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by Neil Southworth
Thu Jul 02, 2020 10:31 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Yarrow Valley Park
Replies: 1
Views: 85

Yarrow Valley Park

The grebes may have already lost one of their chicks as there only appeared to be two on mother's back today. The second pair of swans are down to two cygnets, one having been removed to the vets and onto a swan sanctuary. The four cygnets on Top Lodge are nearing full size. The seven young Coot are...
by Neil Southworth
Sat Jun 27, 2020 12:01 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Yarrow Valley Park
Replies: 9
Views: 307

Re: Yarrow Valley Park

The second pair of Mute swans now have 3 chicks. The GC Grebe has two. A Coot family with 7 young were in a tight raft on big lodge. Mandarin and single young and original swan family on Top Lodge. Grey Wagtail at three locations with young birds at one. A bird at the weir has a gammy leg. nuthatch ...
by Neil Southworth
Fri Jun 26, 2020 10:19 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Yarrow Valley Park
Replies: 9
Views: 307

Re: Yarrow Valley Park

I suppose we should be recording these terrapins / turtles just as we do with any other feral / invasive species. The best I can come up with for the one in Peter's photo is Painted Turtle. Red-eared Slider is another possibility. If anyone knows any better, please post. Interestingly, there was a s...
by Neil Southworth
Fri Jun 26, 2020 9:43 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Yarrow Valley Park
Replies: 9
Views: 307

Re: Yarrow Valley Park

The pair of swans on the raft now have a chick, so they have good reason to attack the terrapin!
by Neil Southworth
Thu Jun 25, 2020 10:46 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Red Kite
Replies: 0
Views: 113

Red Kite

Red Kite over Belmont today. Info from Stephen Martin.
by Neil Southworth
Thu Jun 25, 2020 10:45 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Yarrow Valley Park
Replies: 9
Views: 307

Re: Yarrow Valley Park

The Great Crested Grebes have now produced a chick, with perhaps another to follow.

Insect:- Black-tailed Skimmer
by Neil Southworth
Tue Jun 23, 2020 7:48 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Yarrow Valley Park
Replies: 9
Views: 307

Yarrow Valley Park

Top lodge:- Pair of Mute Swans with 4 fast growing cygnets, female Mandarin with one juvenile, 2 singing Reed Bunting, but no Reed Warbler. Big Lodge:- Pairs of Mute Swan and GC Grebe still infanticipating. Female Mallard with 8 and 6 young respectively. Coot with 1 and 4 young, c25 BH Gulls with 3 ...
by Neil Southworth
Tue Jun 16, 2020 9:59 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Hobby
Replies: 6
Views: 336

Re: Hobby

There's usually a moulting flock of 100+ on Anglezarke Reservoir in June.
by Neil Southworth
Sun Jun 14, 2020 6:29 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Bioblitz 2020
Replies: 6
Views: 247

Re: Bioblitz 2020

My only butterfly of the weekend was a Small Tortoiseshell through this afternoon.
by Neil Southworth
Sun Jun 14, 2020 6:27 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Withnell Fold canal and flashes
Replies: 0
Views: 117

Withnell Fold canal and flashes

Needless to say not a drop of water at the flashes. Birds seen:= Mallard female with 5 young, Coot 4, Moorhen, Pheasant, Buzzard, Kestrel, Lapwing 5 inc 1 juve, BH Gull, LBB Gull, Woodpigeon, Magpie, Jackdaw, Crow, Skylark, Swift, Swallow, House Martin, Chiffchaff, Blackcap 3, Whitethroat 2, Blue, G...
by Neil Southworth
Sat Jun 13, 2020 10:04 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: White Coppice
Replies: 0
Views: 115

White Coppice

5 Cuckoo encounters. Could all have been the same male, but possibly two different birds. Singing Willow Warblers still well into double figures. Other sightings:- Pheasant, Mallard 12, Moorhen, Stock Dove 2, Swallow, Whitethroat, Blackcap 2, Nuthatch, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Pied Wagtail, Grey ...
by Neil Southworth
Sat Jun 13, 2020 9:54 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Bioblitz 2020
Replies: 6
Views: 247

Re: Bioblitz 2020

Garden flora survey. Some of the following were identified using the Plantnet App. Some of the results were surprising, so if any seem improbable, could David or Lydia please let me know:- Dandelion, Creeping Buttercup, Daisy, Stinging Nettle, Bramble species, Broad-leaved Dock, Clustered Dock, Herb...
by Neil Southworth
Thu Jun 11, 2020 10:25 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Bioblitz weekend 13/14 June
Replies: 1
Views: 209

Re: Bioblitz weekend 13/14 June

A Grid Reference for your garden would also be useful, if possible.
by Neil Southworth
Thu Jun 11, 2020 10:12 pm
Forum: Species recorded this year
Topic: Species recorded in 2020
Replies: 46
Views: 5782

Re: Species recorded in 2020

Great White Egret takes us to 147
by Neil Southworth
Thu Jun 11, 2020 10:09 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Great White Egret
Replies: 2
Views: 283

Re: Great White Egret

Just my luck. I was there yesterday. It's probably not gone far though.

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