Dune Restoration

Took a shot of what appears to be the finished job, the birds returning from their long journey south are going to be in for a big surprise.

While checking one of the owl boxes this afternoon, spotted a Blue Tit considering one of the smaller boxes.

There were three male Reed Buntings at the feeders today, managed a shot of one.

Bob and Bri

Sunday 22nd February

With the loss of one pair of swans from the ponds we have now been have two new pairs trying to lay claim, and the younger pair were being encouraged to leave by the older cob , see photo.

Long-tailed tits are still frequent visitors to the feeders, see photos.

Bob and Bri

Friday 20th February

The cows were all in the area of the new salt licks this morning, they are all docile animals but just seeing cows puts some people off walking round the paths.

There were six Robins perched in the trees this morning, taking turns to fly down and pick up some newly delivered seed, one is pictured enjoying the morning sun and having a good preen.

The new pair of swans are still on the long pond, but this morning on the way back two more had dropped in on the fishing pond and the cob had a length of fishing line caught in it’s mouth and around the body. It did not come close enough to catch, but if it is still there tomorrow we will try again.

Bob and Bri

New Pair of Swans

On Sunday there were two new swans on the fishing pond and the original pen and one cygnet on the long pond, which were also there yesterday. Today the pen and her cygnet were gone and the two new swans were on the long pond.

Bob and Bri

New Fences around Natterjack Ponds

A new fence has been erected, see photos. to protect the Natterjack pond from grazing cattle. When the cows wade through for a drink or to keep cool, they can disturb or damage the toad strings and also deposit waste, which encourages the growth of the thick green algae.

Monitoring over the next few years hopefully will see an increase in the number of strings followed by larger numbers of toadlets.

Bob and Bri

12 February, 2015 21:30

Last week Bri took a photo of the three cows similar to this one and looking to the Coniston fells. The next day I climbed to the top of The Old Man of Coniston and took an image of the view looking back to Walney Island. You can just see the outline of the island in the hazy distance. It was a good day but the temperature at the top was about -15 celsius with the wind chill. Freezing.