Sunday, 23 March 2014

Bolam Nuthatch and others

Over the last few days I've had a visit to Big waters where Chiff chaffs sing and promise that its just the start of a busy breeding season to come. The spawning Frogs have come and gone, next up the Toads. Bolam lake carpark and an interesting preference was noted. I put down some mixed birdseed to attract Nuthatch and had a walk around the lake. On my return camera at the ready I topped up the seed and noticed that all the sunflower hearts had gone. The peanuts suet and all the other stuff had hardly been touched, so I watched what birds chose each time they landed. Whatever the species it was always the sunflower hearts, now I always knew they went down well but until they were all eaten the birds took nowt else.

This GSW was near what looked near a newly dug nest hole

Guess what this little beauty was feeding on  
Today up the coast 14 drake Shoveler from the Budge hide, 8 Whoopers at Cresswell where the water levels were far to high causing flagship species to dessert. Now the NWT own this pond they might actually try their hand at a bit of habitat management, but somehow I doubt it. Wildlife can not pay subs so where is the benefit to the trust, only us mugs will keep paying the wages of an office bound organisation that's sole purpose seems to be raising money to spend on its self. When will they make habitat management THE priority instead of making the staff who actually benefit wildlife by their hands on graft redundant. How much money has been raised for Red squirrels in the last 10 or more years as the Greys have poured in with out any trust strategy to trap them being effective. As for that wildlife mecca Northumberlandia,, big tits I grant you, why get involved there then stand by and let geese be shot as hazards to aircraft. The "veiwing platform" at Prestwick carr is a fucking joke and as for the ........................

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Earlier in the week

Monday and Tuesday were belters Blue skies all the way , at Mitford an early Comma was a nice surprise. At the coast East Chev had 4 grebe species and a Black Throated diver. The Bull rushes at Big waters gave a blizzard of seeds. A SEO on PC was long over due and Cresswell had a few good waders
Fly me to the moon.....

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

PC and BW

The fine weekend was spent on the Carr and doon the Waaters , the goats looked out of their shed as if to say "its ten years worth of shit we are standing on you know". The post top feeders on the roadside attracted lots of Reed bunting and the odd Willow tit. At Big waters the Scaup came close, the sun shone and all was well.

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Big Waters Tuftie club

Yesterday at Big Waters the place held at least 26 Tufted duck, the Scaup was back after a trip to Killy lake 1 Pochard also present. The dead tree hosted a stunning Cormorant, wintering wildfowl were still in evidence despite a very springlike atmosphere. Birds were singing and nest building, display was noted in many species  

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Crap blog

 I had a walk around Prestwick carr yesterday finding a Badger latrine near a very active sett and plenty of Fox shite . The crap photos below are up to my usual standard, the Jay, Woodcock and Goldcrest seen evaded the camera. The moonscene was taken before work earlier in the week, no Northern lights for me I'm afraid.

Curlews return 

notice the beakfull of grub

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