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by Neville Root
Wed Jun 05, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Festival of Gowks
Replies: 4
Views: 259

Re: Festival of Gowks

I had to check what a gowk was as well. I recommend this book "All the Birds of the Air: The Names, Lore And Literature of British Birds", as it has loads of info on regional\localised names for birds (nothing beats the Cornwall name for a wheatear though)
by Neville Root
Mon May 27, 2019 8:19 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Eyes Lane - Croston Finney - Sollom (Canal)
Replies: 0
Views: 84

Eyes Lane - Croston Finney - Sollom (Canal)

2.30-5.30 pm - Canada goose (2), mute swan (2), shelduck (16), mallard, R-L partridge (2), sparrowhawk seen off lapwing territory, buzzard (3 incl 1 with v tattered wing), kestrel (2), moorhen (2), coot (2), oystercatcher (4), lapwing (30+), B-H gull, LBB gull (2), stock dove (60+) with 40+ rook on ...
by Neville Root
Mon May 20, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Hic Bibi
Replies: 0
Views: 102

Hic Bibi

12.30-1.15pm - buzzard (2), kestrel, BH gull (2), mallard (with single chick), swift (3, 2 over fields north of reserve and 1 over it), house martin (15, again over fields north), swallow (3), wren (several incl fledglings), c whitethroat (2), chiffchaff, blackcap, yellowhammer. Lepidoptera: speckle...
by Neville Root
Sun May 19, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: Out of Area Sightings
Topic: Lunt Meadows - Stilt Sandpiper
Replies: 3
Views: 113

Re: Lunt Meadows - Stilt Sandpiper

I couldn't resist going either, but left it late (6.00pm Sun). Didn't matter, sun was behind the sandpiper so it showed very well in the scope, with the godwits, LRP and ringed plover for size comparison. Other sightings as per, Ian but alas not one of the reputed 6 garganey's on the site was showin...
by Neville Root
Sat May 18, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Anglezarke area
Replies: 0
Views: 106

Anglezarke area

A few hours last night and early this morning around the Anglezarke area - the cool and breezy weather kept it quiet on the moors last night - kestrel hunting and catching prey and 2 crows harassing a red grouse on the ground who wasn't for moving (probably with chicks). Tawny owl flew across the Go...
by Neville Root
Thu May 16, 2019 2:20 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Twin Lakes - Croston
Replies: 0
Views: 106

Twin Lakes - Croston

12.30-1.00 pm - common tern returning to the northern lake from a westerly direction - calling and with a fish to the northern lake, BH gull (4), mallard, coot and GC grebe pairs with young, 50+ starling among rapeseed fields and flushed a few underfoot (jack snipe-like) on grassy path, swallow (3),...
by Neville Root
Tue May 14, 2019 10:05 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Anglezarke\Wheelton Moors
Replies: 0
Views: 112

Anglezarke\Wheelton Moors

6.00-9.00pm - 3 summer plumaged golden plover (including 1 that came within 20 yds in a rough field), Canada geese (2 amongst the heather), curlew, common snipe (3/4 singing their alternative song, not the drumming one), raptor flying briefly low and fast (possible female merlin), tawny owl (in wood...
by Neville Root
Wed May 08, 2019 2:34 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: High Rid Reservoir
Replies: 0
Views: 119

High Rid Reservoir

4 black terns and 2 black-necked grebes at High Rid Reservoir today - only a stone's throw from the Rivington reservoirs, so worth keeping a look out.
by Neville Root
Mon May 06, 2019 7:31 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Eyes Lane
Replies: 7
Views: 336

Re: Eyes Lane

5.00-6.45pm ...and still there perching prominently at 5.30 with the yellow wag (which was in singing mode) - they were the only 2 birds on the muck heaps. Around and over the heaps were lapwing (3), house martin (3), skylark (several), linnet, reed bunting, yellowhammer. On the other side of Eyes L...
by Neville Root
Sun May 05, 2019 6:37 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: White Coppice. 9.20-1.30
Replies: 6
Views: 250

Re: White Coppice. 9.20-1.30

8.30-11.45am - After 2 mornings of fruitless searching for a tree pipit, Nora and Tommy found one singing (but not unfortunately displaying) from a tree on the moorland path. Search of the upper reaches of Hatherlea and Stronstrey woods failed to uncover a wood warbler though. Similar sightings to N...
by Neville Root
Thu May 02, 2019 2:19 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Hic Bibi
Replies: 0
Views: 117

Hic Bibi

12.30-1.30pm - buzzard, whimbrel (41,three fields down beyond the railway bridge), grey partridge (heard), loads of BH gulls over the reserve, jay, swift, swallow (2), skylark, tree sparrow (2), 2 garden warblers having a sing off, blackcap, willow warbler, chiffchaff (2), common whitethroat (5), ye...
by Neville Root
Tue Apr 30, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Lower Burgh Meadows \ YVP
Replies: 0
Views: 124

Lower Burgh Meadows \ YVP

12.15-1.00pm - buzzard, song thrush, grey wagtail, blackcap, c whitethroat (2), sedge (2), reed and willow warbler, chiffchaff, reed bunting. Grey heron and GC grebe (2) amongst the usuals on the lodges.

Sedge warbler takes Chorley species total for the year to 122.
by Neville Root
Sun Apr 28, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Belmont
Replies: 2
Views: 163

Belmont

7.00-9.15am - Ward's Reservoir: following the rain, water level up several feet since Thursday. No sign of any toad activity. Only mallard and Can geese on the water, 2 groppers still singing away. Belmont Reservoir: greylag (17) & Canada geese, gulls (loads), GC grebe (2), curlew, black-tailed godw...
by Neville Root
Sat Apr 27, 2019 11:11 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Yellow Wagtail !
Replies: 2
Views: 224

Re: Yellow Wagtail !

Good find John and it's still around this morning showing a couple of times (between 10.00-10.35am) on the manure heap. Also several lapwing, a few singing yellowhammer, pied wagtail (3, incl a possible white).

Yellow wagtail takes Chorley species total for the year to 118
by Neville Root
Thu Apr 25, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Lower Burgh Meadow-Birkacre
Replies: 0
Views: 107

Lower Burgh Meadow-Birkacre

12.15-1.00pm LBM: buzzard (3, 1 hassled by a kestrel), stock dove (3), willow warbler, chiffchaff, c whitethroat, blackcap, reed bunting. A reasonable sized fire has destroyed an area where sedge warbler could be expected. Birkacre: Top Lodge water levels very high which will keep the waders at bay....

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