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Forum: Birds & Birding Wednesday 10th June 2020, 09:18
Replies: 13
Views: 546
Posted By pratincol
A local birdwatcher reported 9 inseveral separate...

A local birdwatcher reported 9 inseveral separate territories yesterday.
I always check up a nearby location where a pair return year after year. They're back again for another season.
All the...
Forum: Birds & Birding Friday 29th May 2020, 07:26
Replies: 11
Views: 506
Posted By pratincol
Not been personally attacked by a Tawny Owl, but...

Not been personally attacked by a Tawny Owl, but our cat was!
Standing in the garden one night, the cat came running round the corner of the house ,like a bat out of hell.
She was being chased by a...
Forum: Mammals Monday 25th May 2020, 13:41
Replies: 5
Views: 317
Posted By pratincol
Good to hear they are doing well in other places...

Good to hear they are doing well in other places too.
Forum: Birds & Birding Monday 25th May 2020, 06:30
Replies: 18
Views: 1,260
Posted By pratincol
Lots more Willow Warbler about last night. I...

Lots more Willow Warbler about last night. I visited an SSSI which is in fine fettle; its predominantly a gorse area.
Sixteen counted along the way.
A Cuckoo and a Tawny Owl were calling at the...
Forum: Mammals Saturday 23rd May 2020, 19:23
Replies: 5
Views: 317
Posted By pratincol
Brown Hare

Not sure how this species is doing nationally but round here they are regulary seen.
I generally see up to four on my local patch but yesterday I spotted eleven, which is remarkable.
Often see them...
Forum: Birds & Birding Sunday 17th May 2020, 19:09
Replies: 18
Views: 1,260
Posted By pratincol
Great news! I often see Willow Warblers flitting...

Great news!
I often see Willow Warblers flitting in and out of bushes and trees and assume they're engaged in territorial battles. Better that than there not being enough Willow Warblers around to...
Forum: Birds & Birding Sunday 17th May 2020, 08:06
Replies: 3
Views: 161
Posted By pratincol
Yes, good news Richard. Every little bit...

Yes, good news Richard. Every little bit helps.
The other great success I mentioned before; the local raised bog created by Natural England, has carried on producing the goods.
I'd never heard a...
Forum: Birds & Birding Sunday 17th May 2020, 07:12
Replies: 3
Views: 161
Posted By pratincol
New reserve. Lapwing breeding success.

Last year I reported about a new local reserve built from scratch. It was established by a caravan site owner next to one of his sites.
One of the successes is how quickly some Lapwing moved in and...
Forum: Birds & Birding Saturday 16th May 2020, 09:46
Replies: 18
Views: 1,260
Posted By pratincol
I feel hopeful for this area in the future. Since...

I feel hopeful for this area in the future. Since large parts of Cumbria have National Park status there's an element of protection and limitations on concreting over huge swathes of the countryside....
Forum: Birds & Birding Saturday 16th May 2020, 03:08
Replies: 18
Views: 1,260
Posted By pratincol
Same here with Chiffchaff; they're all over the...

Same here with Chiffchaff; they're all over the show. So far I've recorded 42 individuals in different locations. We've even got one on our estate- never seen or heard one here before.
Willow...
Forum: Birds & Birding Friday 15th May 2020, 06:08
Replies: 18
Views: 1,260
Posted By pratincol
Sorry to hear about the situation in the London...

Sorry to hear about the situation in the London area which reflect the UK stats but even more so.
Forum: Birds & Birding Thursday 14th May 2020, 18:22
Replies: 18
Views: 1,260
Posted By pratincol
Lots of Willow Warbler about today

Last year I mentioned counting 51 Willow Warbler on a walk in South Cumbria.
I did a slightly shortened version today and counted 36;the most numerous species of the morning.
Many are back in the...
Forum: Birds & Birding Monday 11th May 2020, 16:34
Replies: 16
Views: 897
Posted By pratincol
'It's great that this is forcing us to enjoy...

'It's great that this is forcing us to enjoy birding in our gardens / on our doorsteps, and not go chasing around for new species to add to your list.[/QUOTE]'
Quite agree! Long may it...
Forum: Birds & Birding Sunday 10th May 2020, 12:54
Replies: 16
Views: 897
Posted By pratincol
Quite agree. Even if its fairly mundane you are...

Quite agree. Even if its fairly mundane you are are even more surprised if something even slightly out the ordinary turns up!
Forum: Birds & Birding Sunday 10th May 2020, 09:08
Replies: 16
Views: 897
Posted By pratincol
Good to know! The county recorders will be sent a...

Good to know!
The county recorders will be sent a unique set of records this year, perhaps.
Forum: Birds & Birding Sunday 10th May 2020, 06:50
Replies: 16
Views: 897
Posted By pratincol
Increased local patch visits during travel restrictions.

During the lockdown I've spent more time covering my local patch than I'd normally do. In the process I've got to know it a lot better.
Its walkable from the house and easy to get around in a short...
Forum: Birds & Birding Saturday 18th April 2020, 19:12
Replies: 18
Views: 889
Posted By pratincol
Jon: I told you about the Mallard nests erected...

Jon: I told you about the Mallard nests erected around our way. After years never even being used three were destroyed by the recent storms and haven't been replaced this Spring. Mallards are doing...
Forum: Birds & Birding Thursday 16th April 2020, 10:19
Replies: 36
Views: 1,406
Posted By pratincol
Spent many a happy hour sitting on the deck of a...

Spent many a happy hour sitting on the deck of a ship watching Cory's Shearwater wheeling past.
Hypnotic, relaxing and plenty of fresh sea air.
Won't be doing that again any time soon!
Forum: Birds & Birding Thursday 9th April 2020, 11:31
Replies: 6
Views: 470
Posted By pratincol
We live in an area where they're raised and...

We live in an area where they're raised and released in huge numbers to be shot so it's not unusual to see the odd squashed pheasant here and there; but it struck me there are more than usual.
Forum: Birds & Birding Thursday 9th April 2020, 11:13
Replies: 6
Views: 470
Posted By pratincol
Pheasants take a pasting

I've recently seen 6 dead pheasants on the roads around here.
Not unusual to see the odd one, here and there, but I suspect they've been lulled into a false sense of security, wandering willy-nilly...
Forum: Birds & Birding Thursday 2nd April 2020, 11:49
Replies: 6
Views: 238
Posted By pratincol
I suspect the number of House Sparrows depends on...

I suspect the number of House Sparrows depends on the type of habitat. I walk home through a estate where most residents have paved over their gardens and driveways, replaced hedges and greenery with...
Forum: Birds & Birding Thursday 2nd April 2020, 10:24
Replies: 6
Views: 238
Posted By pratincol
RSPB report House Sparrow increase

Read a report House Sparrow numbers have increased by 10% in recent years.
Certainly reflected in our garden; around 15 regulary visit our feeders, they're nesting so there's more on the way.
Its...
Forum: Birds & Birding Sunday 22nd March 2020, 16:29
Replies: 11
Views: 461
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: 461
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: 461
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...
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