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by Mike Graham
Wed Apr 17, 2019 11:01 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Hoghton Bottoms - Little Egret
Replies: 1
Views: 137

Re: Hoghton Bottoms - Little Egret

That is brilliant. Between Hoghton Bottoms and Samlesbury Bottoms (the Chorley side) I see Kingfisher daily and last week saw an Otter. One of my neighbours saw an Otter feeding on a large Chubb last week.
by Mike Graham
Sat Apr 06, 2019 1:33 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Otter and Kingfisher
Replies: 2
Views: 124

Re: Otter and Kingfisher

Yes, fairly close. On the Samlesbury side rather than Hoghton. I will record the Grid Ref tomorrow.
by Mike Graham
Sat Apr 06, 2019 11:00 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Otter and Kingfisher
Replies: 2
Views: 124

Otter and Kingfisher

I had the pleasure of seeing an otter and kingfisher at Samlesbury Bottoms this morning. This is just in the Chorley District area the other side of the River Darwen at this point is South Ribble.
by Mike Graham
Thu Oct 18, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Tree Sparrows
Replies: 2
Views: 258

Re: Tree Sparrows

I have a pair nest in a mature hawthorn in the garden every year, they use it as a roost. We also have plenty of House Sparrows including a couple of nests every year behind the guttering. A house at the bottom of the brow have extended their garage and have a built in house sparrow nest box on each...
by Mike Graham
Sat Oct 06, 2018 11:20 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Hoghton Saturday Morning
Replies: 0
Views: 149

Hoghton Saturday Morning

1 Roe Deer
1 Sparrowhawk
1 Heron
2 Common Snipe
Numerous mallard
Numerous mole hills
1 GS Woodpecker on my bird feeder
2 Nuthatch on my bird feeder
2 Jay gorging on crab apple tree
by Mike Graham
Mon Oct 01, 2018 9:16 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Hoghton Dippers
Replies: 0
Views: 167

Hoghton Dippers

4 Dippers adjacent to the Weir early this morning. 2 had returned to this site to breed this year so I am assuming they successfully raised two chicks which is good news.
by Mike Graham
Fri Sep 28, 2018 6:57 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Riley Green Barn Owl
Replies: 0
Views: 174

Riley Green Barn Owl

Driving back from the excellent AGM talk by Phil Kirk last night I had the bonus of a Barn Owl flying in my headlights on Blackburn Old Rd heading in the direction of Hoghton Tower between The Royal Oak and the Sandy Lane turn off.
by Mike Graham
Sat Sep 22, 2018 12:01 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Hoghton Area
Replies: 0
Views: 129

Hoghton Area

This morning: GS Woodpecker in garden 2 Nuthatch in garden 2 Buzzards above field opposite my house 3 coot on pond near Chapel Lane 2 Roe Deer near Highfields Farm 3 Roe Deer in Hidden Valley, Hoghton Bottoms Peregrine near Hoghton Tower quarry Shaggy Ink Cap fungus close to footpath off Chapel Lane...
by Mike Graham
Wed Sep 19, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Hoghton Hobbies
Replies: 0
Views: 137

Hoghton Hobbies

Just witnessed an amazing sight..... Above a field adjacent to the Hoghton Bottoms railway footpath were hundreds (500+) of House Martins interspersed with some Swallows. I was watching them with a neighbour who works for the RSPB in the Forest of Bowland. He pointed out two Hobbies (I would not hav...
by Mike Graham
Mon Sep 17, 2018 10:22 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Hoghton Bottoms
Replies: 0
Views: 133

Hoghton Bottoms

Stunning dog walk this morning as the mist was rising from Hidden Valley.

Kingfisher
X4 Roe Deer
X5 Snipe on marshy land adjacent to open grassland
Heron
Cormorant
Peregrine
by Mike Graham
Sun Aug 19, 2018 10:37 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Struggling to identify!!
Replies: 6
Views: 464

Re: Struggling to identify!!

Thanks gents, the responses are much appreciated. I had an early, and very wet, walk out early this morning and recorded the song which matches the green sandpiper song on the RSPB site; there were 3 of them this morning and they flew off before I could get the best sighting to check the beak shape....
by Mike Graham
Sat Aug 18, 2018 7:59 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Struggling to identify!!
Replies: 6
Views: 464

Struggling to identify!!

For the last few mornings at a shallow pond near me there has a been a bird (sometimes 2 or 3) that I have struggled to identify. When I get near the mallards take fright and alert the elusive bird(s) to tak off. It is slightly larger than a staring, it is dark brown / black with a white underside b...
by Mike Graham
Mon Jul 16, 2018 1:27 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Hoghton Bottoms
Replies: 2
Views: 289

Re: Hoghton Bottoms

Yes....sorry.
by Mike Graham
Mon Jul 16, 2018 9:23 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Hoghton Bottoms
Replies: 2
Views: 289

Hoghton Bottoms

Lovely dog walk in the rain this morning! Kingfisher on a pond (as seen twice last week). Flock of 14 Goldfinch flying between trees by the same pond. Barn Owl literally 5m away from me sat on a gate post, I surprised it and it flew over me at close range. 4 Yellow Wagtail at usual spot on River Dar...
by Mike Graham
Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:32 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: New Hoghton Kingfisher
Replies: 0
Views: 149

New Hoghton Kingfisher

Another Kingfisher spotted last two mornings on a pond near to my home. I have never seen them on still water before.

6 Buzzards over the house at 8am this morning and 2 Peregrines also darted over.

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