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 Neville Root
Sat Jun 20, 2020 2:46 pm
Forum: Out of Area Sightings
Topic: HOM - Banks Marsh - Marshside
Replies: 0
Views: 68

HOM - Banks Marsh - Marshside

First birding outside Chorley for months and early start at Hesketh OM - 3 feeding arctic terns, c.15 avocet and a perching sedge warbler the highlights. Largest flock of turnstone (44) I've ever seen in the area were at Marshside, with much larger numbers of godwits and more avocets (with young). A...
by Neville Root
Wed Jun 17, 2020 3:40 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Hobby
Replies: 6
Views: 336

Re: Hobby

28 Canada geese on Brinscall Lodge lunchtime today (17th)
by Neville Root
Tue May 19, 2020 12:18 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Buckshaw Grass verges
Replies: 10
Views: 476

Re: Buckshaw Grass verges

I work at DXC Technology on Euxton Lane, and the works grounds are still owned by BAe. The groundsmen cut the surrounding area down to golf green levels, even in May they will put an electric strimmer to bushes populated by sparrows. They will stop if asked to, but the next week they are back again ...
by Neville Root
Thu May 14, 2020 11:42 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Cetti’s Warbler Wymott Ponds update
Replies: 9
Views: 543

Re: Cetti’s Warbler Wymott Ponds update

First ever in Chorley, that's a cracking find Pete. However, now you have a new target of 9 warbler species in a morning -:)
by Neville Root
Wed May 06, 2020 11:26 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Common Bank Lodge and surrounds
Replies: 4
Views: 348

Re: Common Bank Lodge and surrounds

There was a garden warbler in the thicket near Yarrow Fm yesterday, stopped when a nearby blackcap started off on one.
by Neville Root
Wed Apr 29, 2020 9:27 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Common Bank Lodge and surrounds
Replies: 3
Views: 361

Re: Common Bank Lodge and surrounds

Whitethroat dropped into brambles next to the bridge over river leading up to Yarrow Fm at 8.00pm
by Neville Root
Mon Apr 27, 2020 10:23 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Yellow Legged Gull OR Lessor Black Backed Gull
Replies: 2
Views: 223

Re: Yellow Legged Gull OR Lessor Black Backed Gull

What can be seen of the slate grey back, seems its a LBB John.
by Neville Root
Sun Apr 19, 2020 4:23 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Out on the bike
Replies: 3
Views: 334

Re: Out on the bike

It was on the left (coming from Chorley direction) of Red Lane. There is a big field with short grass, but near the hedge (on the Eccleston side) there are a few tufts of what looks like marram grass. The gropper was either in one of the tufts or the hedge itself. Could hear it reeling nearly into E...
by Neville Root
Sun Apr 19, 2020 2:14 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Out on the bike
Replies: 3
Views: 334

Out on the bike

Rare punctureless bike ride to the west of the district: Back\Red Lane (Eccleston) - oystercatcher, several lapwing on territory, reeling grasshopper warbler was a surprise. Holker Lane - single curlew, lesser whitethroat that Ian found yesterday still singing in the hawthorn near the "If a child......
by Neville Root
Sat Apr 18, 2020 3:09 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Wymott Ponds Area
Replies: 2
Views: 178

Re: Wymott Ponds Area

The whimbrels look like they are in the same field where I spotted 45 of them on 19th April last year (although they were on my left - as I walked from the e-shaped ponds direction (there were also 28 on the other side near the prison - so 73 on your patch Peter this time last year).
by Neville Root
Fri Apr 10, 2020 8:43 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Yarrow Valley
Replies: 0
Views: 184

Yarrow Valley

From 16.45: 2 mutes and a dabchick on Common Bank lodge, dipper on Yarrow, sand martin (6) over R Yarrow nr Pincock tunnel, oystercatchers (2) in field behind Tesco's, jay, jackdaw, couple of common raptors, mistle thrush, grey wagtail (pair) on R Yarrow, blackcap (3), chiffchaff Lepidoptera: Peacoc...
by Neville Root
Tue Apr 07, 2020 1:23 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Withnell Moor
Replies: 6
Views: 366

Re: Withnell Moor

thx folks (already undertaken my 1 daily dose of exercise, so will have to hope for a flyover house martin)
by Neville Root
Tue Apr 07, 2020 8:52 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Withnell Moor
Replies: 6
Views: 366

Withnell Moor

From 6.30am: curlew (2), Canada goose (2 commuting between Brinscall Lodge and the moors), single BH gull, red grouse (3), raven, pied wagtail (3), goldfinch (2), redpoll, linnet (9), wheatear (pair), stonechat (pair), willow warbler. Willow warbler (first seen yesterday) takes Chorley species total...
by Neville Root
Sat Apr 04, 2020 4:20 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Out and about on the bike
Replies: 1
Views: 205

Re: Out and about on the bike

I went for my, ahem, 1 hour (or so) exercise in the west of the district via the bike. Probably similar to Ian's sojourn yesterday. It's the obvious loud singers you hear on the bike - chiffchaff (almost everywhere), gr tit, sparrows (in hedges), goldfinch, song thrush. Ridley lane: Buzzard, blackca...
by Neville Root
Fri Apr 03, 2020 9:02 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: West Pennine Moors
Replies: 0
Views: 156

West Pennine Moors

Taking advantage of the later evenings and dry weather (albeit a bit parky on the tops) riding onto Anglezarke moors 4 times this week (on the MTB) from Wheelton Moor in the N to Yarrow Res in the S. Curlew (seen/heard, incl 10 flying over LMV), a lot of pheasant (surprising one of these is a lot mo...

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