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by Mike Graham
Wed Apr 08, 2020 12:23 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Hoghton
Replies: 5
Views: 151

Re: Hoghton

Hi Mark. I have numbered the ponds as 1 - 5 on a map I did for a walk early last year. I have since found two more ponds but these are on private land and I only visit them on dog walks at first light. Pond 3 is just about in a public footpath. If you follow the public footpath that takes you from C...
by Mike Graham
Sat Mar 14, 2020 8:54 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Frogspawn Hoghton Ponds
Replies: 0
Views: 99

Frogspawn Hoghton Ponds

Plenty of frogspawn in pond by Bolton Hall Farm, Hoghton this morning.
Also 4 Barnacle Geese of unknown origin.
by Mike Graham
Thu Feb 06, 2020 9:02 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Hoghton ‘Tops’
Replies: 0
Views: 150

Hoghton ‘Tops’

I say Hoghton ‘Tops’ as this is a distinct area off Chapel Lane with 7 ponds and old farm buildings. WEDNESDAY: 3 Little Egret flew over my garden late afternoon; Roe Buck with 3 females by Highfields Farm. THURSDAY (today): 30 Lapwing by Bolton Hall Farm pond. Pair of Bullfinch in my garden (the 1s...
by Mike Graham
Thu Jun 27, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Field Trip - Buckshaw - mini-beasts
Replies: 6
Views: 864

Re: Field Trip - Buckshaw - mini-beasts

Gary, an excellent point and the very reason the Committee are trying to get a meeting with the Council Leader. Unfortunately he is somewhat elusive at present.
by Mike Graham
Thu Jun 27, 2019 9:25 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Brown Hare & Otter: Hoghton / Samlesbury
Replies: 0
Views: 327

Brown Hare & Otter: Hoghton / Samlesbury

On my usual early morning dog walk I happened to see an Otter (2nd time) at Samlesbury Bottoms (Chorley bit) and a Hare close to Bolton Hall Farm close to the Ponds. Also 20 Lapwing in the same area as the Hare.
by Mike Graham
Mon Jun 17, 2019 1:05 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Hoghton Ponds (not Bottoms!)
Replies: 0
Views: 242

Hoghton Ponds (not Bottoms!)

This morning:

22 Lapwing
2 Curlew
2 Roe Deer
1 Heron
1 Buzzard
1 Kestrel
5 Swallow (swallow numbers sadly very low this year compared to recent years)
1 GS Woodpecker
by Mike Graham
Sun May 05, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Hoghton Bottoms
Replies: 1
Views: 400

Re: Hoghton Bottoms

Neil, there are plenty of Lapwing close to Bolton Hall Farm along with a number of Canada Geese and Snipe.
by Mike Graham
Sun May 05, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Hoghton: Curlew, Badger, Kingfisher
Replies: 0
Views: 262

Hoghton: Curlew, Badger, Kingfisher

Saw the Kingfisher on the River Darwen again this morning then followed this up with a Curlew feeding on grassland close to the pond by Highfields Farm.

Just reported my 4th badgers sett in the area to the Lancashire Badgers Group.
by Mike Graham
Wed Apr 17, 2019 11:01 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Hoghton Bottoms - Little Egret
Replies: 1
Views: 343

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: 465

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: 465

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: 547

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: 317

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: 305

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: 352

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.

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