Wednesday, 26 April 2017

RSPB: Wild challenge

We are more than half way through the wild challenge and have got bronze and working to silver. To find out more about wild challenge go to the rspb website.
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Clee hill and 2 lifers

Sorry for being late (again) but with extra revision from the end of years coming up, my computer breaking, my camera dying and the weather I just haven't had time from Friday last week.

With it being reasonably good weather, we decided to go to Titterstone clee, where the Shore Lark had been seen. Unfortunately we did not see it but we did see a Meadow Pipit, well loads, and 2 wheatears, a beautiful male and female. 2 Lifers!!! I know your probably like, what a Meadow Pipit lifer, but most people are probably a lot more experienced than me! Although breezy and a little cloudy we had a great day as a family scrambling across rocks and hills, camera safely away, serenaded by Skylarks, which would fly unseen out of a tuft of grass. The top is meant to be an ancient chiefs burial ground but it still made a good place for bird watching and Jaffa cakes. We also saw some crows and gulls cross the sky. As well we saw some tadpoles in a puddle and marsh gas, methane I think, but the old quarry buildings were really interesting. After getting cold, stumbling down a sheep path on my sisters 'climbing experience' which was slightly ruined when we saw Wheatear number 1, but we made up for it climbing the steep path back to the car. Then we headed for Ludlow.

After lunch at a nice pub called the The Queen's head near the co-op car park, we headed down to the river where we saw some house martins flying over our heads and a pair of grey wagtails. A few mallards were sailing down the river.

Apart from that we saw a Willow Warbler at Whixall Moss, and a few curlew, and the swallows still haven't returned. The blue tits have finished nest building. I will keep you updated weekly!
A very bad picture of the female Wheatear as she was very far away!

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Mysterious disappearence of Golden Eagle article on Bird Guides

Sorry for the incredibly long name but as I was reading through my mail I checked bird guides and saw this terrible article.
If you want to read the full article please go to this website: http://www.birdguides.com/webzine/article.asp?a=6285

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Get inspired

In this world many terrible things are happening, climate change, decline of species, poverty, litter and much, much more. If every person did a thing for nature we would could reverse the effects of what the past has done. Each child could feel what it's like to be in love with nature, to know real happiness and cherish what the people of the past have saved for them. The RSPB really tries to help with this and this is why me and my family are doing the wild challenge. Not only does this help nature near you but bring families together for family time. I'm doing are you?
sign up at https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/kids-and-schools/kids-and-families/wild-challenge/

Some of the things you can do:
Find signs of spring:


Go birdwatching

Learn the sound of spring

Do a wildlife survey

Do a big clean up

For moments like these:
A beautiful day at New Brighton at the high tide birdwatch
Goosanders on West Kirby Marine Lake

A goldfinch at lake vrynwey

So go for it!!




Saturday, 18 March 2017

1st ringing session complete!

Today it was a windy and blustery day and I didn't know if we would get the go ahead for bird ringing. But thankfully at a watered down time of 7:45 AM, we arrived and began checking the nets with the other members. At first site we caught a Great Tit and a Long Tailed Tit. After taking measurements of the birds we released them (you could actually feel their heartbeat) and a warming drink we checked again after about 20 mins. We did this a lot round Whixall Moss. In the end we got 1 Great Tit, 3 Long Tailed Tits, 2 Blue Tits, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Blackbird and the first Chiffchaff of spring which has actually just come back from Africa (probably Senigal). Can't wait for more!!!!!!!!!!
Ringing

Thursday, 9 March 2017

London lifers

Sorry for not posting for such a while but this half term we went to London and unfortunately the placed we stayed in did not have wifi so I haven't had time to post from kindle or phone (My data had run out) so the only small tweaks I could do was my list so those sharp-eyed majority of you might have spotted Barnacle Goose, Smew (wild not from collection) and Ring-necked Parakeet, a London speciality. 3 lifers in a city! I mean it was great. Good weather and lots of attractions, like Madame Tussaurds and the London Eye (great for spotting passing cormorants)! Although there were lots of crows, magpies, the odd woodpigeon in a sea of townies (feral pigeons) and quite a few robins there yet distinct lack of garden birds in the parks around the city. On Thursday, the day storm Doris hit, we found a jay - a real moment of joy - and nearly got swept into the serpentine! One of the best days however was my day!!!!

On my day we went to the London Wetlands Centre and saw a wide array of different birds, wild and tame and the cutest little otters. We even saw a wild bittern! A robin hung round while we ate subway sandwiches (mine was meatball) and crisps and drinks! A beautiful variety of gulls and geese, swans and other waterfowl. It was an amazing day and an amazing holiday!!!!!



Sunday, 12 February 2017

Whixall Moss

It was a freezing day and even birding isn't very nice when it is lashing it down you can't see because the wind is blowing your hair in your face. We first tried the flooded fields but unfortunately there was not even a mallard on there! We walked onto the moss and still nothing. A few hardy robins and a couple of blackbirds and a nice flock of starlings. We enjoyed a few moments of Long-tailed tits and a beautiful Tree creeper along with a small group of Goldfinches. Then we went home because it was so cold. A nice buzzard was seen. Sorry for such a small write up and hopefully you'll read my other posts which are lot more interesting than this! 🐦🐦Sian
A wet Whixall Moss, not today but just as bad!