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by ianball
Tue Aug 04, 2009 8:22 pm
Forum: 2009 Recent Sightings Submissions
Topic: Youngsters
Replies: 0
Views: 749

Youngsters

Yesterday spent an enjoyable half hour watching the two tern youngsters being shown fishing skills by their parents. Both juvs were flying short distances from the raft and copying the parents as they dived into the water. Over at Astley Park the Little Grebe parents had 6 littl'uns in tow, catching...
by ianball
Thu Jun 25, 2009 8:57 pm
Forum: 2009 Recent Sightings Submissions
Topic: Cuerden Dragonfly Pond
Replies: 0
Views: 681

Cuerden Dragonfly Pond

Lunchtime visit. Arrived at 12 and a solitary Emperor present along with numerous 'blue' and Blue-Tailed Damselflies. Close inspection of the Blue-Tailed's revealed an amazing variety of colours of thorax. Violets to pinks to greens to blues. During the next half an hour, teneral 4-Spotted Chasers a...
by ianball
Tue Jun 16, 2009 8:52 pm
Forum: 2009 Recent Sightings Submissions
Topic: Dragonfly day
Replies: 5
Views: 1781

Casual visit

Hi Dave

Don't worry, this wasn't a planned trip you missed. As a birdwatcher primarily I veer towards dragonflies at this time of year and the Dragonfly pond at the northern end of Cuerden Valley is one of my favourite spots.

Hope this clears things up
Ian
by ianball
Sun Jun 14, 2009 7:03 pm
Forum: 2009 Recent Sightings Submissions
Topic: Dragonfly day
Replies: 5
Views: 1781

Dragonfly day

Visit to Cuerden Valley Dragonfly Pond this afternoon was fantastic. Male and female Emperor Dragonfly doing the rounds, with numerous Four Spotted Chaser (too busy and active to accurately count, maybe 30+) with several unspotted tenerals getting the pulse going. Damselflies were everywhere, mainly...
by ianball
Tue Jun 09, 2009 6:43 pm
Forum: 2009 Recent Sightings Submissions
Topic: Mon.8thJune.Y.V.Park.
Replies: 1
Views: 873

Terns

Both terns were defending the raft this morning (Tuesday) from the passing gulls. Although the way they were sometimes sat on opposite sides looked like they'd had a bit of a disagreement :?

Also seen of note: Blackcap, Treecreeper, Nuthatch, GS Woodpecker, Dipper, Grey Wagtail
by ianball
Tue Mar 03, 2009 2:17 pm
Forum: 2009 Recent Sightings Submissions
Topic: willow warbler
Replies: 5
Views: 1688

Hi Kath

The Chiffchaff is a very similar looking bird to Willow Warbler and regularly winters in the UK in small numbers. This is more likely and always a good find in winter.

Ian
by ianball
Thu Feb 26, 2009 11:26 am
Forum: 2009 Recent Sightings Submissions
Topic: Chorley Ravens.Tue 24th Feb.
Replies: 3
Views: 1393

Comings and goings

The Ravens are providing a pleasant distraction from my classroom as I watch them harassing (or being harassed by) the gulls and smaller crows over the Parklands High School fields. Apologies to any parents therefore who may feel that education is suffering :)
by ianball
Tue Feb 24, 2009 10:56 am
Forum: 2009 Recent Sightings Submissions
Topic: Waxwings (24/2/09).
Replies: 1
Views: 907

Yesterday

The waxwings were really struggling to get to the berries yesterday afternoon. I saw them at 3.45pm and the Mistle Thrush was not happy. The waxwings eventually got fed up and flew north into the trees between Water Street and National Tyres.
by ianball
Wed Sep 03, 2008 9:10 pm
Forum: 2008 Recent Sightings Submissions
Topic: Did anyone else see?
Replies: 2
Views: 1176

Thanks for that Neil. I've seen up to three buzzards distantly from the backgarden but I find it fascinating that some of the birds are now looking closer to the urban environment for possible food. Interesting about the Shag influx, my dad (also a keen birdwatcher) was with me and was surprised at ...
by ianball
Tue Sep 02, 2008 10:51 pm
Forum: 2008 Recent Sightings Submissions
Topic: Did anyone else see?
Replies: 2
Views: 1176

Did anyone else see?

At about 3pm on Sunday two cormorant type birds flew over my back garden in the Gillibrand estate. No bins at hand but one bird was big and one was significantly smaller. Assume juv bird but difficult to find in literature how much smaller juveniles are from adults? Even the BTO website has no measu...
by ianball
Thu Aug 07, 2008 8:31 pm
Forum: 2008 Recent Sightings Submissions
Topic: Burgh Hall Road Pond
Replies: 0
Views: 787

Burgh Hall Road Pond

In the lunchtime sun 2m and 1f Broad Bodied Chaser, 2 Brown Hawker, abundant Common Darter and 1 Azure Damselfly.
by ianball
Sat Jan 19, 2008 9:05 pm
Forum: 2008 Recent Sightings Submissions
Topic: Raven 19/01
Replies: 0
Views: 798

Raven 19/01

Saturday lunchtime a Raven was loitering around the roundabout to the entrance to the Gillibrand North estate in Yarrow Valley. Circling and calling then landing next to a Carrion Crow. Great size comparison.
by ianball
Thu Dec 27, 2007 7:59 pm
Forum: 2007 Recent Sightings Submissions
Topic: Yarrow Valley - 26th
Replies: 0
Views: 1802

Yarrow Valley - 26th

Water Rail and Kingfisher on the top lodge. Various woodland species including greater spotted woodpecker and nuthatch. On returning to car 99.9% sure of Marsh Tit calling behind visitor centre in mixed tit flock but no visible confirmation within the mobile flock.
by ianball
Thu Aug 23, 2007 7:34 pm
Forum: 2007 Recent Sightings Submissions
Topic: Chorley birds
Replies: 0
Views: 681

Chorley birds

Four Buzzards circling over the trees west of Dob Brow ponds at 10.15am. Raven seen at 4.30pm being mobbed by a Carrion Crow over Parklands High School playing fields heading towards Astley Park.
by ianball
Tue Aug 21, 2007 7:37 pm
Forum: 2007 Recent Sightings Submissions
Topic: Cuerden 16 Aug
Replies: 1
Views: 858

in addition...

Early afternoon there was Brown Hawker and Emperor at the breeding pond, with 3 teneral Common Darter, Blue-tailed and Common Blue Damselfly. Ken Mill pond very quiet with only Common Darter and Common Blue Damselfly present.

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