Can anyone tell me if Corncrakes have a preferred time of day when they are most likely to be heard? Also do they still call irrespective of the weather? Would they call in little drizzle for example?
Thanks in advance
Its a cold February morning here in Cheshire but despite this there are signs of spring on my morning walk. A Mistle Thrush singing its heart out until disturbed by a nearby pair. Several Chaffinches have started singing also. Neither is particularly early but still welcome!
Has anyone noticed any large Starlling movements/influxes recently?
Today I was out in the peak district and I came across two massive flocks feeding in the moors. Never seen so many away from roosting sites.
imm Glossy Ibis on the flooded field just opposite the Swan with Two Nicks pub, near Dunham Massey. Present for second day at least. Flew off at 4.15pm then circled for 25 mins before heading SE towards Rostherne Mere and being lost from view.
Large numbers of Redwings passing over Cheshire today including 1000 at Leasowe, 750 at Hoylake, 300 at Woolston Eyes, 300 over New Brighton, 350 over West Kirby, 250 over Newton and 100 at Alsager;
Anyone else got big counts?
I've just been watching one of the most interesting programs i've seen on TV for a while. This evening on Channel 4 (for UK residents only), there was a program called "The Human Swarm". It was all about trends and how they are linked to the weather. For example, three days of above 18C weather...
Anyone in NW England may well have seen the reports on the local news about a large fire which started at Neston and spread to Parkgate - http://www.aboutmyarea.co.uk/Cheshire/Neston/CH64/News/Local-News/245143-Fire-at-Parkgate-Started-Deliberately-Damage-Caused-to-Wildlife-Habitat and here is a...
Did anyone else notice a significant passage of Skylarks overhead today? On my inland patch in Cheshire I had my largest ever day count. Carsington Water in North Derbyshire also noted a good movement.
Today, due to the lovely sunny day, it seems like the birds are starting to think about spring. Our Oystercatchers have returned to their inland breeding areas. The first Avocets have arrived on the Dee Estuary. I heard numerous common birds singing today.
The other morning I observed a strange piece of behaviour and I wondered whether others had noticed it. It was pitch black and just after 7am but where I work is in an industrial estate so we have a couple of floodlights in our yard and as do most of the nearby warehouses. I looked up to see a...