Swift Awareness Week 27th June to 5th July. Our nearest group is Bolton & Bury Swifts, who are on Facebook & Twitter.

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by paul b
Tue Jun 30, 2020 12:45 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Juveniles
Replies: 2
Views: 159

Re: Juveniles

Yet more -young goldfinch and especially welcome, greenfinch, brought by adults to feeders
by paul b
Mon Jun 29, 2020 9:23 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Juveniles
Replies: 2
Views: 159

Re: Juveniles

Later 2 young coal tit and robin joined in. Seems wet weather making insects harder to find.
by paul b
Sun Jun 28, 2020 5:52 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Juveniles
Replies: 2
Views: 159

Juveniles

Young bullfinch flew into a window -despite stickers supposedly deterring this !-thankfully recovered-part of a family group of four. Six juvenile blue tits, four great tits and regular GSW becoming extremely adept at snaffling fatballs.
by paul b
Fri Jun 26, 2020 5:25 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Botany Bay
Replies: 1
Views: 103

Botany Bay

Birds -pairs of reed bunting and oystercatcher; singing wren, greenfinch, chiffchaff; mallard Insects -15+ common blue damselflies; Emperor dragonfly Fish -many minnow and/or stickleback -need to properly ID in and around masses of vegetation. This was unusually visible and could be due to warm weat...
by paul b
Mon Jun 22, 2020 6:33 pm
Forum: Flowering Plants - First Dates
Topic: Purple Loosestrife
Replies: 0
Views: 55

Purple Loosestrife

Started flowering in the garden on the 19th June
by paul b
Mon Jun 22, 2020 10:39 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Bee species identification
Replies: 3
Views: 156

Re: Bee species identification

Interestingly Falk gives the flight season is "Mid June to September" -the warmth of the Spring (until recently!) has apparently encouraged many species to fly and breed a couple of weeks early.
by paul b
Fri Jun 19, 2020 4:40 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Swifts Brinscall
Replies: 5
Views: 239

Re: Swifts Brinscall

There is going to be an attempt to create a database of swift nests in Chorley centre soon, John -if we have enough volunteers we could also survey Brinscall. Swift Conservation recommend Best times -from half an hour before dawn to two hours after,and from two hours before dusk to half an hour afte...
by paul b
Fri Jun 19, 2020 4:35 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Bioblitz 2020
Replies: 2
Views: 159

Re: Bioblitz 2020

Only 1 greenfly and 8 mites Dave? they must be rarities in Euxton!

Seriously, though, this website may help with fly ID

https://www.dipterists.org.uk/
by paul b
Fri Jun 19, 2020 4:28 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Dead hedgehog
Replies: 0
Views: 83

Dead hedgehog

A49 200 yards north of Bay Horse today
by paul b
Thu Jun 18, 2020 8:43 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Bilberry bumblebee
Replies: 4
Views: 189

Re: Bilberry bumblebee

I would say that unless numbers of insects and their distribution is known there is not enough evidence to argue for changes to protect habitats, amend policies on use of insecticides etc. Unfortunately. if insects are tiny and/or have minute differences between species, use of a microscope is the o...
by paul b
Wed Jun 17, 2020 12:10 pm
Forum: Butterfly Species and other insects - First Dates
Topic: Andrena bicolor-Gwynne's Mining Bee,16/6/20
Replies: 1
Views: 58

Re: Andrena bicolor-Gwynne's Mining Bee,16/6/20

Seemingly pretty common as I recorded a second generation female in the Garden Bioblitz
by paul b
Wed Jun 17, 2020 9:59 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Tree Sparrows
Replies: 3
Views: 178

Re: Tree Sparrows

Excellent -I'll keep a look out in our garden!

Obviously likely to be breeding -perhaps we -the Society- should buy/build some nest boxes for this Red Listed bird?
by paul b
Tue Jun 16, 2020 2:45 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Botany Bay
Replies: 0
Views: 115

Botany Bay

On/in canal -35 Canada geese; female mallard with four ducklings; moorhen. Numerous toad tadpoles ,many with rear legs; minnows. In fields/hedges to east of canal- singing chiffchaff (2); blackcap; wren (3); blackbird; song thrush; goldfinch. Over-buzzard, jackdaw (10+). Red tailed and buff tailed b...
by paul b
Tue Jun 16, 2020 1:07 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Bilberry bumblebee
Replies: 4
Views: 189

Bilberry bumblebee

Not actually sighted yet! I am asking if anyone is interested in a outdoor session of bee ID with Ben Hargreaves, bee expert for Lancashire Wildlife Trust? We will be trying to find Bombus monticola -the Bilberry Bumblebee -on Healey Nab where there are recent records (including some on this forum)....
by paul b
Mon Jun 15, 2020 5:30 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Little Knowley
Replies: 0
Views: 93

Little Knowley

After the rain:

Two swallows, two mallard in a spring (more a mud-patch) that emerges in a field, 5+ woodpigeon, 10 jackdaw, chiffchaff, 2 house sparrows.

6+ meadow browns, unidentified grasshopper ( I'll try to catch one next time)

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