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Forum: Birds & Birding Sunday 22nd March 2020, 16:29
Replies: 11
Views: 397
Posted By pratincol
So they've now changed their advice and closed...

So they've now changed their advice and closed the hides and sky tower; common sense prevails.
Forum: Birds & Birding Sunday 22nd March 2020, 15:13
Replies: 11
Views: 397
Posted By pratincol
That makes more sense. I haven't been to Leighton...

That makes more sense. I haven't been to Leighton Moss for many years but as I recall it's difficult to view the open areas unless you go in the hides; otherwise visitors are generally forced to walk...
Forum: Birds & Birding Sunday 22nd March 2020, 14:16
Replies: 11
Views: 397
Posted By pratincol
RSPB not closing hides at Leighton Moss.

Leighton Moss have closed the visitor centre and cafe but are allowing visitors to still use the hides and raised platform.
Don't forget: all the visitors will be touching the hide door handles, the...
Forum: Birds & Birding Monday 9th March 2020, 16:28
Replies: 14
Views: 536
Posted By pratincol
They've been around here for about five years in...

They've been around here for about five years in locations where they should attract ducks; along a drainage ditch and next to a lake. There's about ten in total.
Both places are undisturbed by...
Forum: Birds & Birding Sunday 8th March 2020, 11:17
Replies: 14
Views: 536
Posted By pratincol
Yes we've got several of them locally- erected by...

Yes we've got several of them locally- erected by local wildfowlers to boost Mallard numbers. I've yet to see any birds using them though! Mallards do well round here despite them.
Forum: Birds & Birding Monday 24th February 2020, 13:47
Replies: 7
Views: 424
Posted By pratincol
Keep us in touch with any appeals or further...

Keep us in touch with any appeals or further developments.
Just found this report I did from a visit a few years ago.. It includes the area which would have been affected by the golf...
Forum: Birds & Birding Saturday 22nd February 2020, 11:17
Replies: 7
Views: 424
Posted By pratincol
You must be thrilled! Hadn't been aware of this...

You must be thrilled! Hadn't been aware of this till I read the thread.
Remember covering this area on a visit to Dornoch many years ago and found the birdlife around Embo to Loch Fleet to be...
Forum: Birds & Birding Monday 17th February 2020, 15:59
Replies: 5
Views: 330
Posted By pratincol
Only ever saw it once; approaching a tree in...

Only ever saw it once; approaching a tree in Morocco it looked like some sort of fruit tree, perhaps full of lemons. All of a sudden, the 'fruit' flew off! In fact there were around 25 Yellow...
Forum: Information Wanted Wednesday 29th January 2020, 11:44
Replies: 4
Views: 300
Posted By pratincol
A short trip report from a visit a few years ago....

A short trip report from a visit a few years ago. Managed with binoculars.
Hope this helps.

Just returned from San Francisco and had great holiday combined with some bird watching.

Found a great...
Forum: Birds & Birding Saturday 18th January 2020, 14:14
Replies: 11
Views: 535
Posted By pratincol
550 for a week is a good price and about average...

550 for a week is a good price and about average for some cruises for a week.We're paying around 900 pp for a 13 day cruise round Spain, Portugal and the Med in April, which works out at 535 per...
Forum: Birds & Birding Thursday 16th January 2020, 14:04
Replies: 1
Views: 293
Posted By pratincol
This report may help. If you visit the area it's...

This report may help.
If you visit the area it's on the north west coast of Sardinia with plenty of accomodation in Alghero. The airport is nearby.
Corsica is a stunning island and worth a visit for...
Forum: Birds & Birding Tuesday 14th January 2020, 13:36
Replies: 11
Views: 537
Posted By pratincol
Remarkably good for birds and right in the town...

Remarkably good for birds and right in the town centre! Must be one of the best urban habitats for birds in the UK.
Once counted a 12 Dipper and 8 Grey Wagtail from the Natland area to Kendal town...
Forum: Lists Saturday 26th October 2019, 12:00
Replies: 27
Views: 2,176
Posted By pratincol
As you cross the Arnside viaduct and reach the...

As you cross the Arnside viaduct and reach the Grange side there's a stream running parallel with the railway on your right. it's often full of birds. A Green Sandpiper was here during for quite a...
Forum: Conservation Tuesday 22nd October 2019, 19:19
Replies: 8
Views: 806
Posted By pratincol
Sadly I read about a similar case in the...

Sadly I read about a similar case in the Dominican Republic. Haitian wood gatherers were crossing the border to collect wood for cooking and heating, from a protected forest vital for birds and...
Forum: Conservation Monday 21st October 2019, 17:42
Replies: 26
Views: 1,824
Posted By pratincol
A local private holiday home site owner opened a...

A local private holiday home site owner opened a nature reserve next to his property
Like most of these holiday establishments its very popular with dog owners.
He's erected a huge sign at the...
Forum: Bird Behaviour Saturday 12th October 2019, 10:30
Replies: 9
Views: 674
Posted By pratincol
I've seen a Merlin hunting for bats in Cuba. It...

I've seen a Merlin hunting for bats in Cuba. It was waiting till dusk and when the bats emerged it was an easy catch. A nightly event apparently. Another birdwatcher had seen it happening and sure...
Forum: Lists Friday 11th October 2019, 16:55
Replies: 27
Views: 2,176
Posted By pratincol
There's a few flocks of Whooper Swan passing...

There's a few flocks of Whooper Swan passing through the Kent estuary.
They eventually head towards the Arnside viaduct and will stop either side generally.
Big numbers of Lapwing between the...
Forum: Lists Monday 7th October 2019, 09:17
Replies: 27
Views: 2,176
Posted By pratincol
Look out for the Great White Egret if you cross...

Look out for the Great White Egret if you cross Arnside viaduct. Saw three near there the other day. They're still about too.
Forum: Spain including the Canary & Balearic Isles Monday 2nd September 2019, 12:06
Replies: 851
Views: 160,073
Posted By pratincol
N Might be of interest to someone who covers this...

N Might be of interest to someone who covers this area.
A copy of our approach to Gibralter and then sail- out from Gibralter on the return aboard the Aurora from my report on vacations forum.

5th...
Forum: Birds & Birding Monday 2nd September 2019, 10:55
Replies: 24
Views: 1,994
Posted By pratincol
I record species, number location and grid...

I record species, number location and grid reference then send them off to the County recorder at the end of the year. The submissions are collated in the county records so they can gauge numbers and...
Forum: Birds & Birding Thursday 29th August 2019, 16:34
Replies: 5
Views: 432
Posted By pratincol
Brilliant. Just shows what can be done.

Brilliant.
Just shows what can be done.
Forum: Birds & Birding Monday 26th August 2019, 10:10
Replies: 57
Views: 3,294
Posted By pratincol
How far do birders walk? In the case of Idle...

How far do birders walk?
In the case of Idle Jack, a local birdwatcher, not very far.
Bumped into him recently viewing a wet field full of birds, stood right next to his car. He said the adjacent...
Forum: Information Wanted Monday 26th August 2019, 08:48
Replies: 0
Views: 146
Posted By pratincol
Mysterious Hawthorne bushes recovery

If there are any plant experts out there perhaps they could explain what happened to the apparently dead hawthorn bushes which came alive again this year.
They are individual bushes spread out over a...
Forum: Birds & Birding Sunday 25th August 2019, 12:26
Replies: 5
Views: 432
Posted By pratincol
Thanks When I spoke to the Environment Agency...

Thanks
When I spoke to the Environment Agency boss I suggested it would save them money too, having less grass to cut, saving on energy and labour costs.
Forum: Birds & Birding Sunday 25th August 2019, 10:38
Replies: 5
Views: 432
Posted By pratincol
The Environment Agency have a listening ear

Our local estuary is defended by miles of raised bunds.
Every year the Environment Agency mow them twice.
I asked if they could leave the bottom and edges of the bunds uncut to allow them to grow...
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