthwaite for a few minutes to see if there were any Osprey to be seen and within a minute a male Mandarin Duck appeared not 10 feet away!A first in the wild for me.

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Weekend spent around Keswick and Derwent Water

3 pairs Red-Breasted Merganser on Derwent Water
1 pair Goosander
Buzzard
Kestrel
Several Chiffchaffs
Willow Warbler
2 Ravens (near the top of Cat Bells)
Several Skylarks in the same area

Glorious weather for most of the weekend, but still a bit too cold to go for a swim

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Family camping at Low Wray near Ambleside and good birding at various spots around the lake itself and surrounding area, highlights included:

Red Breasted Merganser pair [quite surprised to see them on Windermere]
Kingfisher
Day hunting Tawny Owl [two owls out in different locations I guess the hunting in the day was due to demands from young birds]
Wood Warbler [heard only wont post where exactly]
Goosander on the river in Ambleside
Goldcrests - seemed like every gorse bush held them

and the usual woodland birds. Also lots of bats which I think were Pippistrelle around Oak trees and Daubentons over the water

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Visited Barbondale yesterday as part of a grand day out.

Highlights included
great view of Tawny Owl sitting in full view
male and female Pied Flycatcher
2 or 3 Redstarts
Grey wagtail
2 x Nuthatch
Treecreeper
Heron wading up the stream
Willow Warbler & Chiffchaff
lots of resident birds carrying food

No signs of Whinchat or Cuckoo as yet

Lovely area and definitely will be back for another visit on what will hopefully be a warmer day.

Also went to see the Osprey's at Bassenthwaite and had the added bonus of 5 Crossbill near the upper view point

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Visited Geltsdale this morning at dawn. To be honest the surrounding farmland and moors were more productive than the reserve itself, which was comparatively quiet. We managed a few black grouse, redshank and lapwing on the flood meadow, and black swan, goldeneye, etc on the tarn.

In comparison however we had many more black grouse, two pairs of ring ousel, wheatear, red grouse, common snipe, etc. within half a mile of the reserve.

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Surprised and delighted to see a Barn Owl fly across a road near Moor Row, Whitehaven at around 4.15pm today. A quick park up in a gateway and then watched it hunting for about ten minutes - cheered me up no end!

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Trip over Corney Fell this morning and return this afternoon saw a flock of around 60 Fieldfare which looked resplendent in the morning sun and were still there in the afternoon - feeding up on the wild juniper berries. Also four Raven, a single Stonechat which was a surprise, three buzzards, a jay, lots of mixed finch flocks and a very pale Kestrel which had me going for a bit!

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Back from a couple of weeks up at Esthwaite. Unfortunately no birding done, but highlights included:

Osprey seen hunting daily at Esthwaite with 2, probably 3 individuals seen at once
A flock of c.250 swallows whirling around me on the lake itself one evening, some passing no more than 10 feet away.
2 bullfinch and a treecreeper also by the the lake
A flock of c.300 siskin at Tarn Hows


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A couple of days in the lakes, not really birding but some of the species seen included:

Half way up the North/East side of Buttermere:

female redstart
2 treecreeper - included what looked like a juvenile
4 buzzards together
2 family parties of nuthatch
family party of spotted flycatchers
7 goosander
2 pied wagtails including a youngster

Muncaster Castle:

Spotted flycatcher
4 raven

Stockley farm (near Seathwaite)

a family of at least 7 willow warblers - including the brightest individual I have ever seen.
female restart
siskin
grey wagtail
2 pied wagtails including a youngster
Ravens and wheatear higher up the slopes

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A few days in the Lakes with work last Sun-Tue.
High Lights:
Grizedale Forest-10 Crossbills, Pied Flycatcher and young, Nuthatch, Green and GS Woddpeckers.
Lake Windermere- 2 Oystercatchers, 9 Red Breasted Mergansers(7 young)
Above Troutbeck village- 2 Spotted Flycatchhers, 2 Redstarts, nesting Buzzards

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Barbondale this morning

2 Cuckoos (both males)
8 Redstarts (6 males, female and juvenile)
2 Pied Flycatchers (male and female)
3 Whinchats (2 males and female)
4 Ravens over
2 Crows (presumably juveniles) entertained by trying to catch Meadow Pipits in flight!
4 Buzzards
3, poss 4 Kestrels
Green Woodpecker
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Tree Pipit
10 Wheatears
2 Blackbirds (both males)
Mistle Thrush
2 Reed Buntings
2 Garden Warblers (males)
Grey Wagtail
6 Pied Wagtails (pair plus 4 juveniles)
16+ Willow Warblers (inc adult feeding 2 juveniles)
4 Swifts
8 Swallows
11 House Martins


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Brief stop to look for Ospreys on the southwest side of Bassenthwaite this evening - no sign of ospreys but there was a cuckoo calling from the hillside with the white stone.

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Barbondale this a.m., highlites were Redstarts, Tree Pipits and a Pied Flycatcher.
Cheers Ian

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Dalton Crags this am with Iain Johnson Great Grey Shrike showed well near trig point

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27 02 2011
Geltsdale RSPB, Tindale Tarn
2 male and one female Smew smile.gif
19 Red Grouse (no Black seen, although apparently around)
11 Brambling
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Was in Cumbria yesterday completing a walkover survey just north of Sellafield for about 6 hours. The bird assemblage in the area has changed a little since last months snowfall and heavy frosts with not a single Twite to be found, Tree Sparrow numbers down (or at least I couldn't locate as many) and I didn't see a single Yellowhammer. Still I had a lovely day and saw the following:

Mute Swan 4
Mallard 100+
Teal 2
Wigeon 40
Goosander 12
Buzzard 3
Kestrel 1
Sparrowhawk 1
Merlin 1 (lovely female chasing meadow pipits and displacing Woodcock low over a field, then perched on a pine for about 10 minutes)
Curlew 50+
Oystercatcher 2
Snipe 1
Woodcock 3
Redshank 3
Raven 1
Meadow Pipit 8+
Fieldfare 30+
Redwing 20+
Linnet 450+
Waxwing 1 ( a lone bird seen on a berry bush on the roadside on way up!?)
Reed Bunting 20+
Tree Sparrow 30+

Also had over 1500+ Pink-footed Geese in multiple skeems flying north in line with the M6 around the Carnforth Junction.

Also drove back via Cartmel and bought a couple of the famous Sticky Toffee puddings for over Christmas time, you can't beat it clap.gifeyepopping.gif

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I was up in Cumbria again this week, completing an inter-tidal survey between dawn and early afternoon. A very snowy start delayed observations, while I propped under and umbrella sat on a piece of drift wood on the beach trying to shelter from the worst of it disbelief.gif. Lots of activity on shore and overhead again, as the snowy weather in Scotland must be pushing birds from their usual haunts. Within the fields to and from the beach and on the ebach I saw the following birds of note:

Little Grebe
Mute Swan 9
Mallard 100+
Teal 4
Wigeon 120+
Goosander 14
Red-breasted Merganser 1
Buzzard 4
Kestrel 1
Sparrowhawk 1
Merlin 1
Peregrine 1
Curlew 120+
Oystercatcher 350+
Snipe 6
Woodcock 4
Redshank 20+
Grey Plover 6
Dunlin 7
Turnstone 40+
Purple Sandpiper 1 wink.gif
Dipper 1
Meadow Pipit 15+
Skylark 2,500 to 3,000+ (mainly flying low over the beach area from north to south, but flocks 50-100 strong stopping to feed on the beach at times, no sign of Laplands or Shorelarks with them though)
Fieldfare 100+ (all moving north to south overhead)
Linnet 14
Stonechat 3
Bullfinch 2

Very cold, but lovely days birding with raptors galore and the Purple Sandpiper on the beach (not more than 10m away from me) was a real delight biggrin.gif.

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I braved the frost and chilly light winds of Cumbria to do a walkover survey today for 6 hours or so over the open fields, stubble and bushland. Lovely and crisp under foot though and perfect light when behind you of course!? Glad I got up there today though as snow could be on the way biggrin.gif

Mute Swan 6
Pink-footed Goose (70 and 110 S to N)
Mallard 60+
Teal 2
Buzzard 5
Kestrel 2
Sparrowhawk 3 (one lovely blue male with red streaked chest on a post before it bombed the local gorse bushes smile.gif)
Peregrine 1
Curlew 30+
Snipe 6
Redshank 3
Lapwing 400
Meadow Pipit 3
Skylark 50+
Linnet 10
Twite (2 flocks of 60 and 70)
Tree Sparrow (3 flocks of 30, 35+ and 20+)
Stonechat 5
Yellowhammer 10+
Reed Bunting 15+
Chaffinch 200+
Fieldfare 100+
Redwing 20+
Snow Bunting (1 heard calling overhead N to S)

Time playing back bird calls in the evenings has already paid off with Snow Bunting overhead!?

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I was up in Cumbria again this week, prior to popping in to see the Pied-builled Grebe on way home on Wednesday. I completed some inter-tidal surveys from low to high tide near Sellafield. Another cracking day in the sunshine with snow capped mountains behind me, a lovely quiet beach and spectacular views of the Isale of Man smile.gif. Over the course of the tide I had the following:

Red-throated Diver 2 (north to south offshore)
Mute Swan 2
Mallard 45+
Wigeon 5
Goosander 7
Red-breasted Merganser 3
Great Crested Grebe 1
Buzzard 2
Kestrel 1
Sparrowhawk 1
Curlew 70+
Oystercatcher 500+
Snipe 1
Sanderling 55+
Redshank 30+
Grey Plover 4
Guillemot 6
Razorbill 1
Barn Owl 1 (dead off the track I was on, looked like a peregrine kill)
Dipper 1
Meadow Pipit 30+
Skylark 10+
Linnet 20+
Twite 6 (overhead north to south)
Stonechat 5

Still lots of birds flying over north to south, including Reed Bunting, Skylarks, Twite and some unidentified bird calls. Back to the computer and CDs for me this winter during the dark nights, as I need to get more sharp on calls, as must have missed a few birds this year!? no.gif

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