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by ianball
Sun Nov 10, 2019 4:23 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Common Bank Lodge and surrounds
Replies: 0
Views: 102

Common Bank Lodge and surrounds

Two visits today - 7.30 to 9am and 2 to 4pm (highlights) On the lodge: 4 Little Grebe, m Mandarin, f Goosander, 2 Cormorant (ad + juv) Dob Pastures 3 and river: 2 Willow Tit - with mixed tit flock along river and then towards sewage works, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Siskin, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 ...
by ianball
Sat Nov 09, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Great Grey Shrike
Replies: 6
Views: 336

Re: Great Grey Shrike

Great pictures. Birdguides report present again this morning.
by ianball
Sat Nov 09, 2019 10:28 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Dob brow pastures 3 - pipits
Replies: 0
Views: 77

Dob brow pastures 3 - pipits

Frustrating pipit in the flooded area on the meadow. Couple of Meadow Pipit flew up first but then a third pipit up and away towards the sewage works. Having spent a week with Rock and Water Pipits in Northumberland, the call was spot on. Oh well. Grey Wagtail also and a group of approx 40 Goldfinch...
by ianball
Sun Nov 03, 2019 2:07 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Y.V.PARK. 9am.
Replies: 3
Views: 151

Re: Y.V.PARK. 9am.

Very few ducks this afternoon due to the large police presence, including underwater squad. However, Kingfisher showing well on top lodge, Great Crested Grebes very photogenic, and many Nuthatch and Coal Tits on the plentiful seed around the park. Bank Vole showed well on the way up to the weir.
by ianball
Thu Oct 31, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: Out of Area Sightings
Topic: Northumberland
Replies: 2
Views: 225

Re: Northumberland

Heading home tomorrow but a great week of birding. Further highlights were some great seawatching with Little Auk, Pomarine Skua and possible Surf Scoter. On the land we had Yellow-browed Warbler, Lapland Bunting and Water Pipit. I think my best memories will be of the daily dose of waders on the se...
by ianball
Sun Oct 27, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: Out of Area Sightings
Topic: Northumberland
Replies: 2
Views: 225

Northumberland

Currently in the north-east enjoying the wonderful Northumbria coastline. I'm updating my bird sightings on my blog: https://nobbyball.blogspot.com/?m=1 Highlights so far: Long Billed Dowitcher, possible White Rumped Sandpiper, Snow Bunting, Black-throated Diver, Twite, Whinchat, Long-tailed Duck, L...
by ianball
Wed Oct 23, 2019 4:03 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Dob pastures 3
Replies: 0
Views: 167

Dob pastures 3

3 large separate tit flocks (20-30 birds each) along the valley this afternoon. Lt tit dominated with Blue, Great and Coal also. Nuthatch also in each flock, with a Chiffchaff in the flock near the southern pond, and goldcrest in the one by the northern pond. Grey Heron, Grey and Pied Wagtail, and G...
by ianball
Mon Oct 21, 2019 2:41 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Common Bank Lodge and surrounds
Replies: 0
Views: 147

Common Bank Lodge and surrounds

Highlights over the last few days: Siskin 6 (small group on the meadow) Grey Wagtail 3 Kingfisher 1 Buzzard 3 Cormorant 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker 2 Nuthatch 10+ Song Thrush 10+ (either more visible or influx?) Jay 10+ Treecreeper 2 Little Grebe 3 Redwing, Skylark and Meadow Pipit overhead in small ...
by ianball
Sat Oct 19, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Winter Hill & Georges Lane
Replies: 2
Views: 162

Re: Winter Hill & Georges Lane

Black Redstart on the mast itself this afternoon with at least 9 Stonechat and 12+ Meadow Pipit on the fencing. Peregrine, 3 Kestrel, 3 Raven, 2 Reed Bunting also seen. Oh yes, and a Neville :-) Comma and Small Tortoiseshell flying around near the top as well. Black Redstart (as well as a recount fo...
by ianball
Tue Oct 08, 2019 11:32 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Meadow Lane Croston
Replies: 9
Views: 367

Re: Meadow Lane Croston

http://webirdnorthwales.blogspot.com/20 ... s.html?m=1

An interesting article that links to a wader that went through most of the birds you thought of :-)
by ianball
Tue Oct 08, 2019 11:00 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Meadow Lane Croston
Replies: 9
Views: 367

Re: Meadow Lane Croston

Hi Len Good quality confusing wader there :-) My thoughts from the photos would suggest not any of the yanks - wing projection doesn't appear long enough for Baird's or White-rumped, and shape and bill looks wrong for Pectoral. My suggestion would be an 'arctica' Dunlin which is smaller and shorter ...
by ianball
Mon Oct 07, 2019 9:23 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Eyes lane .
Replies: 5
Views: 261

Re: Eyes lane .

Looks like a pale Lesser Black Backed Gull due to the patterning on the wing and the dark smudge on the eye. There were quite a few interesting gulls there yesterday. There was a very, very dark 1st winter Herring Gull (almost skua dark) that got me interested for a bit but the bill for starters was...
by ianball
Sat Oct 05, 2019 7:44 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Croston Moss
Replies: 0
Views: 109

Croston Moss

Couple of hours at lunchtime on the mosses. Flood to the north of Finney Lane: 3 Whooper Swan 5 Greylag Geese (Both lots flew off when disturbed by dog walkers) c100 Canada Geese c100 Pink Footed Geese (over) c500+ gulls - mainly BH Gull. Although a pale headed Herring Gull type seen on the flood an...
by ianball
Sat Sep 28, 2019 5:34 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Common Bank Lodge
Replies: 0
Views: 102

Common Bank Lodge

A few walks today in between the showers. Kingfisher feeding on one of the in flow channels to the lodge - water level so high. Adult and juv Cormorant on the lodge. Grey Wagtail calling and flying around. 2 juvenile Buzzards over the meadows along with 12 House Martin. Great Spotted Woodpecker call...
by ianball
Sat Sep 21, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Common Bank Lodge
Replies: 0
Views: 92

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.

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