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Outfoxed. Again.

Posted by on February 9, 2014 6:40 PM | 


Spent some time yesterday being completely outmanoeuvred by the two Ravens that have been hanging around the Withins.
Presumably non-breeding youngsters, as many adults will be back on breeding territories in the hills by now.
Did everything a patient birder on the mosses should - stay in the car, no getting out and breaking the skyline etc, and at one point they did seem to be coming straight at me, right up to the point when they dropped momentarily out of view just a hundred metres away - next minute they reappeared two fields back cruising along and off towards Lydiate..sneaky sneaky sneaky!
It is true that I am regularly outsmarted by many things, from Sellotape to plastic milk cartons, and memorably three sets of electric garden shears in rapid succession.
So maybe the Ravens aren't that clever - but I'd love to get the drop on 'em just once.


Fair few Pinks out on Plex, with Fieldfares and a strikingly large flock of 400+ Lapwing. High winds and hard rain made things unpleasant though.
Great action shot from Phil Collins of a Kestrel attacking a Barn Owl at Lunt as darkness fell - they do compete for nesting sites and the same prey, so it's no surprise they don't get on.


"Thought you might be interested in this shot taken on Friday (dusk and long range) at Lunt Meadows of the moment a Kestrel mobbed and struck a Barn Owl", Phil says.
"And this beauty seen hunting over the old asparagus field at Formby pinewoods".


Great stuff, thanks for sharing Phil.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...


Just heard about a Ross's Gull at Leighton Moss.

Lovely shots of it by Chris Batty elsewhere online, it's been awhile since the Fylde bird - pics/stories in Birdblog archive for April 2008, (or the Seaforth one for that matter...)

Large flock of about 4200 Black-tailed Godwits near the southern end of Marshside 1 (Rimmer's?) yesterday afternoon.

First Avocet back at Martin Mere yesterday apparently.

It’s National Nest Box Week this February half-term and to celebrate, the team at RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands is inviting visitors to join the fun and create their own nest boxes.
The nest box making sessions will be held on Tuesday 18 and Thursday 20 February, from 11 am-3 pm at RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands. The activity costs £8 per nestbox (£6 RSPB members). For more information on the reserve and its activities, please call the reserve on 0151 353 8478 or check out the website

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