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by Neil Southworth
Sun Nov 17, 2019 2:31 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Monthly Duck Count
Replies: 0
Views: 52

Monthly Duck Count

Birkacre Lodges:- Mute Swan 5, Mallard 58, Tufted Duck 8, Coot 15, Moorhen 7, Water Rail 1, GC Grebe 2, Cormorant 3, Grey Heron 1, Dipper 1, Grey Wagtail 2 Common Bank Lodge:- Mallard 6, Moorhen 8, Coot 1, Little Grebe 2, Cormorant 2, Grey Wagtail 1, GS Pecker 1 Heapey Lodges:- Mallard 46, Tufted D...
by Neil Southworth
Wed Nov 13, 2019 5:30 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Withnell Fold
Replies: 0
Views: 110

Withnell Fold

Still plenty of water in the field by the canal but still no wildfowl. There were 4 juvenile mute Swans on the canal and up to 40 Mallard in one of the fields. A flock of c20 Redwing and Fieldfare was moving along the hedgerow as was a flock of Long-tailed Tits. the main bird activity, however, was ...
by Neil Southworth
Sat Nov 09, 2019 4:45 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Lower Healey
Replies: 0
Views: 76

Lower Healey

Lots of birds at Lower Healey today in contrast to previous visit. Firstly, Top Lodge had Mallard 29, Tufted Duck 7, Goosander 7, GC Grebe, Coot and BH Gull 8. Bottom Lodge had Mallard 2, Coot 6 and Moorhen 3. The lower slopes of the Nab were alive with corvids, probably 200+ including Jay 4, Magpie...
by Neil Southworth
Fri Nov 08, 2019 3:02 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Great Grey Shrike
Replies: 6
Views: 344

Re: Great Grey Shrike

There must be a good chance that it's April's bird, which hopefully means it might hang around for the winter.
by Neil Southworth
Fri Nov 08, 2019 3:00 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Reservoirs
Replies: 2
Views: 138

Re: Reservoirs

There were at least 6 Mandarin Duck there this morning - there may have been more out of sight - plus 8 Tufted Duck and 3 Mallard.
by Neil Southworth
Thu Nov 07, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Reservoirs
Replies: 2
Views: 138

Re: Reservoirs

Apparently there are 20+ Mandarin Duck on Anglezarke today (Jacqui Hill on Twitter). There was a similar size gathering there at this time last year.
by Neil Southworth
Thu Nov 07, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Willow Tits back
Replies: 1
Views: 137

Re: Willow Tits back

Great news Brian. Please keep us posted.
by Neil Southworth
Thu Nov 07, 2019 3:50 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Starlings
Replies: 0
Views: 74

Starlings

A flock of c50 Starlings on telephone wires near my house was the most I've seen here for a few years.
by Neil Southworth
Thu Nov 07, 2019 3:48 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Reservoirs
Replies: 2
Views: 138

Reservoirs

A quick circuit of the main reservoirs yesterday produced only:-
Upper Rivington:- 12 Cormorant in the roost
Anglezarke north end:- Mallard c30, Tufted Duck 2
plus a few gulls on each

All the reservoirs are brim full to the extent that even Cormorant island on Anglezarke has now disappeared.
by Neil Southworth
Fri Nov 01, 2019 10:25 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Waxwings
Replies: 1
Views: 177

Waxwings

7 Waxwings reported feeding on rowans at the entrance to Euxton Park Hospital this afternoon before flying off south (to roost?). Reported on both Birdguides and RBA.
by Neil Southworth
Wed Oct 30, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Field Trip to Eyes Lane Bretherton, 2.11.19
Replies: 0
Views: 89

Field Trip to Eyes Lane Bretherton, 2.11.19

The next field trip is a visit to Eyes Lane, Bretherton, on Saturday 2nd November.

Park in Eyes Lane at the top of the drive down to Bank Hall (Grid Ref SD 470202 approx). The visit commences at 9.30 am.
by Neil Southworth
Wed Oct 30, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Lead Mines Clough
Replies: 1
Views: 129

Lead Mines Clough

Finch city at the top of Lead Mine Clough with Chaffinch, Brambling, Goldfinch, Siskin, Lesser Redpoll, and Bullfinch all feeding on pine cones or rowan berries. Goldfinch were by far the most numerous, but there were also plenty of Chaffinch with a few Brambling mixed in. A couple of Fieldfare, Mis...
by Neil Southworth
Sun Oct 27, 2019 9:25 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Croston Twin Lakes
Replies: 0
Views: 154

Croston Twin Lakes

Just a few Mallard, a single GC Grebe and a Moorhen on the southern lake. The flooded field held 50+ BH Gulls, a single Lapwing and a scattering of Pied Wagtails.
by Neil Southworth
Sun Oct 27, 2019 9:23 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Croston/mawdesley moss .
Replies: 2
Views: 166

Re: Croston/mawdesley moss .

Just to add a covey of 5 Grey Partridge flushed along the track by Great Close, plus a pair of Stonechat on the fence line along Great Close. Is that where you saw them, Gary?
by Neil Southworth
Sat Oct 26, 2019 5:26 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Yarrow Valley Park
Replies: 0
Views: 151

Yarrow Valley Park

Nothing brought in by the rain. Still 2 GC Grebe, 10 Tufted and Cormorant on Big Lodge and 2 Grey Heron and Kingfisher on Top Lodge.
Deluge at the weir.

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