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by ianball
Sat Jun 06, 2020 8:16 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Finney Lane, Bretherton
Replies: 0
Views: 8

Finney Lane, Bretherton

That time of year again for checking the farmland... Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Linnet, Yellowhammer, Skylark, Oystercatcher (with hidden young), 12 Lapwing, 2 Curlew over.
by ianball
Sat Jun 06, 2020 5:43 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Common Bank Lodge and surrounds
Replies: 0
Views: 24

Common Bank Lodge and surrounds

Enjoyed close encounters with a few families of birds this afternoon (young in brackets) : Little Grebe (3) and Mallard (8) on the lodge, Whitethroat (4), Mandarin (6+) on the river, Treecreeper (2+) and Robin (2+) 100+ Common Spotted Orchid in one 10 sq metre area of meadow. 2 hybrid 'marsh' Orchid...
by ianball
Thu Jun 04, 2020 5:29 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Yarrow Meadows
Replies: 0
Views: 58

Yarrow Meadows

Privileged to watch the third Buzzard chick leave it's nest and take its first 'clumsy' flight this afternoon. Soon got the hang of it and joined its two siblings and parents above the valley. Lots of Orchids seen - 50+ Common Spotted and 10+ 'Marsh'. Still plenty of Martin's and Swift's around. The...
by ianball
Wed Jun 03, 2020 5:44 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Yarrow Meadows
Replies: 1
Views: 67

Re: Yarrow Meadows

Looks like the darker Orchids are hybrids linked to Marsh Orchid.
by ianball
Wed Jun 03, 2020 5:23 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Yarrow Meadows
Replies: 1
Views: 67

Yarrow Meadows

Highlight this afternoon was hunting 2nd year Hobby, paler thighs than the adult seen a few weeks ago. Again, an increase in hirundines and, especially, Swift's. 20+ Swift seen. Little Grebe, Moorhen, Coot and Grey Wagtail young active and noisy on the lodge and river. New group of Orchids found nea...
by ianball
Mon Jun 01, 2020 10:05 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Common Bank Lodge and surrounds
Replies: 3
Views: 139

Re: Common Bank Lodge and surrounds

Cheers Len, I was happy with this from my phone camera.
by ianball
Mon Jun 01, 2020 6:26 pm
Forum: Butterfly Species and other insects - First Dates
Topic: Painted Lady
Replies: 0
Views: 27

Painted Lady

Single Painted Lady seen this afternoon in Withnell Fold near the cricket pitch. Red Admiral as well.
by ianball
Mon Jun 01, 2020 4:52 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Common Bank Lodge and surrounds
Replies: 3
Views: 139

Common Bank Lodge and surrounds

An afternoon for fledglings. Young of Chiffchaff, Bullfinch, Robin, Mistle Thrush, Nuthatch and GSW around the lodge. Little Grebe family very noisy :-) Many orchids now flowering on the meadows. Common Spotted numerous (20+) seen and what I believe to be Early Marsh Orchid (sub-species pulchella) -...
by ianball
Sun May 31, 2020 9:36 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: House Martins
Replies: 0
Views: 54

House Martins

3 new active nests found on the Gillibrand North estate taking it to 7 in total at the moment. Best one is the one directly opposite my house - lovely to watch.
by ianball
Sun May 31, 2020 11:59 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Common Bank Lodge and surrounds
Replies: 4
Views: 108

Re: Common Bank Lodge and surrounds

Cheers Len. Enjoying your photos too 😀
by ianball
Sun May 31, 2020 11:38 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Common Bank Lodge and surrounds
Replies: 4
Views: 108

Re: Common Bank Lodge and surrounds

...and a few more...
by ianball
Sun May 31, 2020 11:37 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Common Bank Lodge and surrounds
Replies: 4
Views: 108

Common Bank Lodge and surrounds

Little Grebe and 3 young present. Coot and Moorhen with young and the 2 Mute Swans on the lodge. 2nd pair of Moorhen on small pond on the meadow. 3 young Grey Wagtail mooching about, and wonder if GSW young have fledged, lots of noise from the trees. Nuthatch nest in the wall of the road bridge! Ree...
by ianball
Sun May 31, 2020 11:20 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Orchids
Replies: 1
Views: 77

Orchids

Orchids starting to appear on Yarrow Meadows - thought at first when started flowering some were Northern Marsh Orchid (due to colour) but now that flower head has grown more - not sure if Early Marsh Orchid? Help appreciated - image attached.
Thanks, Ian
by ianball
Sun May 31, 2020 9:57 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Carpenter Bee.
Replies: 5
Views: 180

Re: Carpenter Bee.

All black Bee seen this morning by Common Bank Lodge. Presume Carpenter Bee?
by ianball
Sat May 30, 2020 11:17 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Yarrow Meadows
Replies: 0
Views: 81

Yarrow Meadows

Walked length of meadows from Yarrow Farm to Dob Brow, and back. Tried to assess number of active territories. Blackcap 9 (1 pair had fledged young) Whitethroat 3 Garden Warbler 2 Chiffchaff 5 Nuthatch 2 Treecreeper 2 GSW 1 Greenfinch 2 Chaffinch 1 Reed Bunting 1 Sand Martin 2 Grey Wagtail 1 Pied Wa...

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