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by Neville Root
Sun Jan 10, 2016 2:19 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Bretherton Eyes Lane floods 8.45-12.45
Replies: 0
Views: 341

Bretherton Eyes Lane floods 8.45-12.45

Unfortunately couldn't make the NAT's outing yesterday, so went to see if there was as many birds today. First off, had to walk\wade from Croston to Eyes Lane as the Bretherton road had flooded at the Lostock Bridge. Birds seen shelduck, wigeon (similar size flock to yesterday), gadwall, mallard, pi...
by Neville Root
Tue Jan 05, 2016 1:33 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: YVP - Birkacre
Replies: 0
Views: 470

YVP - Birkacre

Quick lunchtime stroll through Birkacre - great crested grebe, mute swan (4), Canada goose (6), mallard, tufted duck (10), goosander (4m & 1 f on Small Lodge), moorhen, coot, B-H gull, woodpigeon, kingfisher 2 (1 on Small Lodge & other on Top Lodge), grey wagtail (Small Lodge), robin, blackbird, coa...
by Neville Root
Sun Jan 03, 2016 1:21 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Bretherton Eyes & Croston Finney
Replies: 0
Views: 350

Bretherton Eyes & Croston Finney

Seems to be a few of us in the area this morning! Birds seen (much the same as Gary and Len) - Bretherton Eyes: mute swan, skein of pink-footed geese flying over, shelduck (12), mallard, pintail pair (m & f), common buzzard, kestrel, pheasant, lapwing (c.100), B-H gull (100's), LB-B gull, herring gu...
by Neville Root
Tue Dec 29, 2015 5:22 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Anglezarke
Replies: 0
Views: 354

Anglezarke

Tried to boost my Chorley total with the pochard at Anglezarke, no luck only a cormorant, mallards, bh gulls (many) and a single LBB gull. Flock of siskin (30), fieldfare (50), pied wagtail (9) in field with similar number of meadow pipits. Causeway between U & L Rivington reservoirs still flooded w...
by Neville Root
Wed Dec 23, 2015 3:12 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Common Bank Lodge
Replies: 6
Views: 1585

Re: Common Bank Lodge

There were 18 goosanders (9 m & 9f) on the lodge back in February, maybe its the same bunch
by Neville Root
Sat Dec 19, 2015 3:48 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Yarrow Valley Park - Sat pm
Replies: 0
Views: 325

Yarrow Valley Park - Sat pm

Afternoon walk around the Birkacre lodges - 7 goosander (4m & 3 f); male mute swan & its 3 offspring; good numbers of coot, mallard, tufted ducks, BH gulls on Big Lodge; 2 GC grebe; nuthatch; chaffinch; wren; Gr & Bl tits; heron wolfing down a large fish near the weir; kingfisher on its usual perch ...
by Neville Root
Sun Dec 13, 2015 6:13 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Eyes Lane & e-shaped ponds, Bretherton
Replies: 1
Views: 452

Eyes Lane & e-shaped ponds, Bretherton

Plenty of wading in often quite deep water on the flooded fields - shelduck (2), teal, wigeon (4 m & 3f), mallard, pintail (? looked very much like a male, but it was at a distance and largely obscured by mallards, when I tried to get closer I flushed the lot of them. Species seems to be rare for Ch...
by Neville Root
Mon Nov 30, 2015 4:06 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Field Trip to Brockholes
Replies: 2
Views: 740

Re: Field Trip to Brockholes

From today's Bird Guides - Black Redstart at Brockholes Nature Reserve, still by Sand Martin bank then apparently taken by Sparrowhawk mid-morning.
by Neville Root
Mon Nov 16, 2015 9:32 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Hedgehogs
Replies: 1
Views: 557

Re: Hedgehogs

saw one quite mobile but periliously close to the road yesterday afternoon, opposite the entrance to Tescos (Foxhole Rd)
by Neville Root
Sat Nov 14, 2015 7:41 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Ring-necked Parakeet
Replies: 9
Views: 2228

Re: Ring-necked Parakeet

it has Neil. Wasn't sure if parakeets were contenders. Ring-necked parakeet takes my Chorley year list to 108.
by Neville Root
Fri Nov 13, 2015 2:15 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Ring-necked Parakeet
Replies: 9
Views: 2228

Re: Ring-necked Parakeet

and again, very noisily, over St Mary's School this morning as a resuly of being pursued by 2 kestrels. Also a peregrine on the Morrison's tower.
by Neville Root
Sat Oct 31, 2015 3:53 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Belmont Reservoir & Lead Mine Clough
Replies: 2
Views: 753

Re: Belmont Reservoir & Lead Mine Clough

Took a walk up the Clough to try and find a brambling for the first time this year after Leonard's spot earlier. No joy there, but there were plenty of goldcrests, bullfinch, jay, crow, robin, chaffinch, blue tit, treecreeper and a half a dozen reed buntings and a possible flushed snipe on the far s...
by Neville Root
Mon Oct 19, 2015 8:59 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Lead Mines Clough
Replies: 13
Views: 3175

Re: Lead Mines Clough

Les W, are you the chap from Wigan I met on Saturday at the top of the Clough? If so, glad you got the crossbills in the end. Saturday wasn't a great day up there due the shooters in the plantation. The spot where you saw them seems to be a favoured place for them.
by Neville Root
Fri Oct 16, 2015 6:58 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Lead Mine Clough & Holts Flat plantation (4.00-6.00pm)
Replies: 2
Views: 623

Lead Mine Clough & Holts Flat plantation (4.00-6.00pm)

Great to see crossbills for the first time ever. A party of about 20 were in the dead pines at the top of the clough where Limestone Brook drops off the moor. Managed to get good views in the scope before they flew off and dropped (eventually) into Holts Flat plantation. Other birds seen were a larg...
by Neville Root
Sun Oct 11, 2015 1:30 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Healey Nab - a.m.
Replies: 0
Views: 391

Healey Nab - a.m.

Taking a breather from mountain biking on the Nab managed to spot 2 small flocks of goldcrests and coal tits in a pine tree and a GS woodpecker and a treecreeper on an adjacent non-evergreen.

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