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by John Frankland
Tue Aug 14, 2018 6:54 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Eyes Lane 14/8
Replies: 0
Views: 51

Eyes Lane 14/8

530-630pm Approx 80-100 hirundines were 80% House Martin and 20% Swallow with 2 Sand Martin mixed in too. Grey Heron 1 over. Goldfinch 5 Linnet 2 Just before 630pm, the Swallows got a bit excited. And so did I as a *Hobby flew over the bridge from the Sollom direction towards Croston giving decent v...
by John Frankland
Tue Jul 31, 2018 10:27 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Croston to Eyes Lane circular
Replies: 0
Views: 63

Croston to Eyes Lane circular

E Shaped Pond along river downstream to bridge on Eyes Lane returning via Back Lane.

Common Tern 1 on E Shaped Pond
Linnet c10
Goldfinch 6 incl 5 juv
Goosander 7
Buzzard 1
Kestrel 1
Yellowhammer 4-6
Skylark 1
Swallow 80-90
Swift 3
House Martin 2
by John Frankland
Sun Jul 22, 2018 11:47 pm
Forum: Out of Area Sightings
Topic: Iceland July 2018
Replies: 5
Views: 110

Re: Iceland July 2018

Len - I was probably the same before Iceland. For a wader, they have a strange feeding technique with the flock flying upstream before floating downstream and then repeating every 20-30 metres. Neville - I was expecting Iceland Gull too but apparently it doesn’t actually breed in Iceland, just a win...
by John Frankland
Sun Jul 22, 2018 10:44 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Osprey!
Replies: 2
Views: 182

Re: Osprey!

Great sighting Gary ! Tried my luck on the reservoirs tonight but unfortunately no joy. Did manage: Little Ringed Plover 1 on Yarrow “puddle” (it’s difficult to call it a reservoir now !) Great Crested Grebe 7 (families of 3 on Lower Rivington and Belmont plus a single on Upper Rivington) Grasshoppe...
by John Frankland
Wed Jul 18, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: Out of Area Sightings
Topic: Iceland July 2018
Replies: 5
Views: 110

Iceland July 2018

Primarily a family sightseeing holiday for 1 week in SW Iceland but with binoculars always close to hand ! Overall, what a fantastic place Iceland is and a country I couldn’t rate highly enough ! Had a wonderful time. :D Highlights: Harlequin Duck 5 incl 1 male (Pfingvellir waterfall) Red-necked Pha...
by John Frankland
Sat Jul 07, 2018 9:45 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: White Coppice
Replies: 0
Views: 73

White Coppice

7am to 845am this morning. No joy again with Tree Pipit but nice morning for a walk. Highlight was a family group of Siskin (1f plus 3 juv) in a Rowan plus another 1 or 2 males over. Also Bullfinch 1m and 1 juv. Other sightings included : Swift/Swallow/House Martin. Singing Willow Warbler/Chiffchaff...
by John Frankland
Fri Jun 29, 2018 11:08 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Late records from Ricky Hoyle.
Replies: 1
Views: 118

Re: Late records from Ricky Hoyle.

Spent an hour or so at White Coppice this evening.

No sign of any Tree Pipit but there were a couple of Meadow Pipit singing on the moor side.

Also, Linnet 1, Reed Bunting 1f, Redpoll 3, Jay 2, Willow Warbler 4, Grey Heron 1, Blackcap 1 and Swift 1.
by John Frankland
Tue Jun 26, 2018 11:15 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Croston Moss/Finney circular
Replies: 0
Views: 62

Croston Moss/Finney circular

From great hanging bridge this evening.

Highlight was a Little Owl but in a different place than usual. Also Sedge Warbler singing on the Douglas.

Also, 4-5 Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, 1 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard, 1 Tree Sparrow, 6 Mistle Thrush, 6 Lapwing, 4 Yellowhammer and 2 Skylarks.
by John Frankland
Sun Jun 24, 2018 12:11 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Belmont reservoir
Replies: 1
Views: 163

Re: Belmont reservoir

Morning visit for 45 minutes.

Snipe 1
Common Sandpiper 3 incl one youngish one
Curlew 1
Lapwing 45
Oystercatcher 2
Canada Goose 95
Greylag Goose 1
Barnacle Goose 1
Buzzard 1
Cormorant 2
Great Crested Grebe 3 incl one youngish on
Reed Bunting 2
BH Gull hundreds
by John Frankland
Mon Jun 11, 2018 4:14 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Shaw Hill Golf Course 11/6
Replies: 0
Views: 118

Shaw Hill Golf Course 11/6

Unfortunately no Ospreys or birdies on the 18th like Ian at Duxbury yesterday ! But a glorious day of weather was better than the standard of today’s golf. Highlights on the bird side were: Ring-necked Parakeet 1-2 (1 seen over 15th after an earlier (or same) one was calling by the 6th). Buzzard 2. ...
by John Frankland
Sat Jun 09, 2018 1:46 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Bretherton Croston Wymott circular
Replies: 0
Views: 95

Bretherton Croston Wymott circular

Glorious 7 mile countryside walk starting Cocker Bar Bridge, through last year’s Quail fields, into Bretherton, past E Shaped ponds, along River Lostock towards Wymott, through Wymott prison and back past Wymott ponds. Like Neville, struggled on some of the overgrown public footpaths but managed to ...
by John Frankland
Fri Jun 08, 2018 7:38 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Yarrow Valley CP gull
Replies: 2
Views: 185

Yarrow Valley CP gull

Has anyone seen Dave Croasdale’s photos on the YVCP Facebook page of today’s gull which clearly has yellow legs ?

The grey on the wings on some photos looks dark like LBB but paler grey on others which would mean Yellow Legged Gull.

Any thoughts ?
by John Frankland
Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:59 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Oak Royal Golf Course, Withnell
Replies: 0
Views: 91

Oak Royal Golf Course, Withnell

A pleasant 9 holes on a new place for me in Chorley and a new course. The course is still fairly young (c11 years old) and looks like reclaimed farmland but does have a pond and young trees. Highlights were a Redpoll which landed in a tree near the car park and one each of singing Whitethroat & Chif...
by John Frankland
Sun May 27, 2018 10:01 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Mandarin family
Replies: 0
Views: 95

Mandarin family

River Yarrow near Grape Lane bridge (by Croston Corn Mill) - a female Mandarin with 8 young on the river this evening. :D

Nearby on North Park, 2 Stock Dove, 8 Swallow, 1 House Martin and 2 Swift.

2 rabbits too.
by John Frankland
Sat May 26, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Out and about 26/5
Replies: 0
Views: 102

Out and about 26/5

Withnell Fold along the canal Canada Goose 48 (25 adults plus 2 pairs with 19 young) Lapwing c30 in fields Great Spotted Woodpecker 1, Stock Dove 2 Blackcap 2, Chiffchaff 1, Sedge Warbler 1 Coal Tit 1, Reed Bunting 2 Swift 1, Swallow 2, House Martin 2 North Anglezarke/Watermans Cottage/White Coppice...

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