by way of Thank You!
… a personal and quite unofficial THANKS to all who came and took part in the Flamborough Bird Observatory AGM and evening events on Saturday Night. I just really enjoy being a part of all that’s going on. Great community, great birding! There was an excellent turn out. Always a joy to encounter Ian (DIM) Wallace- and I got to put on the legendary ‘Tam o’ shanter/ Balmoral Bonnet’ :).
The AGM brought grateful thanks for lots of hard work and so many advances over the year- new website, new twitter account, new recording system with BTO’s Birdtrack, rare and scarce bird assessment, fantastic conservation work, new partnerships and vision vision vision for the future.
To have folk like Anthony Hurd of the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, Living Seas Centre and Keith Clarkson of RSPB Bempton reporting so enthusiastically on their new centres and our working together over Flamborough Headland, to the benefit of all the wildlife- bloomin’ marvellous!
So for this who came to my wee talk, and who now know a little of the new ‘Redpoll Code’- you should have no problem identifying these two. I subject- taken at previous Gullfests in Arctic Norway
Delighted to say Ray Scally, artist for the Challenge series: AUTUMN will be joining us at Flamborough this Saturday evening at 7:00 pm.
He will be bringing samples of work-in-progress for the new book in the CHALLENGE SERIES.
ALL WELCOME- Hope to see you there!
PS we might dip into, redpolls, auks, Old Flamborough records, new gull stuff, tricky falcons and among other things, predict the drake Steller’s Eider fly-by date
Blasts from the past…
Well we’ll make somebody laugh!!
My Personal Invitation to You
(from Martin Garner)
Saturday, 7th March 2015.
“I don’t normally do this, but feelin’ the need to say…”
We are Celebrating!
There’s a special buzz here right now. A bunch of ordinary people with extra-ordinary vision for working together. On a personal note Sharon and I have found such a warm welcome and genuine open community here. Our family has hugely benefitted from those involved in the well-known organisations locally, like the YWT Living Seas Centre, the staff at RSPB Bempton, the Yorkshire Coast Nature team, the Thornwick Vision with Green Future Buildings…. sheesh I am easily gonna forget someone.
I want to honour these people and celebrate some great progress this last 12 months. There are also some very juicy looking plans for the future.
So to help do this I am showcasing a whole bunch of new material of bird ID, vagrancy and what might turn up next all part of forthcoming ‘Challenge Series’ books.
So I invite you personally to come along and be part of the party…
Main evening gig start at 7:00pm prompt.
The Observatory AGM starts at 4:30 pm followed by a pre-booked Supper from 6:00pm. Come along to whatever you fancy! Just contact Chrys Mellor for more info (as per poster).
Next instalments in the ‘Challenge Series’
Just like today’s goose flock at Flamborough- there will be added value
4 taxa together on view today… Russian White- front, Pink-footed Goose, Greenland White-front and Greylag Goose.
………………Flamborough Bird Observatory present!
……………………A evening talk by Martin Garner
…in Yorkshire, this spring and in the next Challenge Series books.
When: Saturday 7th March 2015, 7:00 pm prompt
Where: Flamborough Head Golf Course, Lighthouse Road, Flamborough, YO15 1AR.
Part of the Observatory’s AGM
The evening is as part of the Observatory’s AGM. Open to all from 4:30 pm
4:30 FBO AGM
6:00pm pm pre-booked supper
More info on AGM and supper contact Chrys Mellor. email: chrys.mellor’at’btinternet.com
Palpita vitrealis and other migrant moths
At last. Living now at the and of Flamborough Head I expected some interesting moths. Catches in my first few weeks have been poor. However no rain and some south-easterlies overnight on 16th-17th October spurred me on together with visiting birders next door. Only a few moths but what a selection! Thanks to Burnley’s Graham Gavaghan for his ID’s.
Best of the moths was the beautiful white and delicate micro moth called Olive Tree Pearl. Billed as a migrant that normally only reaches southern coastal counties in Britain- it is therefore very rare as far north as Flamborough.
Check out this bit of info on the species from UK Moths
Two more migrants included the scarce Rusty-dot Pearl and a couple of Rush Veneers. I thought Goldcrests crossing the North Sea was pretty staggering. These things crossing such large bodies of water. Well I am into the incomprehensible zone. Just wow.
Olive Tree Pearl Palpita vitrealis 1408
Olive Tree Pearl Palpita vitrealis. Flamborough 17th October 2014
Olive Tree Pearl Palpita vitrealis. Flamborough 17th October 2014
This map below from the excellent Yorkshire Moths show the status of Olive Tree Pearl Palpita vitrealis in Yorkshire.
Rusty-dot Pearl Udea ferrugalis 1395
Some info on the species form UK Moths.
Rusty-dot Pearl Flamborough 17th October 2014
Rush Veneer Nomophila noctuella 1398
Rush Veneer, Flamborough 17th October 2014
Better go switch the trap on…
Seeing birds using habitat which you have helped create is a great feeling! Flamborough Bird Observatory (FBO) has an active team of conservation volunteers working hard to create and conserve land for birds and other wildlife.
Over the two months of September and October 2014 I will be setting out on a sponsored challenge to see or hear as many species of birds as possible within the FBO area east of (and including) Danes Dyke. The wonderful world of a ‘foot it’ challenge means for a species to be counted I must leave and return on foot to my base home near the Lighthouse! This is the ultimate local patch birding designed with maximum benefit for birds and zero carbon impact (apart from the extra CO² wheezing out of my lungs as I run for those rarities).
How Can You Help?
My target is to raise funds to enable us to improve habitat and resources for visitors in the famous Old Fall woodland and at Thornwick Pools. At Old Fall we need to manage the willows on the edge of the wood, increase the amount of sunlight getting to the pond by enhancing the glade inside the wood and plant more shrubs to improve opportunities for birds to feed lower down below the canopy. At Thornwick Pool we need to relocate the hide further back from its current position to create more mud for waders and manage the vegetation in front of the hide. All this work requires tools such as strimmers to be used by volunteers or we need to pay contractors to do the work. The more funds we have in the conservation kitty the more we can do and you can be sure every penny goes to improving habitat for wildlife!
If you would like to donate please email me firstname.lastname@example.org or at email@example.com. Every penny goes directly to the projects! I will be posting regular updates on the FBO web site fbo.co.uk so keep checking back to follow my progress.
Thornwick Pool: bringing visitors, helping people encounter nature and benefiting from investment in conservation
Juvenile Little Egret. This young is currently visiting Thornwick Pool
Juvenile Wood Sandpiper and Ruff give stunning views on Thornwick Pond. By Dave Aitken