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by Jed Kirkham
Sat Nov 09, 2019 12:46 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Red Hedges
Replies: 0
Views: 87

Red Hedges

Walk from Brinscall-Great Hill-Roddlesworth-Abbey Village-Brinscall yesterday 11.30-16.30hrs. 4 Buzzards calling/circling above Heatherlea Woods just after I set out. 3 flew over quite low. Other birds around the garden/in the woods: Jackdaws, House Sparrows, Great Tits, Woodpigeons, Goldfinch, 1 Bu...
by Jed Kirkham
Sat Nov 02, 2019 2:39 pm
Forum: Field Trips
Topic: Bretherton 02/11
Replies: 3
Views: 121

Re: Bretherton 02/11

Field Trip Notes. Before and after the walk I'd stopped off at Euxton Hospital to check for the Waxwings noted there yesterday. None present at 0815-0830 and 1230hrs, one of the trees near the entrance seemed to be mostly stripped, the other still full of berries and being eaten by Blackbirds and a ...
by Jed Kirkham
Mon Oct 28, 2019 1:10 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Sunday afternoon meanderings
Replies: 0
Views: 217

Sunday afternoon meanderings

Brinscall Lodge 1415hrs: Muscovy Duck (4), Mallard (21, several domestics/hybrids), Canada Geese (4), Moorhen (6), BH Gulls (10). Buzzard (1 over at high altitude). Heatherlea Woods: very busy with dog walkers etc, relatively quiet re wildlife. Treecreeper (1), GS Woodpecker (1), Robin (1), LTTits (...
by Jed Kirkham
Thu Oct 24, 2019 8:45 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: 2 Owls, 2 Bats
Replies: 0
Views: 154

2 Owls, 2 Bats

In the garden last night at 2100hrs, heard a pair of Tawny Owls calling, approx. 150m apart. Both sounded like a hoarse or broken version of the classic male hoot, possibly Juvs or females. Pair of bats seen near the house at 1830hrs today, feeding in drizzly conditions. Registered strongly at 45 kH...
by Jed Kirkham
Tue Oct 22, 2019 8:40 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Yarrow Valley CP
Replies: 2
Views: 134

Re: Yarrow Valley CP

Get better soon John. I like Water Rails (and other things that skulk about unobtrusively), they have such a distinctive squealing call...
by Jed Kirkham
Tue Oct 22, 2019 8:27 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Weekend ramblings
Replies: 0
Views: 144

Weekend ramblings

Apologies for the delay in reporting. 2 walks at the weekend SHORT: Withnell Nature Reserve Saturday 1450 to 1615 hrs. Birds seen/heard: Starlings, Robins, Goldfinch, Magpie, Jackdaws, Blue tit, Great Tit, Wren, Moorhen, Mallard inc several domestic/hybrids, Woodpigeon, Black-headed Gull, Blackbird,...
by Jed Kirkham
Sat Oct 19, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Greenfinch
Replies: 0
Views: 66

Greenfinch

Pair of Greenfinch in the garden during the breakfast feeding frenzy, amongst the more frequently seen birds: Coal Tits (2), Robin (2), Jackdaw (1), Nuthatch (2), +4 Blue Tits, 3 Great Tits, Blackbirds (3), Dunnock (1), Chaffinch (2) and approx. 10 House Sparrows. Its been a good season for House Sp...
by Jed Kirkham
Thu Oct 17, 2019 1:21 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Geese and other things
Replies: 0
Views: 92

Geese and other things

Walked up to Drinkwaters and back 1715 to 1845hrs yeasterday. Large skein of approx 120 Geese over E at 1725hrs - they were at altitude so couldn't 100% confirm sp. but looked and sounded like Pink-footed. Also a few Meadow Pipits still flying on the moors approaching dusk. Kestrel hunting near Drin...
by Jed Kirkham
Sun Sep 22, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: 44 Hirundines
Replies: 0
Views: 97

44 Hirundines

I realise they are not easy to count - its not an exact science! But I counted 44 over the house at 1025hrs today, a mixed flock of House Martins and Swallows flying generally eastwards.
by Jed Kirkham
Mon Aug 19, 2019 12:59 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Garden Butterflies
Replies: 2
Views: 235

Re: Garden Butterflies

Yesterday afternoon had 6 Peacock, 2 Red Admiral and 1 Painted Lady on our Buddleia - all at the same time. It was a pleasure to watch them
by Jed Kirkham
Fri Aug 09, 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: White Coppice-Round Loaf-Great Hill
Replies: 2
Views: 240

Re: White Coppice-Round Loaf-Great Hill

Paul - I thought I saw you in the distance as you were descending to White Coppice, we must have missed each other by a few minutes. I walked up the Hill from Brinscall last night 1940 hrs, back by 2145hrs. Lots of Meadow Pipits, Red Grouse heard too. Didn't hear the Grasshopper Warbler at Drinkwate...
by Jed Kirkham
Thu Jul 18, 2019 1:30 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Greenfinches
Replies: 0
Views: 267

Greenfinches

Since returning from Orkney about 10 days ago have seen/heard Greenfinches around the garden daily in Brinscall. At least one pair, possibly 2 pairs - they are currently very vocal. Good to have them back with their rattling/wheezing song after a few quiet years. Orkney highly recommended, I saw Gre...
by Jed Kirkham
Tue Jul 16, 2019 1:27 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Purple Rain
Replies: 0
Views: 276

Purple Rain

I found out the cause of the recent purple splotches on my car, neighbours' cars, footpaths and gardens etc. Yesterday evening walked up Well Lane and across the moors south of Heatherlea Woods, along the top of the bluff to the White Coppice-Great Hill path, up to Great Hill and back to Brinscall. ...
by Jed Kirkham
Sun Jun 16, 2019 11:51 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Bright Young Things
Replies: 3
Views: 340

Re: Bright Young Things

The peanuts and suet blocks are being eaten too, by House Sparrows, Blue and Great Tits, and the GS Woodpeckers. We also have a pair of Collared Doves eating the sunflower hearts. I've adjusted the bird table to stop Woodpigeons as these eat and eat and eat, no other birds get a look in. CDs can sti...
by Jed Kirkham
Fri Jun 14, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Bright Young Things
Replies: 3
Views: 340

Bright Young Things

Lots of juveniles in and around the garden. Counted 7 Great Tits feeding, probably a family group, mostly youngsters. House Sparrows (approx. 12) seem to be having a good year. Yesterday evening an adult Great Spotted Woodpecker was feeding sunflower seeds to a juvenile on the bird table - unusual a...

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