Swift Awareness Week 27th June to 5th July. Our nearest group is Bolton & Bury Swifts, who are on Facebook & Twitter.

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by Leonard Poxon
Sat Jul 04, 2020 6:38 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Great Knowley sightings
Replies: 0
Views: 34

Great Knowley sightings

Thursday 2nd. July - 16 Swift and 2 Swallows feeding over former landfill site mid-day and 5 Swift over pm. Friday 3rd. July - 1 Bullfinch (m) and 1 Whitethroat (m) in garden. Saturday 4th. July - 1 Male Siskin and 1 Tree Sparrow on feeders and 1 male Whitethroat in the garden. 3 Kestrel seen over f...
by Leonard Poxon
Sat Jun 27, 2020 8:13 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Moths for ID
Replies: 2
Views: 119

Re: Moths for ID

Thanks Peter.
by Leonard Poxon
Sat Jun 27, 2020 6:54 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Moths for ID
Replies: 2
Views: 119

Moths for ID

A couple of moths from Great Knowley, can someone ID them please.

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by Leonard Poxon
Sat Jun 27, 2020 12:24 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: House Martin
Replies: 0
Views: 72

House Martin

Noticed a pair on Eaves Lane this morning flying up to the tall building on the corner of Cobden Street. A pair nested there last year.
by Leonard Poxon
Fri Jun 26, 2020 6:30 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Botany Bay
Replies: 1
Views: 103

Re: Botany Bay

Probably Roach fry or Sticklebacks, Minnows are a species that lives in flowing water.
by Leonard Poxon
Fri Jun 26, 2020 1:04 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Great Knowley sightings
Replies: 2
Views: 127

Re: Great Knowley sightings

I don't think it would ever merit SSSI status, but it could be a possible Local Nature Reserve (LNR). It must contain thousands of voles and is a feeding station for Kestrel, Common Buzzard at least 2 species of owl and others. It had a Skylark earlier this year (previously 2 to 3 pairs) wintering C...
by Leonard Poxon
Wed Jun 24, 2020 11:53 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Ridley Lane
Replies: 2
Views: 107

Re: Ridley Lane

Nice ones Peter.
by Leonard Poxon
Wed Jun 24, 2020 10:44 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Great Knowley sightings
Replies: 2
Views: 127

Great Knowley sightings

Birds seen/heard - In former quarry/landfill area - at least 6 pairs of Reed Buntings, 2 Grasshopper Warblers seen another heard reeling, 1 pair of Sedge Warblers seen. I Common Whitethroat seen/heard. On edge of Tanhouse Brook woods - 1 Willow warbler seen/heard, 1 Chiffchaff heard, 1 Blackcap hear...
by Leonard Poxon
Wed Jun 24, 2020 10:22 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Swifts and House Martins
Replies: 0
Views: 63

Swifts and House Martins

Chorley 20 Swifts seen over Foster Street area this morning and 1 pair of House Martins. 4 Swift seen at Lyons Lane end of Eaves Lane. Coppull 6 Swifts seen on Spendmore Lane between Tansley Road and Westend Road. 6+ House Martins seen near junction of Chapel Lane and Coppull Moor Lane near to new ...
by Leonard Poxon
Wed Jun 24, 2020 10:16 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Yarrow Valley Park
Replies: 9
Views: 307

Re: Yarrow Valley Park

Nice Mandarin shots Peter.
by Leonard Poxon
Tue Jun 23, 2020 6:50 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Butterflies etc.
Replies: 2
Views: 99

Butterflies etc.

Sightings from my garden and a small portion of the former landfill site at tea time included: 3 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Large White, 20+ Meadow Brown, 2 Small Skipper, 1 Large Skipper and 3 Ringlet also hundreds (perhaps thousands) of Burnet Moths. Flora included 50-100 Common Spotted Orchid and sev...
by Leonard Poxon
Sun Jun 21, 2020 7:38 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Bee species identification
Replies: 3
Views: 155

Re: Bee species identification

Thanks Janice, that looks spot-on.
by Leonard Poxon
Sun Jun 21, 2020 4:29 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Bee species identification
Replies: 3
Views: 155

Bee species identification

Can anyone positively identify the Bee in the photograph below, found on the hillside at White Coppice on 31.05.20. My best estimation is a leaf-cutter Bee, possibly (Megachile ligniseca (f))

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by Leonard Poxon
Sun Jun 21, 2020 12:10 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Red Squirrel
Replies: 0
Views: 144

Red Squirrel

Report of one seen crossing Washington Lane, Euxton near to the junction with Whinney Lane on Thursday.
by Leonard Poxon
Fri Jun 19, 2020 10:18 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Great Knowley sightings
Replies: 0
Views: 88

Great Knowley sightings

30+ House Sparrows and 2 Tree Sparrows in the garden this morning with at least 3 pairs of House Sparrows on nests in their second round. This year has been their best season yet.

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