When I think of Blackpool I get images of the sea front, sticks of rock and the illuminations running through my mind. In terms of bird life, gulls would be the first thing that spring to mind, but there's something else flying about town. Great spotted woodpeckers! An RSPB team, along with the Blackpool Council Ranger Service, will be in Stanley Park from tomorrow, 10 am to 4:30 pm, to show everyone the birds as they go about family life. There'll be a view point set up on the path on the north side of the lake with telescopes so you can get a great close up view of all the action. So why not head to the seaside over this bank holiday and see all the action for yourself?
If you can't make it this weekend though, don't worry. The team will be there 4, 5, 11, 14, 15, 18, 22, 25 and 28 May and 3, 8, 15 and 17 June.
Blogger: Carolyn Jarvis, People Engagement Manager for the North of England
The female peregrine at Malham is still hidden behind lots of foliage, so chick numbers are going to be a surprise. They should be hatching in the next few days (all being well) and then it won’t be long until we can catch a glimpse of the new arrivals. Last weekend saw lots of peregrine action with the male keeping a watchful eye on the nest – and chasing off what we think was a rival peregrine.
And there’s more – the little owls are BACK! The cold winter of 2009 proved too much for them last year, but they’ve returned this summer and are proudly perching on their usual rock. There should be green woodpecker chicks again too; the adult pair were seen mating through a telescope, oh-er!
Sad news from Bath I'm afraid. Whilst three of the peregrine eggs in the nest hatched out successfully over the Easter weekend, unfortunately egg number 4 didn't. It's a real shame, but we're sure mum and dad will have their hands full feeding the three youngsters that are left. We'll be collecting the fourth egg when we ring the surviving chicks over the next few weeks so we can send it off for analysis and see if we can find out what happened.