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by Jed Kirkham
Wed Jul 01, 2020 12:27 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Tuesday afternoon walk
Replies: 0
Views: 95

Tuesday afternoon walk

Hi Neil, I'll continue to send details to you by PM where they contain sensitive sp. Withnell Quarry-Botany Bay/Temples-up to Gt Hill Farm via fenceline-Coppice Stile-Top of bluff path back to Brinscall. 1410-1730hrs Blackcap (1 singing in woods), several Linnets E of Well Lane and seen/heard from t...
by Jed Kirkham
Wed Jul 01, 2020 12:01 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Swifts Brinscall
Replies: 5
Views: 239

Re: Swifts Brinscall

I saw 8 flying over and near Withnell Quarry yesterday (Tues) afternoon.
by Jed Kirkham
Fri Jun 26, 2020 2:48 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Cuckoo still here
Replies: 0
Views: 99

Cuckoo still here

Morning walk: Brinscall-Coppice Stile via top of bluff-up Dean Black Brook to Gt Hill Farm-return via straight fenceline across the moor. Nice to be out in the cooling rain. Birds seen/heard: Cuckoo - heard calling male on 2 occasions, saw it flying E near the edge of the woods. First noted on 14th ...
by Jed Kirkham
Tue Jun 16, 2020 5:02 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Hobby
Replies: 6
Views: 338

Re: Hobby

There are often 20+ Canada Geese on the lodge in Brinscall, 30 is perhaps pushing it though. There are at least an additional 5 goslings there now, and we often see smaller family groups eg. 5 to 6 flying around here and over the edges of the moors.
by Jed Kirkham
Tue Jun 09, 2020 11:58 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Counting Meadow Pipits (again)
Replies: 0
Views: 110

Counting Meadow Pipits (again)

Difficult task counting the MPs on the moor, almost impossible to keep track of them. Yesterday (Mon 8th) afternoon 14.30-17.20hrs walk from Brinscall up to Gt Hill Farm via the direct fenceline-Dean Black Brook/Drinkwaters-main path return. Birds seen/heard: Meadow Pipits 102 Skylark 10, Blue Tit 2...
by Jed Kirkham
Sat May 16, 2020 2:42 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Cetti’s Warbler Wymott Ponds update
Replies: 9
Views: 543

Re: Cetti’s Warbler Wymott Ponds update

I recall discussing how Cetti's Warblers were becoming increasingly common whilst we were on a recent field trip to Lunt Meadows. Neil said, "Find me one in Chorley then". Well done for finding one! A sound to definitely stop you in your tracks. Brilliant.
by Jed Kirkham
Wed May 13, 2020 3:57 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Freezing Wymott Warbler Fest
Replies: 1
Views: 253

Re: Freezing Wymott Warbler Fest

My kind of birding! Out whilst most others are in their beds. Great report, the thrill of being out early is well evident. Mind, its not easy with a 4am alarm, and possibly not for every day... Most of my early morning sorties on the moors during lockdown posted PM to Neil. Its easy to self isolate,...
by Jed Kirkham
Mon May 11, 2020 12:20 pm
Forum: Amphibians
Topic: Newt at White Coppice
Replies: 0
Views: 340

Newt at White Coppice

Spotted a newt on the edge of the path at White Coppice 0905hrs 11th May 2020, walking towards the Goit. Unsure whether a Smooth or Palmate, photos emailed to Paul B.
by Jed Kirkham
Wed May 06, 2020 11:07 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Cuckoos & Grasshopper Warbler
Replies: 0
Views: 303

Cuckoos & Grasshopper Warbler

Out very early, walking up Well Lane/Edge Gate Lane an hour before sunrise, a male Cuckoo calling continuously. Located from the stand of trees to the west of the top of the lane where I've seen it recently. Heard the burbling call of the female from the woods, and pretty soon the male stopped calli...
by Jed Kirkham
Thu Apr 23, 2020 5:35 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Early morning walk Brinscall-White Coppice
Replies: 0
Views: 231

Early morning walk Brinscall-White Coppice

Highlight was finding a Tree Pipit, heard singing as I approached the disused small quarries near the SE corner of the Heatherlea/Brinscall woods, from 0745hrs. It didn't sing often, elusive and well hidden amongst the top of trees near the former Marsden's Farm. Cuckoo (1) occasionally heard. Count...
by Jed Kirkham
Fri Apr 17, 2020 12:45 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Golden Plover
Replies: 1
Views: 195

Golden Plover

A pair of Golden Plover at Solomon's Temple was the highlight of an early morning walk across the moors SE of Brinscall. Always a treat to see (and hear)!
by Jed Kirkham
Tue Apr 14, 2020 11:12 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Coincidental Birding (Cuckoo & Swallow)
Replies: 0
Views: 275

Coincidental Birding (Cuckoo & Swallow)

Early morning walk - heard first Cuckoo of the year from edge of Heatherlea Woods at 0630hrs, looked up and my first Swallow of the year passed overhead. Two of the signifiers of warmer weather almost at the same time (on a frosty cold morning!). Heard the Cuckoo again later. Heard Garden Warbler ne...
by Jed Kirkham
Fri Apr 10, 2020 12:09 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Linnets
Replies: 0
Views: 193

Linnets

Nice to see and hear Linnets around Ratten Clough this morning, noisily going about their business (mating!!!).
by Jed Kirkham
Thu Apr 09, 2020 11:41 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: On the moors again
Replies: 0
Views: 185

On the moors again

Brinscall- The Temples-Botany Bay-Quarry-Ratten Clough 0540-0820hrs Frog crossing Well Lane, almost didn't see it as it wasn't fully light 0545hrs. 5 mins later a Buzzard flew very low above the woods and out a few yards overhead. 2 Curlew at New Temple, another pair E of Botany Bay. Plenty Skylark/...
by Jed Kirkham
Sat Apr 04, 2020 11:37 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Early morning on the moors
Replies: 0
Views: 148

Early morning on the moors

Brinscall-Gt Hill via main track-GH Farm-Dean Black Brook-Coppice Stile returning via top of the bluff-Heatherlea Woods. 0545hrs-0910hrs Pheasants - at least 16, I'd heard 4 from Well Lane before 6am! Similarly, there appeared more Red Grouse than usual, and many Meadow Pipits and Skylark. Didn't do...

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