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    Breeding Lapwing

    Its been interesting to see how Lapwings have managed to breed this year. A local field is suitable for Lapwing but also used to for cattle grazing. It looks like someone had put temporary fencing around one area possibly to keep the cattle out. There were three chicks running around the other...
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    Disturbed Lapwings make second nests.

    The usual scenario; Lapwing settled down in local fields, were sitting on nests, then the farmers destroyed the nests, ploughing the fields and laying down those long sheets of plastic along the rows of planted seeds. The good news is six Lapwing have built new nests and they're now sitting on...
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    Hodbarrow RSPB breeding success

    Since erecting fox deterant fences and other actions there's been a remarkable increase in breeding birds at this reserve. In 2018 the RSPB had a record-breaking number of 1,950 pairs of Sandwich Terns at their Hodbarrow reserve near Millom. This is an increase from the previous record of 550...
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    Sad news from the Osprey team at Bassenthwaite, England

    A real character. A regular observer noted he was a bit of a menace, always arriving too late to pair up, disturbing two nearby Osprey nesting sites, where pairs were already established. Including 2020, he returned to Cumbria every year. His wintering site was the Island of Bioko in Equitorial...
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    Remember to check for TICKS of another kind!

    Once got bitten by a tick on my private parts(yes, seriously!). Well,you could imagine how that happened; caught short in the middle of nowhere with no loos for miles around. Didn't understand why I was itchy down under, till I got home and found the culprit. Take care, if you're ever in that...
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    Birders and shooting

    I was thinking of Peter Scott as I wrote it. The lake in question isn't far from the Kent Estuary, where he used to shoot before his conversion. 'In the same way, there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and...
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    Blue Tit revives stunned Blue Tit

    Cheers! Glad you enjoyed watching it.
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    Blue Tit revives stunned Blue Tit

    Great teamwork!
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    Birders and shooting

    A local farmer was a keen shooter in his youth. Part of his land was so boggy he created a substantial lake with a reedbed area. Over the years its attracted many birds including ducks, Cormorants, geese, Goosander, Kingfisher, Moorhen, swans, Coot, Reed Bunting and Sedge Warbler. Spotted...
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    Blue Tit revives stunned Blue Tit

    Unusual clip showing a Blue Tit reviving stunned Blue Tit https://youtu.be/eRitfRGa-_w
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    Spotted Flycatcher

    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 above are in upland areas. Before moving, I spent years counting them on a nearby limestone...
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    Buzzed by a tawny owl

    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 Tawny Owl which was flew past me, a metre away, at knee-height chasing the cat. The cat flew round...
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    Brown Hare

    Good to hear they are doing well in other places too.
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    Lots of Willow Warbler about today

    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 same time. Can't remember hearing both species at the exact same time.
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    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 in several other places round here. My local patch is a drained moss with a couple of small...
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    Lots of Willow Warbler about today

    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 even have to dispute territories.
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    New reserve. Lapwing breeding success.

    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 Cuckoo in the area before. This is the third year in succession they've been back there. Its also...
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    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 bred succesfully. A report by another observer yesterday states: Lapwing 9-10 pairs, three broods...
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    Lots of Willow Warbler about today

    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. They even extended the Lake District National Park and the Yorkshire National Park, the latter...
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    Lots of Willow Warbler about today

    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 Warblers are winning though, with 59 counted so far. Normally there'd just a couple of Lesser...
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    Lots of Willow Warbler about today

    Sorry to hear about the situation in the London area which reflect the UK stats but even more so.
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    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 usual locations elsewhere. A few people said Willow Warbler numbers were down in some parts of the...
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    Increased local patch visits during travel restrictions.

    '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. ' Quite agree! Long may it continue. Never seen a Willow Tit, by the way. The only Willow Tits are about 40 miles away and I don't travel more...
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    Increased local patch visits during travel restrictions.

    Quite agree. Even if its fairly mundane you are are even more surprised if something even slightly out the ordinary turns up!
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