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by John Frankland
Mon Jan 27, 2020 1:26 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Out and about
Replies: 0
Views: 60

Out and about

George’s Lane to Pigeon Tower Quiet overall. Highlights were 2 Bullfinch, 8 Reed Bunting, 1 Sparrowhawk (looked large but was close and only brief view), Coal Tit 2, Meadow Pipit 2 Lower Rivington Great Crested Grebe 2, GBB Gull 1 Lead Mines Clough Quiet too. *Raven 1 chasing Buzzard. Goldcrest 3. N...
by John Frankland
Sun Jan 26, 2020 10:21 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Arley Nature Reserve
Replies: 1
Views: 127

Re: Arley Nature Reserve

Tried my luck for the Green Sandpiper this morning before the rain and it paid off with good views about 930am on my return journey. Included ground views, a flight and call, again in the feeder stream. 5 Linnets and 20 Chaffinch in surrounding fields plus a Moorhen and a Mallard. Sparrowhawk over A...
by John Frankland
Tue Jan 21, 2020 1:22 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Yarrow Valley CP
Replies: 1
Views: 146

Yarrow Valley CP

Lunchtime visit Highlight was a pink billed *Kingfisher posing for the cameras near the bridge. 1 Great Crested Grebe 5 Mute Swan (2 adult pairs and a juvenile on the river). A second juvenile was on Common Bank Lodge as I passed. c10 Tufted including a female with slight Scaup like white base to bi...
by John Frankland
Sat Jan 18, 2020 4:30 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Eyes lane .
Replies: 1
Views: 97

Re: Eyes lane .

Afternoon visit for me with still some shooting.

Fine male *Merlin was the highlight on hedges and hunting fields near the Yarrow. Similar sightings to Gary with 4 Yellowhammer and 2 Reed Bunting.

*Merlin takes me to 83 species for the year.
by John Frankland
Mon Jan 13, 2020 9:47 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Eyes Lane
Replies: 0
Views: 82

Eyes Lane

Short early morning visit
Thousands of geese estimated 2-2500 included PF, Greylag and Canada from a quick scan
c100 Whooper Swan, 30 Shelduck and 150 Lapwing

2 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard and a *Grey Wagtail.

1 new one takes me to 82 species for the year.
by John Frankland
Sun Jan 12, 2020 5:23 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Lower Rivington Reservoir
Replies: 0
Views: 86

Lower Rivington Reservoir

245 to 430 Unfortunately no sign of Friday’s Iceland Gull in good watching conditions of flat light and the gulls mainly side on. Yellow Legged Gull 1 adult. Had quite a distinctive dirty mark or smudge from the base of its beak over its right eye. Picked it out 8-10 times from about 330pm and showe...
by John Frankland
Sat Jan 11, 2020 1:16 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Dean Black Brook
Replies: 0
Views: 87

Dean Black Brook

Walked up towards Great Hill from Brinscall end before circling back down via Dean Black Brook trees Peregrine 1 Skylark 1 Reed Bunting 50 Finches were mainly *Brambling c40-45 with a few Chaffinch. Woodpigeon c200 Earlier in the week got *Corn Bunting 8 at Eyes Lane with Little Egret and Peregrine ...
by John Frankland
Sun Jan 05, 2020 11:46 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Eyes Lane and surrounds
Replies: 6
Views: 208

Re: Eyes Lane and surrounds

5/1 morning visit to Eyes Lane and pretty sure I picked out the same pale breasted goose with white face markings as in Len’s photo. No dark markings underneath and I agree with Len that more like an aberrant PFG. Only around 300-350 PFG I reckon this morning with about 50 Greylag and 25 Canada. 80 ...
by John Frankland
Sat Jan 04, 2020 1:54 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Out and about 4/1
Replies: 0
Views: 89

Out and about 4/1

Yarrow Valley CP *Siskin 4 *Dipper 1 Goosander 5 pairs GC Grebe 1 Mute Swan 6 Tufted Duck 10 + Reed Bunting 2 Mallard/Coot/Moorhen/Canada Goose Great/Blue/Coal Tit Lead Mines Clough and moors (abandoned due to rain and mist !) *Red Grouse 1 heard Snipe 3 Reed Bunting 2 Hic Bibi *Bullfinch 2 *Willow ...
by John Frankland
Fri Jan 03, 2020 5:46 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Croston Finney/Moss
Replies: 0
Views: 82

Croston Finney/Moss

*Skylark 3
*Snipe 9
*Jack Snipe 1 (twice)
Stonechat 1 pair
Meadow Pipit 1
*Peregrine 1
*Long-tailed Tit 1
*Grey Partridge 2 calling
Pink-footed Goose 40
Redwing 30
Fieldfare 25
Buzzard 3
Kestrel 2
Yellowhammer 2
Reed Bunting 2

* 6 more new ones takes me to 72 species for the year.
by John Frankland
Thu Jan 02, 2020 8:38 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Out and about 2/1
Replies: 0
Views: 152

Out and about 2/1

Euxton *House sparrow Chorley centre *Feral pigeon. *LBB Gull. Anglezarke reservoir *GBB Gull 1. *Cormorant 2. *Tufted duck 1m. *Mandarin 1f High Bullough. *Goldeneye 5 (3m/2f). Tufted Duck 10. *Treecreeper 1 Lower Rivington *Common Gull 30 * Yellow legged Gull 1 adult * Pied wagtail 1 * Great Crest...
by John Frankland
Wed Jan 01, 2020 3:33 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Eyes Lane and Croston Finney
Replies: 0
Views: 163

Eyes Lane and Croston Finney

Eyes Lane Kestrel 2 Pheasant 1 Grey Heron 1 Whooper Swan 60-70 Greylag Goose 10 Pink footed Goose 10 Shelduck 5 Lapwing c100 Goosander 3 Mallard 20 Teal 2 Moorhen 2 Croston Finney Yellowhammer 5 Stock Dove in mixed flock with Woodpigeon with approx 250 of each Linnet c100 Reed Bunting 5 Meadow Pipit...
by John Frankland
Wed Jan 01, 2020 11:35 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Runshaw Moor
Replies: 0
Views: 159

Runshaw Moor

Circular alongside Worden Park, Runshaw Moor and back down Runshaw Hall Lane Great tit, Carrion Crow, Jay 3, Woodpigeon, Blackbird. Nuthatch 5 Redwing 250-300. Magpie. Jackdaw. Goldfinch. Blue tit Mistle thrush 3. Herring gull black headed goal. Fieldfare 1. Robin. Song Thrush Wren. Dunnock. Starlin...
by John Frankland
Wed Jan 01, 2020 12:55 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Year list challenge
Replies: 6
Views: 258

Re: Year list challenge

Thanks Neil. Much appreciated.

Cheers, John.
by John Frankland
Tue Dec 31, 2019 10:41 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Year list challenge
Replies: 6
Views: 258

Re: Year list challenge

Cheers Len. Highlights for me were the Hoopoe and the Great Grey Shrike together with the autumn waderfest on Croston Moss plus the juvenile Cuckoo. Also the Yellow Wagtail and Whinchat in the same view on the same Eyes Lane muck heap. Hen Harrier on the moors above White Coppice and Black Redstart ...

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