Crook of Baldoon

Crook of Baldoon

Crook of Baldoon
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Crook of Baldoon

  • Flaming June 2018

    It seems an age since my last post with all the surveys for the breeding season and other activities so now seems like a good time for a catch up.

    The season has gone well although it had patchy start with the local farm operations attracting in hundreds of herring and lesser black back gulls into the two lagoons to wash themselves after scrabbling through the plough land looking for tasty morsels just as the first lapwing eggs were hatching. Gulls being opportunists took advantage of the bite size morsels hungrily running around looking for a meal themselves but even with the best efforts of the adults shepherding their young out of harm’s way and drive the gulls away we did lose a number of eggs and young ones. However the adults are quite resilient and re-nested quite quickly. So the initial 9 pairs breeding have had several attempts to get a brood away. In fact one nest has hatched about 6 days ago giving a laying date of around the last week of May how many times they re-tried I cannot say but it does show a determination to carry forward their genetic material.

    Our other main concern was the breeding redshank which although more cryptic in there nesting behavior the watchful eyes of avian predators such as the gulls but I am glad to say from a potential 5 pairs in 2017 we have counted 8 pairs this year and from there displays and general raucous calling they have young and having seen 5 chicks so far three being fully feathered I looks like they may well improve on last years productivity.

       

    The other factor that is has had great influence this month is the weather as my title alludes. What a spring into summer we have had the volunteers and I have been recuing tadpoles from drying up puddles, the lagoons are drying at an alarming rate but shall last out the breeding season now. The cattle are back on the Saltmarsh and doing a fine job of grazing it. They will soon to move into the northern fields so we can get these field grazed down allowing us to mow the rush in July.   

  • Marsh Harrier visits the Crook

    This morning while on early morning survey I had a wonderful sight of an adult female mash harrier we have reports most years of an odd bird passing through and this year I was in the right place at the right time. While I was doing a passerine survey along the edge of the reserve the lapwing started alarm calling a mobbing a large raptor usually a buzzard but this time it was not flying in buzzard fashion more harrier style. On closer inspection with the binoculars yes an harrier but not a hen but a marsh it disappeared behind the trees so carried on with my survey.

    Later doing a look over the lagoons for young lapwings the commotion started again and mallard were involved as well soon found her again hunting ducking’s in the rushes. So manages to get some video off which I have managed to get this still.


    As an aside referring to my previous blog to day 12 black tailed godwits on the same area unfortunately no colour rings.


  • Portuguese visitors to the Crook of Baldoon

    Good Morning I thought I would share a bit of interesting news from the Crook. Since I studied ornithology and conservation I have had an interest in the ringing and especially the colour ringing of wildlife and tracking.

    On the 27th April we had three Black tailed godwits on lagoon 1 a male and two females I noted  the male had colour rings red over black and white over green flag. 

    Looking through the data it would seem this bird has travelled in past years through France and Holland on its passage migration why the change in route we can but speculate from feeding habitat loss to prevailing winds and bad weather I think you the reader would agree it is a wonderful bit of science that lets us peek into the world of wildlife. Please take not of any colour rings you see it may seem trivial but but added up it make a whole lot of difference to the funding of conservation science.

     

    RN-WGflag was ringed as an adult male (top line is ringing) and has been recorded since at:

     

    14.03.10 Seixal Tank, Tagus Estuary, Setúbal, W Por

    16.03.10 Seixal Bay, Tagus Estuary, Setúbal, W Por

    19.03.10 Seixal Bay, Tagus Estuary, Setúbal, W Por

    10.10.10 Corroios, Tagus Estuary, Setúbal, W Por

    24.11.10 Barreiro, Tagus Estuary, Setúbal, W Por

    20.12.10 Barreiro, Tagus Estuary, Setúbal, W Por

    22.12.10 Barreiro, Tagus Estuary, Setúbal, W Por

    23.12.10 Seixal Bay, Tagus Estuary, Setúbal, W Por

    24.12.10 Seixal Bay, Tagus Estuary, Setúbal, W Por

    29.12.10 Seixal Bay, Tagus Estuary, Setúbal, W Por

    06.01.11 Seixal Tank, Tagus Estuary, Setúbal, W Por

    10.01.11 Barreiro, Tagus Estuary, Setúbal, W Por

    18.01.11 Barreiro, Tagus Estuary, Setúbal, W Por

    03.02.11 Barreiro, Tagus Estuary, Setúbal, W Por

    13.02.11 Barreiro, Tagus Estuary, Setúbal, W Por

    16.02.11 Moita, Tagus Estuary, Setúbal, W Por

    07.11.11 Seixal Tank, Tagus Estuary, Setúbal, W Por

    08.11.11 Seixal Tank, Tagus Estuary, Setúbal, W Por

    14.02.12 Coina, Tagus Estuary, Setúbal, W Por

    24.02.12 Coina, Tagus Estuary, Setúbal, W Por

    08.04.12 Zuidhoeksterpolder, Wommels, Friesland, N Neth

    10.04.12 Zuidhoeksterpolder, Wommels, Friesland, N Neth

    18.04.12 Zuidhoeksterpolder, Wommels, Friesland, N Neth

    21.04.12 Zuidhoeksterpolder, Wommels, Friesland, N Neth

    22.04.12 Zuidhoeksterpolder, Wommels, Friesland, N Neth

    01.11.12 Seixal Tank, Tagus Estuary, Setúbal, W Por

    04.11.12 Barreiro, Tagus Estuary, Setúbal, W Por

    04.11.12 Seixal Tank, Tagus Estuary, Setúbal, W Por

    12.11.12 Seixal Tank, Tagus Estuary, Setúbal, W Por

    19.02.13 Alhos Vedros, Tagus Estuary, Setúbal, W Por

    22.02.13 Alhos Vedros, Tagus Estuary, Setúbal, W Por

    26.02.13 Alhos Vedros (Gas Station), Tagus Estuary, Setúbal, W Por

    01.10.13 Corroios, Tagus Estuary, Setúbal, W Por

    30.01.14 Corroios, Tagus Estuary, Setúbal, W Por

    24.02.15 Corroios Mill, Tagus Estuary, Setúbal, W Por

    23.02.16 Corroios Mill, Tagus Estuary, Setúbal, W Por

    16.04.16 Le Bouclard, Le Guérinière, Vendée, W Fra

    17.02.17 Moita, Tagus Estuary, Setúbal, W Por

    19.02.18 Corroios, Tagus Estuary, Setúbal, W Por

    27.04.18 Crook of Baldoon, Wigtown Bay, Wigtownshire, W Sco

     

    It is nice to know that the work we are doing creating wetlands and feeding areas for long distance migrants are being affective since writing the above several more sightings of parties of black tails have been seen unfortunately no more with colour markings