Monday, 3 May 2021

Nocmig at Nether Kellet, Lancashire - 25th April 2021

This was the first time I had recorded away from Teesside. It was a chilly evening with a clear sky when I switched on by Zoom H2n Recorder at 10 pm. I recorded until 07:35 am the next morning.

22:00 - 02:10

Oystercatcher - 18 calls - 2 birds

Herring / Lesser Black-backed Gulls sp (flock) - estimated 50 birds

Lesser Black-backed Gull 19 calls - 3 birds

Jackdaw - 3 calls - 1 bird

Tawny Owl - 32 calls - 1 or 2 birds


02:10 - 05:33

Tawny Owl - 14 calls, 4 songs - 2 birds

Oystercatcher - 20 calls - 3 birds

Mallard - 10 calls - 3 birds

Pheasant - 2 calls - 1 bird

Greylag Goose - 6 calls - 2 birds

Carrion Crow - 20 calls - 6 birds

Blackbird - 3 calls - 3 birds

Woodpigeon - 2 calls - 1 bird

Robin - 2 calls - 2 birds

Greenfinch - 1 call - 1 bird

Starling - 1 call - 1 bird

Chaffinch - 1 call - 1 bird


05:33 to 07:36 - Dawn Chorus 

Robin, Blue Tit, Blackbird, Pheasant, Mallard, Wren, Carrion Crow, Lesser-Black-backed Gull, Great Tit, Greenfinch, Carrion Crow, Greylag Geese, Chiffchaff and Woodpigeon.

I have copied below a section of the sonogram, with some songs and calls identified.


The intensity of this Dawn Chorus was far greater than at home on Teesside with a much wider range of species and volume.





Dallam Tower, near Milnthorpe, Cumbria - Sunday 25th April 2021

 A pleasant hour was spent watching the Roe Deer and wildlife of Dallam Tower estate, near Milnthorpe in Cumbria. The deer were relatively close, enjoying the afternoon sunshine and tasty grass alongside the River Bela.

We recorded Oystercatcher (pair), Goosander (2 males & 1 female), Mallard (including one sitting on a nest up a mature tree), Blue Tit, Jackdaw and Carrion Crow.


The photograph below, it the tree with the nesting Mallard duck which must have been 30 foot up the tree!


Can you see the duck?


The female Mallard is in the centre of the U shaped area of the tree. You can see the blue and white wing bars and the head of the duck facing right.

Sunset Photos at Bolton-le-Sands, Lancashire - Saturday 24th April 2021






 

Garden Birdwatch - Week Commencing - 18th April 2021

Goldfinch 5

Blackbird 1

Jackdaw 1

Blue Tit 2

House Sparrow 1

Woodpigeon 1

Feral Pigeon 1

Greenfinch 1

Great Tit 1

Magpie 1

Food: Sunflower Hearts, Peanuts, Fat Balls and Water

Butterflies: Peacock1, Speckled Wood 3 & Large White 1

Other Insects: Common Carder Bee, Red-tailed Bumblebee

Mammals: Hedgehog

Amphibians: Common Frog Tadpoles

Speckled Wood

On 23rd April 2021, a Beautiful Plume moth rested on the window of the house
Beautiful Plume Moth




Garden Birdwatch - Week Commencing 11th April 2021

Woodpigeon 2

Blackbird 2

Starling 1

Blue Tit 2

Goldfinch 4

Jackdaw 1

Robin 2

Great Tit 2

Collared Dove 2

Greenfinch 2

House Sparrow 2

Feral Pigeon 1

Dunnock 1

Food: Sunflower Hearts, Fat Balls, Peanuts & Water

Other Insects: White-tailed Bumblebee

Sunday, 11 April 2021

Garden Birdwatch - Week Commencing - 4th April 2021

Starling 1

Blackbird 2

House Sparrow 4

Goldfinch 6

Blue Tit 2

Greenfinch 2

Woodpigeon 3

Robin 1

Jackdaw 2

Great Tit 2

Collared Dove 2

Food - Sunflower Hearts, Peanuts, Fat Balls and Water

Other Insects - Garden Bumblebee & Common Carder Bumblebee

Amphibians - Common Frog Tadpoles


Tadpoles

Great Tit

Sadly this Starling died in our garden after being chased by a cat. It didn’t look injured, but was reluctant to fly choosing to eat insects off the ground. I watched it for a few hours and after seemingly looking like it was going to recover, it died.





Dark-edged Bee-fly

 On Sunday 4th April, I spotted this Dark-edged Bee-fly whilst visiting Southside, County Durham.

It was visiting each open flower in the garden and then stopping for a rest on some gravel in the sunshine.