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Saturday, 27 February 2016

One from the past

Image taken this time last year. I hope that is allowed (?)  -but I thought it quite amusing.

Friday, 26 February 2016

Birds at Cromwell

            Birds seen at Cromwell Bottom today, didn't
            manage to spot the Mink that was hanging about
            which was seen by Nigel up by the weir just before
            we put the world to rights, no Willow/Marsh Tit to
            be seen though the wife & me had a good scout for it.

                                          Why did I do it


A piece about jays on a BTO blog that might be of interest:

Thursday, 25 February 2016

A quiet afternoon

It was a quiet afternoon today at the bird feeding area.  Nothing beyond the usual suspects: blue tits, great tits, chaffinch, robin, bullfinch, dunnock and magpie.  As I was leaving about 5 pm, a couple told me they had just seen a deer head from the Tag Cut area towards the river up over the meadow.  I didn't get to see it, but they were quite excited with their sighting.  Is it usual to see a deer in this area of the reserve?

Monday, 15 February 2016

A few images from last Thursday 11th February

Work Day Saturday 13th of February

Our work day on the 13th was very successful. Almost 30 volunteers arrived to plant saplings on a recently cleared area of the site. Several hundred of several species of bushes and small trees were planted over a large area.
The Elland Round Table came along as did young members of the 17th Linthwaite Explorers. They all did a sterling job. Thank you all. Hot drinks were supplied in the Cabin.

Volunteers arrive

Some of the 100's of saplings 

Hot drinks and lunch 

Members of the 17th Linthwaite Explorers

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Cromwell Birds Today

         Cromwell birds that I've seen today in a 2 hour spell
         and a big applause for the members who were hard
         at work near the cabin today.

         Bullfinch, Chaffinch,
         Blue, Coal, Great and Long Tailed Tits,
         Sparrowhawk fly through,
         2 Goldcrest by the ponds,
         1 Pied Wagtail between canal and river near bridge,
         1 Jay in same place,
         6 Comorant on ski lake and lots of Gulls,
         1 Goosander on river near the weir,
         2 Dunnock, 2 Blackbirds, 2 Wren,
         what looked like a Raven but not 100%,
         Crows and Magpies.

                                          Claremount  Ravens for Steve

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Returning Birds

Water Rail, Siskins & Redpolls seen down at CBNR today
great to see these birds turning up on the site again.

Friday, 5 February 2016

National Nest Box Week

NNBW takes place each year from 14-21 February, and after more than 15 years it is now an established part of the ornithological calendar.

For further information please look at this link:

Thanks to Margaret for alerting me to this.