Saturday, 14 June 2014

Out For The Count.

Out in the Marshaw-Tower Lodge-Trough Bridge area yesterday, well past the time I should take a look at what's going on or not going on here.

Pied Flycatcher. Brian Rafferty.

Nothing excellent to report, but some half decent records collected with 25 species seen, including 3 Pied Flycatcher, with a pair attending a nest, and a lone female seen 10 minutes later, unless they wander further than I thought they did on food sorties in which case possibly the female of the breeding pair.

Spotted Flycatcher. Brian Rafferty. 

Also 5 Spotted Flycatcher seen as two pair attending nests and a lone bird. An average number of the species over the past couple of years in this area, but ten found in 2011. Two Common Sandpiper one of which I thought came off a nest though I failed to find one, 4 Willow Warbler, up to 12 Grey Wagtail, a Dipper, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, 6 Mistle Thrush, 5 Wren, 4 House Martin, 3 Robin two of which were young, and 2 Coal Tit

I got a distinct feeling the Redstart is in short supply in this area this year, short enough for me to have found not a single bird on my visit here yesterday. 

Thanks to Brian Rafferty for the brilliant Pied and Spotted Flycatcher images, both must see with 'clik the pik'.

And finally, I thought you may be interested in this from Greenpeace....

Hi Pete

Great news, Jewson the builders’ merchant has cleared its stores of Amazon timber!

Most logging in the Amazon rainforest is illegal, yet they were selling garden decking made from rare Amazon trees. But Jewson’s top managers came to Greenpeace HQ to meet us. We presented the 81,345 signature petition along with our dossier of evidence. Faced with this, they agreed to freeze all sales of Amazon timber.

But we’re not quite out of the woods yet because Jewson says that if its investigation clears its suppliers, they might keep on using Amazon rainforest trees to make posh decking. But we know that shouldn't happen, because Jewson is buying its decking from real crooks.

Jewson’s suppliers have £2 million in fines for illegal logging and forest destruction and one trashed a massive chunk of national park. Both have multiple convictions for faking papers, the very papers Jewson said proved its timber was legitimate.

With so many of us up in arms about its links to criminal loggers, Jewson had no choice but to stop selling this suspect timber while it works out what it has got itself into.

There’s no way that we’re going to let Jewson start selling dodgy decking again. So let’s keep up the pressure on them, and on other timber companies that are gambling with the Amazon’s future.  


Martin Jump said...

I`ve not seen a Redstart in about ten visits to the area Pete,and only so my first spotted fly on Thursday.

Pete Woodruff said...

Interesting info re the Redstart Martin, thank you.

Marc Heath said...

Thats a smart Spot Fly shot, lovely background. Keep up the good work Pete.

Noushka said...

Semi good news about Jewson, let's hope the pressure will bring a definitive halt to the destruction of the Amazon forest.
I went through all your latest posts, you chose great iamges and the info is as always very interesting!
Cheers Pete!

Pete Woodruff said...

Smart Bearded Tit shot too, but didn't expect you to make such a comment on that one Marc but I did!

Yes, looking good with Jewson and their relationship with the 'loggers' at this point.

Thanks for your kind words Noushka.