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by Jed Kirkham
Thu Jul 18, 2019 1:30 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Greenfinches
Replies: 0
Views: 31

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: 63

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: 186

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: 186

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...
by Jed Kirkham
Thu Jun 06, 2019 2:05 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Festival of Gowks
Replies: 4
Views: 293

Re: Festival of Gowks

I'm no Little Englander but I do like using and introducing the Old English or pre-Norman conquest/French-Latin names for things. I grew up in Carlisle and we still use many words which are unknown in Lancashire. Also: Spuggy for Sparrow, Cushet for Pigeon - don't know the origin of these... Thanks ...
by Jed Kirkham
Tue Jun 04, 2019 6:10 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Festival of Gowks
Replies: 4
Views: 293

Festival of Gowks

Yesterday evening stroll up to Great Hill summit and back, 1945 to 2220hrs. House Sparrows are doing well around the garden, +10 inc juvs. Pair of Bullfinch too. Walking up through the woods: Chaffinch, Wren, lots of Jackdaws, Song Thrush singing, Woodpigeons, Blackbird, Several Willow Warblers, Gre...
by Jed Kirkham
Sat May 25, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Eyes Lane
Replies: 2
Views: 170

Re: Eyes Lane

Shelduck I saw were all adult
by Jed Kirkham
Fri May 24, 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Eyes Lane
Replies: 2
Views: 170

Eyes Lane

Walk today 1200 to 1400hrs. (saw John F's post yesterday, possibly saw/heard some of the same birds!) Birds seen/heard: Wren, Chaffinch, Great Tit, Mistle Thrush, Woodpigeon, Blackbird, Carrion Crow, Goldfinch, Whitethroat (2), Skylark, Robin, 2 Yellowhammer singing, Lapwing with 2 chicks in field n...
by Jed Kirkham
Mon May 06, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Bank Holiday weekend birding
Replies: 0
Views: 110

Bank Holiday weekend birding

Friday afternoon Hic Bibi: Chiffchaff, Blackbird, Pheasant, Wren, Robin, Willow Warbler, Woodpigeon, Dunnock, Blackcap, Bullfinch, Mallard, Skylark over adjacent field, 2 Oystercatcher over, 2 Swift high and flying N, Blue Tit, Goldfinch, Great Tit, Jay, Grey Heron in pond, Garden Warbler seen brief...
by Jed Kirkham
Sat Apr 20, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Down by the River Chor
Replies: 0
Views: 123

Down by the River Chor

Talking with David & Keith on Thursday they mentioned the possibility of a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker in the woods of the River Chor, in Astley Pk and behind the MG/Nissan dealerships. I had a mooch around there starting at 0630hrs, down by the River behind the dealerships and at 0645 heard a Woodpec...
by Jed Kirkham
Sun Apr 14, 2019 9:02 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: G-Time: Golden Plover, Great Grey Shrike & Greeenfinch
Replies: 0
Views: 143

G-Time: Golden Plover, Great Grey Shrike & Greeenfinch

Thanks to all for the Great Grey Shrike posts, a great find. However, on my way to view it I was 20m past the top of Well Lane gate at 16.15hrs when I heard a mournful peep, stopped in my tracks and instantly back in Orkney & Shetland on summer holiday. Golden Plover, a male coming into breeding plu...
by Jed Kirkham
Mon Apr 01, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Lead mine clough area .
Replies: 7
Views: 403

Re: Lead mine clough area .

Another one on the ton. Well done Gary. I've looked for Wheatear around top of Well Lane but not seen yet. Soon!
by Jed Kirkham
Mon Apr 01, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Out and About (west and east)
Replies: 7
Views: 338

Re: Out and About (west and east)

Yes, well done Neville! Makes my current 75 seem a bit paltry but I'm a slow starter in everything and I won't be too upset if my final total is around 100
by Jed Kirkham
Sat Mar 16, 2019 3:04 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Foul weather, Fine Reed Bunting...
Replies: 0
Views: 110

Foul weather, Fine Reed Bunting...

The weather may be dire but at 1030hrs saw something I'd never seen in our garden: a Reed Bunting, feeding on sunflower hearts for 10 mins. A male, with its winter plumage starting to turn.
That beauty takes my Chorley total to 71 sp.
by Jed Kirkham
Thu Feb 28, 2019 1:21 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Butterflies - Comma and Peacock
Replies: 1
Views: 133

Re: Butterflies - Comma and Peacock

I know this is slightly south of the Chorley area, but I also saw a Comma butterfly during a lunchtime walk adjacent to Red Moss SSSI, Horwich

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