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by Mervyn Thornhill
Tue Oct 29, 2019 8:26 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Giant fungus in Duxbury
Replies: 1
Views: 135

Giant fungus in Duxbury

The attached photo shows a fungus on a dead beech stump in Duxbury gardens. It is about 40cm across and, although we are regular visitors we haven't noticed it before today, so I assume it is this years - it looks fresh enough. My wife is there not just to add glamour but also a sense of scale.
by Mervyn Thornhill
Sat Oct 26, 2019 12:03 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: hedgehog
Replies: 0
Views: 160

hedgehog

A hedgehog is still in my garden every night and taking food. It's been there all summer and occasionally we have two but I haven't seen any offspring this year.
by Mervyn Thornhill
Fri Sep 13, 2019 8:56 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Alder Leaf Beetles with Friend
Replies: 3
Views: 237

Re: Alder Leaf Beetles with Friend

A small alder in Astley park was full of these and in process of being stripped bare (by the beetles or by their larvae? - although I only saw the beetles) on 11th September.
by Mervyn Thornhill
Sun Aug 11, 2019 2:36 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: my garden
Replies: 1
Views: 242

Re: my garden

Those who read my original of 31st July will have wondered what it was all about. When I look back I think the site didn't accept my photos for some reason but I think it will now. Perhaps my original will now make sense.
by Mervyn Thornhill
Wed Jul 31, 2019 8:49 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: my garden
Replies: 1
Views: 242

my garden

On the dead tree in my garden at the moment is this regular visitor (see photo1 or possibly 2). This exact same spot (see second picture or possibly first) is a lookout post for many birds and the tree is a nesting site for great tits and nuthatches and (once) for GS woodpecker. The garden has been ...
by Mervyn Thornhill
Wed Jul 24, 2019 9:08 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Fish in River Yarrow
Replies: 5
Views: 474

Fish in River Yarrow

Yesterday I walked the Yarrow between Armetriding and Pincock in Euxton and didn't see a single fish although all the pools were well lit. It was the same last time I walked it, about a month ago. About 5-6 years ago this part of the river and other parts which I regularly walk, such as Dob Brow, Bi...
by Mervyn Thornhill
Tue Jul 16, 2019 8:48 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Swifts.
Replies: 16
Views: 1082

Re: Swifts.

At least 8 and probably several more over my house (SE Euxton) about an hour ago but no sign of them now and none at all last night when I was looking out for them.
by Mervyn Thornhill
Sat Jun 08, 2019 8:09 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: GS Woodpeckers
Replies: 0
Views: 162

GS Woodpeckers

3 GS woodpeckers (1 adult 2 juveniles) on the dead oak in my garden for about 10 minutes this morning. The dead oak attracts many birds looking for either food or a viewpoint and is a regular nesting site for great tits and nuthatch (both have used it already this year)
by Mervyn Thornhill
Wed May 29, 2019 3:27 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Cotton Grass on Winter Hill
Replies: 0
Views: 253

Cotton Grass on Winter Hill

I haven't noticed any comments about the fantastic display of cotton grass on Winter Hill. The whole of the top is white and, in sunshine from the M6, it looks as though the hill is covered in snow. I have never seen it look like this before. Interestingly, the huge area it occupies is that badly da...
by Mervyn Thornhill
Sun Dec 16, 2018 8:46 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Garden Fungus
Replies: 1
Views: 365

Garden Fungus

(if the attachment works - this is my first time of adding a photo). The attachment shows a fungus growing out of my leaf compost bin. Its the colour of fresh liver and the larger piece is about 4 inches across. Anyone know what it is please - I can't identify it in my books
by Mervyn Thornhill
Thu Dec 13, 2018 8:50 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Nuthatch behaviour
Replies: 2
Views: 419

Re: Nuthatch behaviour

Oddly enough, my wife has today watched another (or the same) nuthatch carefully deposit a peanut in the gap between flags in the front garden and then remove it and place it in a better gap.
by Mervyn Thornhill
Tue Dec 04, 2018 2:20 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Nuthatch behaviour
Replies: 2
Views: 419

Nuthatch behaviour

I have just watched a nuthatch (they nest in the garden and are always present) extract a peanut from the feeders and bury it in a plant pot on the patio. I haven't seen them do that before but have often found peanuts in the pots and assumed it was down to the squirrels. PS on a non connected issue...
by Mervyn Thornhill
Tue Oct 09, 2018 8:07 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Fieldfares at Rivington Gardens
Replies: 0
Views: 296

Fieldfares at Rivington Gardens

100 + noisy fieldfares at the start of a walk into Rivington Gardens from the car park at the north of the site. They moved on and we didn't come across them again
by Mervyn Thornhill
Tue Apr 03, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Euxton weasel
Replies: 0
Views: 310

Euxton weasel

A weasel ran across Pear Tree Lane in Euxton this am. It came off the site where they are building the large new estate so it probably won't be there much longer.
by Mervyn Thornhill
Fri Jun 23, 2017 8:09 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Chorley walk 20 6 17
Replies: 0
Views: 631

Chorley walk 20 6 17

I went for a walk in the very hot weather with an old friend (not from Chorley) from the A6 at Duxbury, through the YVP and Common Bank into Astley Park and have to say that Chorley did me and itself proud. Duxbury Woods, beautiful with frequent large fish in the river and plenty of interest on the ...

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