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by ianball
Sat Feb 16, 2019 1:57 pm
Forum: Out of Area Sightings
Topic: Blyth's Reed Warbler in Leigh
Replies: 2
Views: 111

Re: Blyth's Reed Warbler in Leigh

Popped down again this morning to Hope Carr NR and finally got the prolonged views of the Blyth's Reed Warbler I'd been hoping for. Showed well from 9.30 to 10.30 when I left and was calling frequently. A very harsh but quiet sounding tkkk sound. Quite Sylvia warbler like but softer.
by ianball
Sun Feb 03, 2019 9:18 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Blackcap returns
Replies: 0
Views: 66

Blackcap returns

Don't know where it's been these last few weeks but the male Blackcap has returned to the garden this morning.

Blackcap takes me to 72 for the year.
by ianball
Mon Jan 28, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: Out of Area Sightings
Topic: Blyth's Reed Warbler in Leigh
Replies: 2
Views: 111

Re: Blyth's Reed Warbler in Leigh

Popped down again at lunchtime today. Better views than Saturday :-)
by ianball
Sat Jan 26, 2019 2:58 pm
Forum: Out of Area Sightings
Topic: Blyth's Reed Warbler in Leigh
Replies: 2
Views: 111

Blyth's Reed Warbler in Leigh

Finally got down to Hope Carr Nature Reserve for the Blyth's Reed Warbler. Very very elusive with only brief views. Last seen as flight views early afternoon in the brambles by the Sewage Works fence at the north end of the reserve. Green Sandpiper and Adult Mediterranean Gull within the sewage work...
by ianball
Sun Jan 20, 2019 1:15 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Common Bank Lodge
Replies: 0
Views: 122

Common Bank Lodge

1.15 pm 4m and 4f Mandarin Duck. They hide behind the tall grass/sedge? at the back of the lodge. 2m and 1f Goosander as well. Additional sightings: Great Spotted Woodpecker, Bullfinch, Nuthatch, Pink Footed Geese (over), Song and Mistle Thrush, Coal, LT, Great and Blue Tits, Jay, Grey Wagtail. With...
by ianball
Sun Jan 13, 2019 12:53 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Parklands Gulls
Replies: 0
Views: 120

Parklands Gulls

Just Herring (c30) and Black Headed Gulls (c50) on the fields this lunchtime. Good range of plumages available on both Argenteus and Angentatus Herring Gull. I would say that about half of the 'older' Argenteus Herring now had full white or minimal streaking on the head. All the Argentatus Herring w...
by ianball
Sun Jan 06, 2019 6:49 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Reservoirs
Replies: 2
Views: 171

Re: Reservoirs

Wonder if there is overlap of gulls between Lower Rivington and places like Pennington Flash? Less than 10 miles as the Gull flies... Tonight a very large Gull roost was present at Pennington (Manchester Birding Website) including adult and 2nd W Yellow Legged Gull. Possibly the birds I saw a few da...
by ianball
Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:39 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Lower Rivington gull roost
Replies: 3
Views: 244

Re: Lower Rivington gull roost

There is a really interesting summary at the end of the British Birds report which I will link to when submitting my report. These are shown below for general structure and 3rd/4th Winter birds. The structural features that I observed and can be seen even in the record photo are highlighted in the f...
by ianball
Fri Jan 04, 2019 8:47 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Lower Rivington gull roost
Replies: 3
Views: 244

Re: Lower Rivington gull roost

Edited response (11pm) Thanks for the reply Neil. I'm very confident about the YL Gulls, in fact the full adult bird was almost the only large Gull on the water when I arrived at 2pm. It was seen well in flight as well as at rest. Yes there were some clean Argenteus Herring Gulls but they were notic...
by ianball
Fri Jan 04, 2019 4:40 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Lower Rivington gull roost
Replies: 3
Views: 244

Lower Rivington gull roost

Fantastic couple of hours watching the roost grow till 3.45pm when there were approx 6-7000 birds, mainly BH Gull and Common Gull. Photo is a record shot of possible 3rd W Caspian Gull IMG_20190104_151847__01__01.jpg Picked up at first due to all white head alongside Herring Gull. Noted that the bil...
by ianball
Thu Jan 03, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Cycling ticks
Replies: 0
Views: 111

Cycling ticks

A couple of stop-offs whilst zooming round the lanes, picking up a few new year ticks... Bretherton - Corn Bunting*, Pink Footed Geese* along with Kestrel, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk*, Teal, Skylarks, Redwing Just OOA (although visible from inside!) a small family group of Whooper Swans near Sollom. Crost...
by ianball
Wed Jan 02, 2019 4:59 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: New Year ramblings
Replies: 0
Views: 106

New Year ramblings

Mixture of walks, bike rides and stop offs on the way to Southport. Many repeat sightings to others, but of interest: 2 Waxwing and a Neville in Chorley (1st) 1m and 2f Teal on top lodge, YVP (1st) 1m and 1f Goosander, Common Bank Lodge (1st) c20 Redwing, c30 Fieldfare, c20 Mistle Thrush were larges...
by ianball
Fri Dec 28, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Waxwings
Replies: 12
Views: 715

Re: Waxwings

Still there this afternoon. Lovely pictures as well :-)
by ianball
Tue Dec 25, 2018 12:00 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: YVP 25/12 am
Replies: 1
Views: 154

YVP 25/12 am

Water Rail in the back left corner of Top Lodge, with Grey Heron and female Teal. 3 Little Grebes together on the big lodge, with female Goosander, Great Crested Grebe, 15m and 4f Tufted Duck. A single adult Herring Gull with the numerous BH Gulls, and a single Cormorant on one of the rafts. Nuthatc...
by ianball
Sun Dec 09, 2018 10:14 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Garden Blackcap
Replies: 7
Views: 368

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.

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