Category Archives: Orchard

Birds in Orchard, Pony Wood and Flora Ponds

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First, a song thrush singing in the Orchard.

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In Pony Wood these two young magpies were waiting for an adult to feed them.

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This juvenile lapwing was by the Flora middle pond both in the morning and again in the evening yesterday.

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This oystercatcher flew in for a wash and brush-up and a drink in the evening last night.

Volunteer session 9th June 2018

Once again I forgot to post this prior to the session but here is the record of what we did.

The warm and sunny weather continued and attracted 14 volunteers to the Saturday volunteering session. Ian continued the collection of signed consent forms under the GDPR, tedious but legal.

  • We cleared round the base of new saplings:
    • Along the Pads footpath
    • In the new Pony Wood hedge
    • In the ‘Rotary Club’ extension to Pony Wood.
    • Around the meadowsweet in the wild flower margin.
  • Further work was done servicing the nosepump and preparing for a better pump system using the existing pipe.
  • At Keith’s suggestion we all assisted thinning the fruit trees of multiples.
  • A start was made on clearing the vistas in front of the Orchard benches

 

Ploughing and Wildlife

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Yesterday the arable field was ploughed and the tractor was followed by numerous Lesser Black-backed and Herring gulls.

Also seen were lapwing (2 initially and 6 at the end of the day).

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On the ploughed field we also saw a wheatear, probably on its migration to Greenland or Canada.

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Butterflies seen included tortoiseshell, orange-tip and peacock.

I have also been asked to mention that an early morning walker has seen 8 shelduck on recent mornings plus a nuthatch in the Orchard and regular hare sightings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wildlife sightings

Whilst marking out the beetle banks ready for the ploughman yesterday I put up a snipe from the marshy area alongside Aldcliffe Road and then disturbed a brown hare which ran off across the Flora Field.

On my way home a song thrush was serenading the Orchard from the trees by the Towneley Close entrance.

Stoat by the Path and Birds in the Orchard

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We saw a stoat today In the margin of Flora Field close to the Long Pads. I was attracted by something white moving around but a good view showed that it had patches of brown and black on it. Is this the transition between winter and summer coat ? The usual flock of linnets were there, startled by joggers and by the Orchard cross roads a superb male bull finch, a flock of long-tailed tits, and we heard a song thrush.