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by ianball
Sat Sep 21, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Common Bank Lodge
Replies: 0
Views: 38

Common Bank Lodge

This afternoon the two Little Grebes were on opposite sides of the water but no sign of any young. Emperor Dragonfly on the lodge and Migrant Hawker down by the river. Chiffchaff calling and GS Woodpecker. Comma, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell and Green-veined White.
by ianball
Sat Sep 21, 2019 1:01 pm
Forum: Out of Area Sightings
Topic: Lunt Meadows American Golden Plover
Replies: 1
Views: 30

Re: Lunt Meadows American Golden Plover

Missed them this morning as they'd been flushed by a Marsh Harrier (they are now back!!!) but made up for it with the Red Necked Phalarope at Marshside (which Neil was set to hopefully enjoy when we bumped into him).
by ianball
Sat Sep 14, 2019 2:58 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Withnell Fold CC
Replies: 0
Views: 79

Withnell Fold CC

Hobby flew through lazily this afternoon whilst I was waiting to bat. Buzzard too. Still a few Swallows and House Martins around. Painted Lady and Small Tortoiseshell, Brown Hawker on the outfield.
by ianball
Sat Sep 14, 2019 12:14 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Raptor - Yarrow Valley (Dob pastures)
Replies: 0
Views: 86

Raptor - Yarrow Valley (Dob pastures)

Annoyed I didn't have my bins. Large buzzard sized raptor flown through and circled for a while above dob pasture 3. Always on flat wings, slightly drooped on occasion. Last seen high and heading wsw just before 12.
by ianball
Mon Sep 09, 2019 7:58 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Garden Yellow Wagtail
Replies: 0
Views: 84

Garden Yellow Wagtail

Groups of Meadow Pipit were moving through with the rain this evening over the playing fields on Gillibrand north and my back garden (dog walking whatever the weather :-)) Highlight was a Yellow Wagtail calling loudly with one of the small groups, heading in the direction of Winter Hill.
by ianball
Mon Sep 09, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: Out of Area Sightings
Topic: Anglesey
Replies: 2
Views: 98

Re: Anglesey

Thanks Len. Great pictures of the Wheatear by the way. Glad you connected. Fingers crossed now for Black-eared when the DNA analysis is complete :-)
by ianball
Wed Sep 04, 2019 3:44 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Swifts
Replies: 9
Views: 345

Re: Swifts

Single bird over Lower Rivington reservoir this afternoon. Kingfisher seen a couple of times along the shoreline.
by ianball
Sun Sep 01, 2019 5:53 pm
Forum: Out of Area Sightings
Topic: Black-eared or Pied Wheatear - Fluke Hall
Replies: 3
Views: 170

Black-eared or Pied Wheatear - Fluke Hall

Write up of our trip to Fluke Hall to see the reported Eastern Black-eared Wheatear. I'm sure there will still be some discussion to finalise this species and not Pied Wheatear. Great views though 😀
https://nobbyball.blogspot.com/?m=1
by ianball
Sat Aug 31, 2019 10:21 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Common Bank Lodge - interesting woodpecker...
Replies: 3
Views: 152

Re: Common Bank Lodge - interesting woodpecker...

At the beginning of April I had what I thought was Nuthatch doing a LSW Impression - although I never saw the bird and made the comment as there were Nuthatch in the area doing their usual call. Joyce Riley had been in contact with me back then and told me about the history of LSW in this area. Cert...
by ianball
Sat Aug 31, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: Out of Area Sightings
Topic: Anglesey
Replies: 2
Views: 98

Anglesey

Just spent a wonderful week on Anglesey. A fantastic cottage on the Valley Lakes RSPB reserve. I've written up the full week on my blog https://nobbyball.blogspot.com/?m=1 Main highlight were the Chough feeding outside the cottage, but every day brought something new. For those who like to stay some...
by ianball
Sat Aug 31, 2019 7:30 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Common Bank Lodge - interesting woodpecker...
Replies: 3
Views: 152

Common Bank Lodge - interesting woodpecker...

A woodpecker 'single note' calling in trees near the dam. Shorter and higher pitched than the expected Great Spotted Woodpecker call. Very good match for Lesser Spot on Xeno-canto. Bird not seen though. Great Spotted Woodpecker also on the meadow and noticeably different call. The Little Grebe's hav...
by ianball
Wed Aug 21, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Dob brow pastures 3 and surrounds
Replies: 0
Views: 91

Dob brow pastures 3 and surrounds

Hobby seen off by a Kestrel this evening over the meadow. Great comparison of the two falcons. House Martin group contained a single Swift. Cormorant on Common Bank Lodge earlier. Grey Wagtail and Dipper on the river again.
by ianball
Tue Aug 20, 2019 8:15 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: House Martin fledglings
Replies: 0
Views: 78

House Martin fledglings

About 40 House Martins over the garden this evening suggesting some success in the local nests.
by ianball
Mon Aug 19, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Croston/mawdesley moss , more yellow wagtails !
Replies: 2
Views: 182

Re: Croston/mawdesley moss , more yellow wagtails !

3.45 to 5.45pm Most birds seen in the area to the north of Alma Wood, including the floods. Cuckoo seen several times, last in the trees next to the level crossing. Singles of Curlew and Greenshank and 2 flighty Green Sandpiper. 2 Golden Plover in flight to the west of the railway. Two flocks of Wag...
by ianball
Sun Aug 18, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Common Bank Lodge
Replies: 0
Views: 84

Common Bank Lodge

Common Sandpiper on the muddy fringes at the back of the lodge this morning. The last few days Dipper, Kingfisher and Grey Wagtail have showed well on the river by the dam.

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