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by Paul Whittaker
Sun Jul 07, 2019 10:40 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Hummingbird Hawkmoth
Replies: 1
Views: 147

Hummingbird Hawkmoth

One observed this morning in the courtyard at Home Farm Mews, Grape Lane, Croston
by Paul Whittaker
Tue Oct 09, 2018 2:56 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Ladybirds
Replies: 4
Views: 502

Ladybirds

It’s a pleasant afternoon to be in the garden here in Croston and I have just estimated that there are currently over 1000 Ladybirds on my house wall which is in the afternoon sun - different sizes, colours and numbers of spots. Looking across the garden toward the nearby woodland the air if full of...
by Paul Whittaker
Fri May 26, 2017 8:12 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Hobby
Replies: 1
Views: 1046

Hobby

Lack of posting from me this year! I will try to do better.
A Hobby seen over the SE corner of North Park, Croston on 3 separate occasions this week. All early evening on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.
by Paul Whittaker
Sat Jan 07, 2017 3:19 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Some casual local sightings
Replies: 0
Views: 413

Some casual local sightings

Not been out the past couple of days but have spotted a pair of Goosander in flight along the Yarrow heading downstream towards Croston. Also, the Grape Lane Tawny Owls have found their voices the last 2 nights. Interesting sightings from my garden include a Buzzard which is often perched on the wal...
by Paul Whittaker
Thu Jan 05, 2017 7:03 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Around Croston today
Replies: 2
Views: 956

Re: Around Croston today

Hi Neil, interesting how things can be different just an hour apart. I was there between 2.30 and 3.30 I guess. Today I saw the egrets initially in a ditch at the west end of the Twin Lakes but they flew out towards Croston Finney. Later they were flying some distance away over towards the E-shaped ...
by Paul Whittaker
Thu Jan 05, 2017 6:21 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Around Croston today
Replies: 2
Views: 956

Around Croston today

2 Little Egret still around the sewage works area mid afternoon and also seen in flight over the village centre. A Barn Owl was hunting the fields between the sewage works and railway. Twin Lakes was mostly iced over although many BH Gulls were on the ice with a couple of GC Grebes, 20 Mallard, 2 Co...
by Paul Whittaker
Tue Jan 03, 2017 4:28 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Woodcock
Replies: 0
Views: 496

Woodcock

Mid-afternoon walk into the village turned up the unusual sight of 3 Woodcock in flight over the horse paddocks between the river and Carver's Farm.
Probably disturbed by extensive brush cutting going on in the Old Hall grounds. Nothing else of note today.
by Paul Whittaker
Thu Dec 29, 2016 11:49 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Short-eared Owl
Replies: 3
Views: 1018

Short-eared Owl

Heading out of Croston this afternoon by train to Preston, saw a SEO hunting over the fields between the railway and Marl Cop, Bretherton (behind the E-shaped pond). Also many Lapwing on the fields near Cocker Bar and a flock of c.50 Skylark.
by Paul Whittaker
Fri Oct 28, 2016 12:29 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Late Postings incl. Whooper Swan
Replies: 0
Views: 429

Late Postings incl. Whooper Swan

Apologies for not keeping up to date but here are a few recent sightings from around Croston. 12th October. 11 Pied Wagtails took up residence on the roofs around Home Farm Mews on Grape Lane. At least 5 were 'alba' race. Some were still around on 25th. On 14th October a Grey Heron appeared on the r...
by Paul Whittaker
Tue Sep 20, 2016 9:33 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: More Pinkfeet
Replies: 0
Views: 414

More Pinkfeet

Small flock heard this morning over Corn Mill area. Can't put a number to that as it was about 6.00am and I was still in bed - lacking commitment I'm afraid!! Also Chiffchaff singing again yesterday afternoon along Grape Lane. Garden visitors starting to build up and included a Grey Wagtail yesterda...
by Paul Whittaker
Fri Sep 16, 2016 4:50 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Own garden
Replies: 2
Views: 952

Re: Own garden

And another on Grape Lane, Croston yesterday!
by Paul Whittaker
Fri Sep 16, 2016 11:33 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Pink-footed Geese over Croston
Replies: 1
Views: 665

Pink-footed Geese over Croston

2 small skeins high over Croston North Park this morning at 7.30am.About 30 birds heading towards the coast.
by Paul Whittaker
Fri Sep 09, 2016 7:44 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Croston Wheatear
Replies: 0
Views: 309

Croston Wheatear

Adult male (in autumn plummage) Wheatear on a garage roof this evening in Croston village! I guess it will have been grounded by the poor weather conditions.
by Paul Whittaker
Wed Jun 15, 2016 12:20 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Hobby - Eyes Lane
Replies: 0
Views: 486

Hobby - Eyes Lane

A Hobby was present this morning about 8.30 as I cycled across Red Bridge on Eyes Lane. Also 2 Oystercatcher there. Further along between the river and canal I rode up to an adult Lapwing with 3 young which were standing at the roadside and didn't seem to mind my presence. I'm surprised how many bir...
by Paul Whittaker
Sat Jun 11, 2016 9:15 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Great Spotted Woodpecker
Replies: 0
Views: 466

Great Spotted Woodpecker

Juvenile in garden this evening being fed by adult female.

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