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by ianball
Thu Aug 09, 2018 11:12 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Report of Long Eared Owl
Replies: 0
Views: 85

Report of Long Eared Owl

John Bannon on the Ribble Estuary Facebook page has posted seeing a Long Eared Owl near the 'red' bridge at Bretherton. No more specific than that, so a) was it in the recording area? b) keep eyes and ears open in that area...
by ianball
Mon Aug 06, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Young Buzzards
Replies: 2
Views: 102

Young Buzzards

At least 2 young Buzzards, possibly 3, over Chorley Golf Club this morning.
by ianball
Sun Aug 05, 2018 7:34 pm
Forum: Out of Area Sightings
Topic: Anglesey
Replies: 0
Views: 35

Anglesey

5 days camping near Benllech on Anglesey. Campsite was full of wildlife - Red Squirrel, Noctule Bats, families of Bullfinch, Nuthatch, Willow Warbler, Linnet and GS Woodpecker making loads of noise. Painted Ladies must have had an influx as loads about amongst Red Admirals and Peacock butterflies. V...
by ianball
Wed Jul 25, 2018 9:28 pm
Forum: Out of Area Sightings
Topic: Iceland July 2018
Replies: 5
Views: 110

Re: Iceland July 2018

Great place to visit and some great birds. If you saw a large falcon it is worth remembering that Peregrine is quite rare on the island and Gyr is the default large one, especially near the waterfalls. Phalaropes at the latter end of the breeding season can form very large flocks. I remember seeing ...
by ianball
Sun Jul 15, 2018 8:51 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: 12 Ring Necked Parakeets
Replies: 2
Views: 199

Re: 12 Ring Necked Parakeets

All 12 birds together just flown over my back garden heading south towards Southlands High School. Very noisy too!
by ianball
Wed Jul 04, 2018 9:15 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Family of Parakeets?
Replies: 0
Views: 88

Family of Parakeets?

9, possibly 10, Ring Necked Parakeets just flown over the house. Very vocal and the number maybe suggests fledged youngsters. Our House Martin numbers have gone up quite a bit in the last few days as well, also suggestive of fledged youngsters.
by ianball
Fri Jun 29, 2018 9:00 am
Forum: Out of Area Sightings
Topic: Med Gull at work again
Replies: 1
Views: 77

Re: Med Gull at work again

Still present this morning on rooftops by 'Steaks on a Plane' on Deane Road.
by ianball
Wed Jun 27, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: Out of Area Sightings
Topic: Med Gull at work again
Replies: 1
Views: 77

Med Gull at work again

Currently an adult Med Gull flying with BH Gulls on Deane Road, Bolton, by the university. Very nice.
by ianball
Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:04 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Blue Tits
Replies: 1
Views: 106

Re: Blue Tits

1 out of our 2 boxes used by Blue Tits. Difficult to count the fledged birds in the trees but at least 4 still about. We've also had successful fledging by Great and Long-Tailed Tits, Blackbirds and Goldfinches. Blackbirds appear to be sitting on a second clutch of eggs now. 3 Pairs of House Martin ...
by ianball
Sun Jun 10, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Raptors and Odonata at Duxbury Park
Replies: 0
Views: 127

Raptors and Odonata at Duxbury Park

A very pleasant round of golf with great wildlife for company. Buzzards, Sparrowhawk and Kestrel kept us company most of the round. Then by the 13th green a large raptor circling before flying straight over our heads - Osprey! Great views, and possibly yesterday's Smithills bird. Excellent numbers o...
by ianball
Fri Jun 08, 2018 11:22 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Yarrow Valley CP gull
Replies: 2
Views: 185

Re: Yarrow Valley CP gull

Tricky one. The upper wing pattern fits both YL and LBB Gull. The variation in shading also makes it tricky. In the bright sunshine I would expect YL Gull to look light in all pictures. Points in favour for YL Gull are the bill - which appears suitably massive and very similar to the YL Gulls I was ...
by ianball
Fri Jun 08, 2018 7:23 pm
Forum: Out of Area Sightings
Topic: Menorca birding blog
Replies: 8
Views: 255

Re: Menorca birding blog

Really liked Cala Galdana the afternoon we were there. If/when we go back to Menorca walks up the gorge will be definitely on the list. It was nice to see and hear many Turtle Doves last week, making it even sadder how they’ve declined in the UK.
by ianball
Thu Jun 07, 2018 10:03 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Damselfly help
Replies: 2
Views: 108

Re: Damselfly help

1. Female Common Blue
2. Azure
3. Female Emerald
4. Female Common Blue

The main way I differentiate Common Blue and Azure is the thorax. Common Blue has a ratio of more blue/green (M/F) than black, whilst Azure is the other way round.

Ian
by ianball
Wed Jun 06, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: Out of Area Sightings
Topic: Menorca birding blog
Replies: 8
Views: 255

Re: Menorca birding blog

Thanks again - I enjoyed writing it as it brought back good memories. Definitely recommend Cuitadella to anyone who visits Menorca. I’d also recommend Menorca as a lovely quiet island with the potential for great birding. Away from the main sites there is very little information so there is fantasti...
by ianball
Mon Jun 04, 2018 6:34 pm
Forum: Out of Area Sightings
Topic: Menorca birding blog
Replies: 8
Views: 255

Re: Menorca birding blog

Thanks Len.

I’ve added Wednesday now onto the blog, which was when we first saw Hoopoe on this trip. Having seen none till then, after we saw the first one we regularly saw them in flight around the resort.

Ian

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