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Neil UK

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Peregrine's that have fledged the cathedral in Preston are daily around the Docks area. just had a great hour viewing of them in my works car park.
 

The Actor

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Went to the docks today. I didn't see the pergrine but finally saw the common terns.
 

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PhilxB

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This afternoon at 1.20 I saw an adult male Black Redstart in Bairstow Street, Preston at the junction with Chaddock Street. It was calling repeatedly and moving up and down the street as if it was on its territory. Unfortunately I didn't have my camera with me.

I went back again about 40 minutes later but there was no sign of it. I'll have another look there tomorrow morning and take my camera this time.
 
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gradders52

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This afternoon at 1.20 I saw an adult male Black Redstart in Bairstow Street, Preston at the junction with Chaddock Street..

Isn't that the same sort of area they were seen with juveniles last year? Was it Avenham St Car Park area? Not that far away. Hopefully they have returned.
 

aviatrix

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8 juv Marsh Harriers appear to have fledged so far this year at Leighton Moss RSPB. A further 3 at Haweswater close by.
 

sleipnerofasgard

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After dipping on the Black Redstart in Ainsdale last Friday and Saturday thought id try my luck in Preston. Arrived bright and early (7 30 am) and immediately saw a bird perch for a few seconds on top of one of the buildings and had convinced myself that it was the Redstart, hung around till about ten with only that dubious sighting and made my way back to the station, but BR conspired against me and my train was cancelled.
So returned to the area with an extra 90 mins before the next train, and after another twenty mins caught another glimpse on the chimney of a house and watched as it flew onto the side of a building and then flew onto the roof in front of me giving tremendous views. Isnt our transport system wonderful:t::-O

Frank

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Johnny1

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At Formby yesterday watched two Arctic Skuas seemingly work as a pair harrasing Terns together then when the Tern dropped the fish they would attack each other for the prize.
 

COLG

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Juvenile Black Redstart was around the Ainsdale Discovery Centre prior to the Southport Air Show but I imagine the Red Arrows were the final straw and I don't think it's been seen since . It's had a few people wondering where it came from and the possibility that Black Redstarts may have bred in the area .
 

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RE Birder

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Juvenile Black Redstart was around the Ainsdale Discovery Centre prior to the Southport Air Show but I imagine the Red Arrows were the final straw and I don't think it's been seen since . It's had a few people wondering where it came from and the possibility that Black Redstarts may have bred in the area .

Is this a sensible thing to be posting? There are quite a few postings on this thread relating to this schedule 1 species!
 
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RE Birder

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Don't see a problem myself since the bird's disappeared , I haven't given the location of a nest and nobody even knows if they've bred in the area .

From this page alone it eludes to possible/potential breeding of Black Redstart at a specific location. Is that sensible?
 

COLG

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From this page alone it eludes to possible/potential breeding of Black Redstart at a specific location. Is that sensible?
This could trundle on , so my final words on this matter are - My photographs show the bird on the fence of a working skipyard ( with vehicles moving in and out all day long , so an unlikely place for a nest ) . A local ranger who works at the skipyard is quoted as saying " given the high visibility habits of this perchy little bird I'm sure we'd have noticed the comings and goings of a breeding pair much earlier in the year - and heard the male singing , but the first time the Juvenile popped up was Sunday 17th July ". So there is no evidence whatsoever that Black Redstarts bred in that area .
 

RE Birder

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This could trundle on , so my final words on this matter are - My photographs show the bird on the fence of a working skipyard ( with vehicles moving in and out all day long , so an unlikely place for a nest ) . A local ranger who works at the skipyard is quoted as saying " given the high visibility habits of this perchy little bird I'm sure we'd have noticed the comings and goings of a breeding pair much earlier in the year - and heard the male singing , but the first time the Juvenile popped up was Sunday 17th July ". So there is no evidence whatsoever that Black Redstarts bred in that area .

This was not aimed at you. It was the several comments collectively that point towards a possible/potential breeding site.

Just because it's a busy site would not necessarily stop birds such as Black Redstarts from breeding. How can a juvenile popping up in mid July not point towards the obvious?!

IMO postings such as these should be witheld at this time of year
 

Jonny721

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This was not aimed at you. It was the several comments collectively that point towards a possible/potential breeding site.

Just because it's a busy site would not necessarily stop birds such as Black Redstarts from breeding. How can a juvenile popping up in mid July not point towards the obvious?!

IMO postings such as these should be witheld at this time of year

When would you say that it is acceptable to release the news then?
 

RE Birder

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When would you say that it is acceptable to release the news then?

As and when your local rare breeding bird recorder deems fit. Hopefully which wouldn't reveal the location just general details as per British birds rare breeding bird report
 

Jaff

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This is a warning about Hesketh Out Marsh. Dib Road leading up to the RSPB Car Park is in a shocking state, it looks like it has been shelled by a mortar crew for most of its length. I noted yday that a few people parked at the bottom of Dib Road and walked up rather than drive but space here is very limited. However many did make the drive to the car park in all kinds of cars so it's not impossible, just shall we say 'very bumpy and potentially hazardous to unsuitable vehicles'.

Also Marshside had 10,000's of Starlings which are attracting Merlin, Kestrel and Sparrowhawk and presumably others too. Also on the saltmarsh side of the road there was 1000's of Golden Plover and nearly as many Knot (with smaller numbers of just about everything mixed in) and when something puts flocks of these sizes up, well you can imagine. Had good views of a Curlew Sand in winter plumage but I bet amongst that lot there was something more unusual lurking for sure. Impressive numbers of Wigeon and Teal there too.
 

Pete222

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Little Grebe count

I counted 13 little grebes today, 7 on the Conder Pool and 6 more on the adjacent Conder river, counted at the same time from the viewing screen. I've never seen so many in view at once before which made me wonder what the maximum single count that anyone else has seen. This was at last light about 3:30 pm which also made me wonder whether little grebes gather for a 'roost' in the evening?
 

Simon Taylor

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This is a warning about Hesketh Out Marsh. Dib Road leading up to the RSPB Car Park is in a shocking state, it looks like it has been shelled by a mortar crew for most of its length. I noted yday that a few people parked at the bottom of Dib Road and walked up rather than drive but space here is very limited. However many did make the drive to the car park in all kinds of cars so it's not impossible, just shall we say 'very bumpy and potentially hazardous to unsuitable vehicles'.

I once complained to the RSPB when the drive to Hayle estuary car park was in a similar state.

They actually replied and i became quite sympathetic when they said they leave it in that condition to deter boy racers.
 

Jaff

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I once complained to the RSPB when the drive to Hayle estuary car park was in a similar state.

They actually replied and i became quite sympathetic when they said they leave it in that condition to deter boy racers.

Well unfortunately in this instance Dib Road is a public road and so the RSPB has no say in it's maintenance and is used a lot by heavy goods vehicles and tractors going to the various farms. Indeed it's the farmer who is closest to the car park that is responsible for locking the gate.
 

Floyd Barnes

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United Kingdom
There seems to be good numbers of Black-throated Divers seen from Ainsdale.

According to the Birds Of Lancs & N. M/side, the highest annual total was 14 birds, there's been over 30 seen from Ainsdale alone this autumn.

Has anyone seawatched from here recently and seen any Divers.

There hasn't been many other Diver sightings from other Lancs sites. Bit of a local influx or what?
 

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