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by John Frankland
Thu May 23, 2019 9:59 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Eyes Lane
Replies: 0
Views: 17

Eyes Lane

45 minutes tonight spanning sunset.

Peregrine 1 on pylon
Lesser Whitethroat 1 singing
Whitethroat 1 singing
Sedge Warbler 2 singing
Pied Wagtail 2 on muck heaps with possible 2 Yellow Wagtail but flying away
Yellowhammer 2
Goosander 1f with 5 half grown young
LBB Gull c30 with 1 Herring.
by John Frankland
Sun May 19, 2019 10:39 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Belmont Reservoir
Replies: 0
Views: 66

Belmont Reservoir

Female Teal flew from north end of Belmont Reservoir to the small pool on opposite side of road about 8pm. Also 3 Snipe, 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Curlew, 1 Great Crested Grebe and several juvenile BH Gulls in the colony. Greylag Geese with goslings too. Calling Cuckoo and T...
by John Frankland
Wed May 15, 2019 10:18 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Whittle front garden...
Replies: 2
Views: 106

Re: Whittle front garden...

Supporting what you said, Len, I saw a Cuckoo flying over the A674 by the canal tonight.

It was 750pm and was on a direct line from Whittle towards the Great Knowley quarry (or onwards to White Coppice).
by John Frankland
Mon May 13, 2019 7:39 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Osprey!
Replies: 1
Views: 125

Re: Osprey!

Great sightings today, Gary - #ifcarlsbergdidbirding :lol: I popped in at YVCP with a hope that the Osprey may call in but of course, that wasn’t going to happen ! Managed singing Reed Warbler, Grey Wagtail and drake Mandarin together with 9 Mute Swan incl 5 cygnets. Earlier did have a bit of succes...
by John Frankland
Sun May 12, 2019 12:40 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: White Coppice
Replies: 0
Views: 110

White Coppice

Finally !!!! Finally, I managed to get 3-4 bursts of song of the *Tree Pipit up on the top of the moorside and a probable viewing but which was just that too far away. :D No sign of Wood Warbler in Heatherlea or Stronstey Bank although the latter had 2-3 singing Redstart including one which flew ove...
by John Frankland
Sat May 11, 2019 9:09 pm
Forum: Out of Area Sightings
Topic: Hillside Golf Course, Southport
Replies: 0
Views: 41

Hillside Golf Course, Southport

Enjoyed a fabulous day at the British Masters in Southport today.

Best birdies were 1 Crossbill, 2 Siskin, several Whitethroat singing and 1 Kestrel. Plenty of Green and Goldfinches too.
by John Frankland
Thu May 09, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: White Coppice
Replies: 0
Views: 112

White Coppice

Early evening stroll up to Heatherlea Woods. My 7th walk up and down the moorland path and still no sign for me if the seemingly mythical Tree Pipit !! Don’t know what I’m doing wrong ! 2 Cuckoo (pair I think) were active and seen together. In Heatherlea, got 3 short but clear bursts of *Wood Warble...
by John Frankland
Thu May 09, 2019 10:05 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Belmont
Replies: 0
Views: 90

Belmont

Morning call in to see if any terns had dropped in but no joy.

Best of the rest were 4 Black tailed Godwit in summer plumage, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Oystercatcher, few Greylag Geese, 1 Reed Bunting and 30 hirundines (mainly Swallow and House Martin with a single Sand Martin).
by John Frankland
Mon May 06, 2019 12:57 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Out and about
Replies: 0
Views: 80

Out and about

Highlights: Belmont Reservoir Snipe 1 Waterman’s to Heatherlea Woods Redstart 1 singing Grasshopper Warbler 1 singing Swift 1 over Sparrowhawk 1, Buzzard 2, Kestrel 1 Stonechat 2f, Linnet 1, Redpoll 2 Cuckoo 1 No sign of Tree Pipit in 2 hours looking and listening ! Eyes Lane Yellow Wagtail 1m * Whi...
by John Frankland
Sun May 05, 2019 5:49 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: White Coppice. 9.20-1.30
Replies: 6
Views: 198

Re: White Coppice. 9.20-1.30

Well done on the century !
by John Frankland
Sat May 04, 2019 3:48 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Croston Twin Lakes
Replies: 0
Views: 67

Croston Twin Lakes

Quick call whilst passing. Hirundines c75 of 4 species (mainly Sand Martin) by treatment works including a single *Swift over the level crossing. Dark swarms of insects visible near the trees weee evidence of why the hirundines were there. Singing Whitethroat and Sedge Warbler. 30 Canada Geese and 3...
by John Frankland
Sat May 04, 2019 12:29 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: White Coppice
Replies: 0
Views: 94

White Coppice

Heatherlea to High Bullough from WC with Neville Redstart 2 incl one seen Garden Warbler 1 Siskin 2-3 heard Treecreeper 1 seen singing Cuckoo 1 seen Redpoll few over Tufted Duck 4 WW, Chiffchaff and Blackcap few of each Stock Dove 3 Sparrowhawk 2, Kestrel 1 and Buzzard 1 Stonechat 1 male Goldcrest 1...
by John Frankland
Thu May 02, 2019 9:19 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: White Coppice to Heatherlea Woods
Replies: 1
Views: 133

Re: White Coppice to Heatherlea Woods

Evening walk on the same route. 3 Garden Warbler singing (1 seen very well was the highlight) in disused Reservoir with 1 Whitethroat, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Blackcap and a few Willow Warbler. Cuckoo calling. Kestrel and Buzzard too. Redpoll and Siskin in Heatherlea Woods with Treecreeper and Goldcrest.
by John Frankland
Mon Apr 29, 2019 10:38 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Eyes Lane
Replies: 0
Views: 88

Eyes Lane

Quick call this morning.

Surprise bird on the river was a male Tufted Duck playing gooseberry to a pair of Mallard !

1 Little Egret, 1 Sedge Warbler, 4 Whitethroat and 3 Wheatear were the best of the rest.
by John Frankland
Sun Apr 28, 2019 5:19 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Hoopoe
Replies: 14
Views: 950

Re: Hoopoe

Finally managed to catch up with the cracking Hoopoe this afternoon when it was showing well. Everyone seemed to be behaving and staying in public areas which was good to see. Also had a quick chat with the young man who found the Hoopoe on Tuesday, now on its 6th day. Lovely story that he thought i...

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