From our Nature Diary

17th June 2011
we have seen lapwings, curlews, snipe, swifts and swallows whilst walking here today. What a nice quiet place to visit.
2nd July 2011
Farmer busy in fields, plenty of black bales, there are lots of crows, seagulls, along with curlews, lapwings and many small pheasants.

Excerpts from Nature Diary

20th June 2010
lovely site, beautiful views, good length dog walk,
viewed curlews, oyster catcher, rabbits, hare, blue tit, great tit, buzzards, chaffinches, swallows, house martins, lapwings, curlews and whinbrells.
30th June 2010
Dusk after a long hot bright day,
seen whimbrells, hare, rabbits, buzzards, pigeon, swifts, crows,seagulls, chaffinches and ' a black bunny'
2nd July 2010
lots of rabbits, curlews, lapwings, and owl, bats and great views
25th October 2010
Very frosty over night, but sunny and blue skies during the day, saw a flock of swallows, woodcock, lapwing and pheasants.
26th February 2011, by Anne and Peter B
We just love the walks up here, everything is available to see, all you need to do is keep watching.
24th February 2011
3 lapwing and 2 buzzards
25th March 2011 by Gavin T. RSPB
27 curlews, 8 lapwing, goldcrest, oyster catchers and curlews
7th May 2011, Jim Southport
3 buzzards, curlews and pheasants

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RSPB visit on Tuesday 6th April 2010 when a ‘REDKITE’ was seen

Dear Anne

Suzanna and I saw 24 Lapwing whilst doing the first of 5 Lapwing survey visits for the RSPB's Lapwing Recovery Project. Last year at about the same time there were 29 birds so perhaps the cold winter has taken its toll on some of the birds. At least 3 were on nests and we almost trod on one of the nests in the small field just to the east of the farm house (see photo).

By my reckoning this and probably 3 other eggs will be ready to hatch any time from 2nd to the 11th May.

Other waders on the farm included 25 Curlew feeding in various fields on the farm and a pair of Oystercatcher in the field in front of the bird hide. We also saw at least 9 hares.

But the most exciting sighting was a RED KITE. This was really unexpected and appeared over our heads at the same time as a Buzzard. Single Red Kites winter almost annually somewhere in Bowland but the nearest breeding area is Harewood House in Yorkshire. Other than that you would have to go to the Black Isle in Scotland, Wales or Cambridgeshire to see a Red Kite. The Kite wasn't wing-tagged so we will never know its true origin.

Jean Roberts.