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I have seen similar on the Continent at times. I believe it is some sort of Mite infestation.

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We went on a Dipper hunt a few days ago and found 3 of them.  Usual stretch of river on the edge of the Forest of Bowland.  Not bad for our first attempt of the year.   5.  Dipper

Here we go again.  Like last year, I would most like to beat my UK total and find some new birds along the way.   Just one bird to start, found on a quiet tarn in South Lakes on our usual Ne

35.  Chaffinch Female Male   Foulshaw Moss  -  14/03/20  

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On 3/6/2020 at 8:38 AM, Zim Girl said:

On the way back I saw this poor bird in the trees.  I took a quick picture as I didn't know what it was at first but it is a Blackbird with a bald head. He was flying around ok.  But I felt quite sad watching him, never seen anything like this before.   

Anyone seen this in a blackbird before??  What is the cause?  Stress/disease/birth defect?

 

 

 

 

It happens a lot over in the US with blue jays and cardinals. It's usually just a molt.

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Finally, a few more birds for the BY. 

We dropped by Foulshaw Moss on our way for a walk in South Lakes. I really like this little nature reserve, it is very low key outside of Osprey season but you are pretty much guaranteed to find Reed Buntings and Redpolls here as well as Tree Sparrows (but seeing as we have our own we weren't looking for them:)).

 

33.  Common Reed Bunting

Female

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Male

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Foulshaw Moss  -  14/03/20

 

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The Redpolls here are identified locally as 'Lesser' but to be honest they all look a bit different to me so I have no idea. A few for comparison.

 

34.  Lesser Redpoll

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Foulshaw Moss  -  14/03/20

 

 

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35.  Chaffinch

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Male

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Foulshaw Moss  -  14/03/20

 

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Lastly, this guy makes a brief appearance.

 

36.  Common Moorhen

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Foulshaw Moss  -  14/03/20

 

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Then onto a different Moss.

My first proper visit to Leighton Moss this year, the weather was decent on Monday so I went up and spent the morning there.  The estuary hides couldn't be accessed because the car park had been flooded by high tides but the main reserve was open albeit a bit soggy.

This next bird has become a bit of a local superstar of late and I was hoping to find him before the trails got too busy.  Well it didn't take long, I waited in his favourite spot and after a few minutes he appeared out of the undergrowth. I had him to myself for as long as I could keep him entertained.  Sorry for the few extra pics but I think he is worth it.

 

37.  Water Rail

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Leighton Moss  -  16/03/20

 

 

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Another much loved LM inhabitant, the Robins here are renowned for being extremely tame and will happily feed from your hand.  They follow you closely down the trails along with the other very demanding birds, the Blue Tits and Great Tits.

 

38.  European Robin

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Leighton Moss  -  16/03/20

 

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At least there is no problem identifying this bird as it's very similar cousin doesn't live here.

 

39.  Marsh Tit

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Leighton Moss  -  16/03/20

 

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40.  Coal Tit

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Leighton Moss  -  16/03/20

 

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Finally, another LM special.  The Marsh Harriers are displaying well and getting ready for nesting soon.  Five birds were counted while I was watching and they make a great sight flying over the reed beds.

 

41.  Western Marsh Harrier

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Leighton Moss  -  16/03/20

 

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michael-ibk

Great Waterrail!

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TonyQ

A very productive trip to the two Mosses.

The Water Rail photos are wonderful.

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xelas

Gorgeous photos, @Zim Girl! That Water Rail was extremely cooperative.

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PeterHG

Great photos all round and a productive trip, indeed!

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Soukous

Great stuff.

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Peter Connan

Lovely!

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Galana

Excellent. I am a fan of Foulshaw too. Nice and compact and often surprising me with sightings.

Lesser Redpoll is only a good species in Britain. Treated as a race in most countries so no wonder it hard to split them.

Lovely Water Rail sequence.

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Dave Williams

Nice set of shots from the weekend. I was up your way but social distancing!

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15 hours ago, Dave Williams said:

Nice set of shots from the weekend. I was up your way but social distancing!

Shame - we will get there eventually!!

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Kitsafari

Lovely rail shots

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So the next few pictures are pre lockdown, hoping to do better with some of them but there we go!

 

42.  Gadwall

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Stanley Park  -  06/02/20

 

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We tried several times for these but they were always in the distant field.

 

43.  Whooper Swan

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Cockersands area, nr Glasson Dock  -  22/02/20

 

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This was taken on a fly by visit to the estuary hides at Leighton Moss early in March and already the Avocet numbers were building.

 

44.  Pied Avocet

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Leighton Moss  -  07/03/20

 

 

 

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