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by ianball
Sun Dec 09, 2018 10:14 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Garden Blackcap
Replies: 7
Views: 227

Re: Garden Blackcap

Interesting point. He's certainly a bruiser and I wouldn't be surprised if it's weight as he really dominates the feeders.
by ianball
Sun Dec 09, 2018 5:49 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Garden Blackcap
Replies: 7
Views: 227

Re: Garden Blackcap

Thanks Len. Was quite pleased with these through the kitchen window :-)
by ianball
Sun Dec 09, 2018 2:57 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Garden Blackcap
Replies: 7
Views: 227

Re: Garden Blackcap

Still present and bossing the feeders.
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by ianball
Sat Dec 08, 2018 11:47 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Garden Blackcap
Replies: 7
Views: 227

Re: Garden Blackcap

Male Blackcap still present this morning.
by ianball
Sun Dec 02, 2018 10:02 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Garden Blackcap
Replies: 7
Views: 227

Garden Blackcap

Male Blackcap currently showing well on feeders this morning
by ianball
Tue Nov 27, 2018 10:43 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Anglezarke Reservoir - mid afternoon
Replies: 5
Views: 183

Re: Anglezarke Reservoir - mid afternoon

I mentioned YL Gull because of the heavy bill, however I wouldn't be concerned by the chequered pattern for GBBG. One of my books uses that exact word for younger GBBG. It's most likely 2nd Winter GBBG as you thought.
by ianball
Tue Nov 27, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Anglezarke Reservoir - mid afternoon
Replies: 5
Views: 183

Re: Anglezarke Reservoir - mid afternoon

Hi Len Plumage wise it does like fine for 2nd Winter GBBG. Only concerns I have are that the head shape does not seem elongate enough for GBBG, and also I'm struggling with the back colouration in picture 3. Young YL Gulls are often said to be reminiscent of GBBGulls. If that is a lighter grey colou...
by ianball
Sat Nov 03, 2018 4:32 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Lead mine clough area .
Replies: 1
Views: 146

Re: Lead mine clough area .

Bill Aspin (via Twitter) has posted about a flock of 350 Crossbill at Lead Mine Clough today. Crikey!
by ianball
Mon Oct 29, 2018 1:49 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Chorley Golf Club
Replies: 0
Views: 228

Chorley Golf Club

Cracking morning for a round of golf with Simon. Overhead and around the course - Lesser Redpoll, Bullfinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Redwing, Skylark, Meadow Pipit. The definite highlight was a Merlin hunting in front of us by the 13th fairway and the sheep fields next to the course.
by ianball
Sun Oct 28, 2018 11:50 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Crossbills on the move
Replies: 0
Views: 118

Crossbills on the move

Last few days have seen a steady movement of Meadow Pipits, Redwing, Chaffinch and Goldfinch over the house. Best just now were 3 Common Crossbill heading east. Lots of birds moving at the moment...

Edit - forgot to add the group of Siskin (6+) that flew over on 25th
by ianball
Sat Oct 27, 2018 4:40 pm
Forum: Out of Area Sightings
Topic: Rosy Starling in St Helens
Replies: 6
Views: 228

Re: Rosy Starling in St Helens

It's a cracking bird. Lovely pictures Len :-)
by ianball
Thu Oct 25, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: Out of Area Sightings
Topic: Rosy Starling in St Helens
Replies: 6
Views: 228

Rosy Starling in St Helens

Birding tour round West Lancs drew us to the young Rosy Starling behind Frydays Chip Shop in St Helens. Incredibly confiding and not bothered by its appreciative audience. New tick for Simon :-) _MG_2449__01.jpg _MG_2443__01.jpg This was followed by stops at Martin Mere and Marshside. Ruff and Black...
by ianball
Sun Oct 21, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: Out of Area Sightings
Topic: Yorkshire sprite
Replies: 0
Views: 95

Yorkshire sprite

Visiting family in York... relaxing in the museum gardens in York. In with a mixed flock of crests and tits a very vocal Yellow Browed Warbler. A very pleasant surprise.
by ianball
Sat Oct 20, 2018 9:58 am
Forum: Out of Area Sightings
Topic: Birds moving towards Chorley
Replies: 0
Views: 97

Birds moving towards Chorley

Currently in Pleasington, already flocks of 10+ Brambling and 30+ Fieldfare over flying in the direction of the recording area.
by ianball
Tue Oct 16, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Out and about
Replies: 6
Views: 349

Re: Out and about

A few concerns compared to the bird I had earlier this year. I feel the white spots in the primaries are too extensive, the head appears rounded, there are markings on the head around the eye, plus is the bill heavy enough? The Azorean sub species of YL Gull can show this level of head markings but ...

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