Stonehenge, new discoveries


This video from England is called Cool! Technology Unearths 17 New Monuments at Stonehenge!

From daily The Morning Star in Britain today:

STONEHENGE: An extraordinary hidden complex of archaeological monuments has been uncovered around Stonehenge using hi-tech methods of scanning below the Earth’s surface, it was revealed yesterday.

The finds, dating back 6,000 years, include evidence of 17 previously unknown wooden or stone structures as well as dozens of burial mounds which have been mapped in minute detail.

Most of the monuments are merged into the landscape and are not visible to the eye. The four-year study, the largest geophysical survey ever undertaken, covered an area of 12 square kilometres and penetrated to a depth of three metres.

Stonehenge’s most intricate archaeological finds were ‘probably made by children': here.

Good hen harrier news from England


This video says about itself:

Northern Harrier (Marsh Hawk) Circus cyaneus [called hen harrier in Britain]

* Family: Accipitridae,

* Genus: Circus,

* Species: C. cyaneus,

* Phylum: Chordata,

* Class: Aves,

* Order: Falconiformes or Accipitriformes,

* Type: Bird,

* Diet: Carnivore,

* Average lifespan in the wild: about 12 years,

* Size: 45–55 cm long with a 97–118 cm wingspan,

* Weight: average of 350 g to 530 g,

** The northern harrier is a sleek bird of prey with a long, narrow tail. The adult male is a pale gray color and the female has a brown back and brown-streaked belly.

More info here and here.

From Wildlife Extra:

Future for hen harriers looking bright in the Peak District

With the fledging of five hen harrier chicks, it seems that hen harriers are once again breeding successfully in the Peak District for the first time in eight years.

This is great news for the hen harrier, as the bird has been at serious threat in England for over sixty years, with their numbers declining primarily due to illegal persecution. In 2013 just two breeding pairs were reported in England, and no young fledged [for the first time] in over fifty years.

The hen harriers were nesting on land cared for by the National Trust in the Upper Derwent Valley. In late April 2014, two male hen harriers and a female were seen sky-dancing, which is the spectacular aerobatic mating routine of the birds. Then in early August, a nest containing five chicks was discovered by Geoff Eyre, a local National Trust shooting tenant. He alerted the Peak District Birds of Prey Initiative, who put a nest watch team in place to monitor the nest daily.

The Trust puts the success down to collaboration with a wide partnership of people and organisations, who all share the goal of protecting the birds and their nest as part of the National Trust’s High Peak Moors Vision, aiming to restore birds of prey in the area. “Having hen harriers breed successfully here in the Peak District is wonderful news,” comments Jon Stewart, the National Trust’s General Manager for the Peak District, “and would not have been possible without the hard work and commitment of all the people and organisations involved, which has been truly inspiring.”

The Trust continues to work closely with tenants and partners of the area, including the grouse-shooting community, in order to pursue the goal of its High Peak Moors Vision, which is committed to increasing the number of birds of prey on National Trust land in the Peak District.

Commenting on the fledging of the hen harrier chicks, Jon Stewart says: “This success is the first step towards a sustainable future for these magnificent birds; a future that can only be achieved by everyone continuing to work together, both here and across the English uplands.”

If you are lucky enough to see a hen harrier in the wild, the National Trust and the RSPB encourage you to report the sighting. You can do this via calling the hen harrier hotline on 0845 4600121, or emailing henharriers@rspb.org.uk. Please be prepared to include the date and location of the sighting, and a six-figure grid reference where possible.

Slimbridge, England bird news


This video from England says about itself:

Wildlife Weekly Slimbridge – Episode 34

8 August 2014

A moo-vie about a rare bird which likes cows

Attractive Cattle egrets have been feeding alongside the cows this week creating excitement at Slimbridge.

Meanwhile wader numbers are soaring offering spectacular birdwatching opportunities but the avocets still aren’t happy!

Today from Slimbridge Sightings, on Twitter:

Knott Hide: 30+ Blackcap, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Treeceeper, 6 Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat and Tit flock.

Also today from Slimbridge Sightings:

Spotted Redshank and 50 Wigeon on the Top New Piece.

English osprey’s autumn migration


This video from the USA is called Osprey Migration: New Hampshire to The Amazon.

From Rutland Ospreys in England:

She’s off – 1000km in two days!

By Tim on September 2, 2014

As Kayleigh reported earlier today, things have been turning distinctly autumnal at Rutland Water in the past few days. One by one the Ospreys have been heading south, and we now know that our satellite-tagged bird, 30(05) is one of them. The latest data from her satellite transmitter shows that at 6am this morning, 30 was in northern Spain, 20 kilometres to the east of San Sebastiàn having set-off from Rutland on Sunday morning.

We don’t know exactly what time 30 left the Rutland Water area on Sunday, but it must have been fairly early because at 10am her transmitter showed that she was in northern Buckinghamshire, midway between Banbury and Milton Keynes, flying purposefully south at an altitude of 550 metres. She made excellent progress over the next four hours, continuing south through Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Hampshire at altitudes of between 500 and 1000 metres. By 2pm she had flown 151 km in four hours and was 1230 metres above the Isle of Wight with the English Channel in her sights. She made light work of the crossing to France and by 6pm GMT she was flying south through Lower Normandy. She eventually settled to roost for the night on the edge of a small wood, 55km west of Le Mans after a day’s flight of at least 520 kilometres.

Next morning 30 was on the move at first light because at 7am local time (6am GMT) she was already 46km south of her overnight roost site, and was flying due south at 31kph. She paused briefly on the edge of a small copse at 8am, but by 9am she was on the wing again, passing over the River Loire soon afterwards. Four hours later she was passing just to the west of La Rochelle at an altitude of 1500 metres. She had already covered 210 kilometres but was showing no signs of letting-up. Using the west coast of France to guide her, 30 flew another 290 kilometres during the afternoon and by 7pm she was just north of the town of Capbreton in the south of France. On Google Earth the area around Capbreton looks good for fishing and by 9pm 30 had settled for the evening in a forested area just north of Ondres having almost certainly caught a fish in one of the nearby lakes. Over the course of the day she had flown another 510 kilometres; another excellent day’s migration.

This morning 30 was on the move early again. Like the previous day, she had already flown another 40km by 7am local time, passing Biarritz and then across the Spanish border. By this evening she may well be close to Madrid. It will be fascinating to see how far she has flown when the next batch of data comes in.

Don’t forget that you can also view 30′s migration on your own version of Google Earth. To find out how, click here.

English birds news update


This May 2014 video from England is called Wildlife Weekly Slimbridge – Episode 21.

A Twitter message from Slimbridge in England says today:

South Lake- 65 Redshank, 47 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Gre[e]n Sandpiper, 16 Ruff, 99 Teal and 123 Shoveler.

Tern migration in England


This video is called Arctic Tern Migration Google Earth Tour Video.

Spurn Bird Observatory in England writes in a Twitter message about today :

Best tern roost movement this year, 1 Roseate [tern], 2 Black [tern], 24 Sarnie [Sandwich tern], 6 Arctic [tern], 10,360 Common Tern south.