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Plex in the sun

Posted by on March 1, 2014 6:14 PM | 

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The Fieldfare flock was dozing in the bright sun and crisp air this afternoon on Plex - given where they'll be going in a few weeks today probably seemed like a heatwave.
Very pale Merlin hunting over the fields too, but it was flushed by a passing Microlite before I could get a good look at it.
At least the ringtail Hen Harrier was still sailing about the area, with what appeared to be a full crop, but views of it were not great squinting into the light as it ghosted past.

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The Lapwings were a lot more vocal, with a few holding territories already, although the majority were still flocking and feeding on the flooded fields between Plex and Carr Moss with about 200 Pinkies, occasionally rising to wheel around.

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Yellowhammer, Buzzards and Linnets out and about too, with Red Tailed Bumblebee scudding about and on a few sheltered ditch sides, Lesser Celandine in flower.

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Driving through Carr Cross earlier, appeared to be a hundred or more wild swans in the fields, but I couldn't stop.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...


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This year marks a very special year for RSPB Leighton Moss in Silverdale, as the nature reserve is celebrating 50 golden years of giving nature a home.
To mark the occasion, a history exhibition is being held at the reserve on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 March, from 10 am-4 pm. Visitors are invited to go along to this free event to see old photos and memorabilia, as well as hear stories and memories of the site since it became an RSPB nature reserve in 1964, and its history beforehand.
The first Warden of the reserve, John Wilson is still a very active volunteer and will be at the event, along with the current Warden David Mower, to pass on their fond memories and experiences of working there all these years.
For more details on all of the exciting events planned for 2014, and more about the reserve, visit rspb.org.uk/leightonmoss.

At least 2 Blackcap still in the usual areas around Birkdale Common on Friday. Numbers so far this winter have been lower than usual but the weather has never been ideal on my visits with windy weather tending to keep them down so I suspect there'll be more than two present.
1 Great White in the roost at the Marine Lake this afternoon with 30 Littles but they were still probabaly coming in.
2500 Pinks over towards the Ribble was impressive in March.

Following the severe storms of the last three months, over 28,000 seabirds have been found dead along the coasts of southwest Europe from Spain to northern Scotland.
Some of these storm-washed birds were wearing uniquely numbered rings that tell us their age and origin, many being from remote colonies in Wales and Scotland. To help monitor this unprecedented ‘wreck’ the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) is urging beachcombers to check for rings if they find any dead birds.
The storms may have now abated but large numbers of seabirds, including Puffins, Guillemots, Razorbills and Shags, are still being found dead on British, Irish and French beaches. The first sign of the seabird wreck appeared in France, with thousands of Puffins washing up dead or starving. However, dead birds are now being found in Spain, the Channel Islands and along the west coast of Britain, and a wider range of species are now washing up.
If you find one it can be reported online at www.ring.ac or via the BTO website www.bto.org.
Several of the Puffins have also been found carrying tiny geolocators, which record the bird’s location and some of its behaviour. If anyone finds a Puffin with a geolocator they should remove it and contact BTO with the ring number.

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