Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Nesting Peregrines 2015 Season

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)

If you'd like to while away a few hours or take a break from work - watch these amazing birds hatching and feeding their young over the next few weeks.

Sussex Heights - 4 eggs, 4 chicks hatched (live video + audio)
Chichester Cathedral - 4 eggs, 3 chicks hatched so far (live video + audio)
Norwich Cathedral - 4 eggs,  4 chicks hatched, 1 chick died (live, no audio) @hawkandowluk

Bath St John's Church - 4 eggs, 3 hatched (live, no audio) @hawkandowluk
The first 20 Days (YouTube)

Nottingham Trent University - 3 or 4 chicks? (live video + audio) @NottsWildlife
- 26th May update - almost fully grown. Could see 3 but they're active, so moving around out of view and along the ledge!

Derby Cathedral - 4 eggs,  3 hatched (live video + audio)
Sutton Peregrines - Facebook photos and updates
Worcester Peregrines - Facebook photos and updates (Kestrel nest on the webcam)

Many of the sites have more than one camera on the nest site and some have associated blogs if you want to find out more about the site, peregrines and nesting projects.

If you find any other active/live sites for this year - let me know and I'll add them to the list.

Follow @hawkandowluk for into on Norwich and Bath peregrines.

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Nightingales in full song

This year's nightingale festival at the @RSPB Pulborough Brooks and they didn't disappoint with some great views of singing males up in trees and tops of bushes, giving everyone a good display with a bit of patience.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Painting Posts

A variety of tasks for a small group of us up on Castle Hill nature reserve in Newhaven. Cleaning and then painting the disabled posts along the access track.

Replacing the flag for the reserve and then tidying up one of the battery platforms above the fort. Digging out the plants growing in cracks and sweeping out the gutters. 

Lovely sunny day but a cold wind. 

Sunday, March 08, 2015

And yet more ...

And now a second batch of frogspawn has appeared.  Well I do have at three frogs in and around the pond at various times of the year.

There was even one lurking at the back of the pond when I took this.

The first batch may have suffered from the cold nights we've had recently but I'll leave it hatch out naturally.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Saturday, January 24, 2015

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2015

Another year of counting birds in the garden for the Big Garden Birdwatch.

Usually birds immediately head for the bushes and keep a low profile on this particular weekend - they definitely know when it's happening!  But this year it wasn't too bad and I actually had a good count.

Ready for viewing once I'd chased the local neighbourhood cats out of the garden.  At least most species obliged by turning up within the allotted hour.

The final count was 9 species:

Robin 1
Blue tit 2
Starling 1
Dunnock 1
House Sparrow 2
Woodpigeon 2
Collared Dove 2
Chaffinch 1
Great Tit 1

and Squirrel 1

I did miss the wren and goldfinches which are only occasional visitors but they did put in a late appearance.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Urbanbirder Talks

House Sparrow, a bird of urban areas which was...
The local RSPB group was lucky enough to arrange a talk from David Lindo the @Urbanbirder at their group meeting.

Birds are all around us and just because you live in a town or city doesn't mean you can't watch birds.

The popularity of the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch shows the variety and different species of birds you can see in your own garden.

Birds see our green and brown spaces and abandoned buildings as habitat where they can rest and refuel while on migration, feed and even nest and breed.

David has travelled around the world and in all the urban areas he's visited he manages to find surprising birds in the most unusual places - anything from raptors to waders.

The majority of people, especially in urban areas, are totally oblivious to the wildlife right on their doorstep.

#Look Up
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)