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by ianball
Mon Apr 14, 2014 2:25 pm
Forum: 2014 Recent Sightings Submissions
Topic: A49 Flooded Field
Replies: 1
Views: 667

A49 Flooded Field

Little Ringed Plover briefly on the nearest pond at 1.45pm before flying to the lower pond and out of sight. Third time lucky here for me this year. Steady passage of Hirundines and gulls through in the 20 minutes I was there. Highlight was a Med Gull calling as it flew over with Black Heads. House ...
by ianball
Fri Apr 11, 2014 8:53 pm
Forum: 2014 Recent Sightings Submissions
Topic: Sighting of Wood Warbler, Merlin and Willow Tit in Rivington
Replies: 3
Views: 672

Re: Sighting of Wood Warbler, Merlin and Willow Tit in Rivin

I've only got the 2010 report at hand but that Wood Warbler is 8 days earlier than the earliest recorded for Lancashire up until then. I've not seen any other reports anywhere else in the UK. Interesting to know if it was seen and/or heard?
by ianball
Fri Apr 11, 2014 7:30 pm
Forum: 2014 Recent Sightings Submissions
Topic: Croston Reed Bed, Twin Lakes, E-shape Pond
Replies: 2
Views: 811

Re: Croston Reed Bed, Twin Lakes, E-shape Pond

Out and about at Martin Mere today. On returning had Swallows near Croston Sewage Works, near the Travellers Rest on Dawbers Lane, and by Runshaw Adult Training College. Also, a few days ago near the Travellers Rest, Woodcock over the road down at the bottom of the dip/sharp bend.
by ianball
Wed Apr 09, 2014 6:59 pm
Forum: 2014 Recent Sightings Submissions
Topic: Possible Hobby
Replies: 2
Views: 1034

Re: Possible Hobby

There is a pair of Kestrel in the area. Did you get an idea of tail length as well?
by ianball
Wed Apr 02, 2014 10:11 pm
Forum: 2014 Recent Sightings Submissions
Topic: Charnock richard .
Replies: 3
Views: 613

Re: Charnock richard .

That'll be a shame. I've seen many good birds and dragonflies whilst playing golf at certain courses and Charnock was always a reliable one for interesting things.
by ianball
Wed Apr 02, 2014 7:52 pm
Forum: 2014 Recent Sightings Submissions
Topic: Charnock richard .
Replies: 3
Views: 613

Re: Charnock richard .

I don't know if it is still the case but I thought somebody had bought the rights to the golf course and it would reopen some time in the future. I've played golf there several times and the ponds are excellent for dragonflies. I remember having Red Veined Darter there during the year when they were...
by ianball
Mon Mar 31, 2014 10:57 am
Forum: 2014 Recent Sightings Submissions
Topic: Confirmation Please
Replies: 8
Views: 1285

Re: Confirmation Please

According to the literature Redpolls moult in late summer only. Based on the second picture it does look quite frosty below which goes more with a Mealy type bird. On a few other sites Redpolls are giving others ID headaches because of the worn state of birds.
by ianball
Sun Mar 30, 2014 10:16 pm
Forum: 2014 Recent Sightings Submissions
Topic: Confirmation Please
Replies: 8
Views: 1285

Re: Confirmation Please

Hi Often the best way with Mealy (Common) Redpoll is the size but your bird is on its own. To me it seems like quite a small bird more like Lesser. The wing bars are white but the new Helm ID guide does state that spring Lesser Redpolls can show this feature. There are some whitish streaks down the ...
by ianball
Mon Mar 24, 2014 9:24 pm
Forum: 2014 Recent Sightings Submissions
Topic: Twin Lakes
Replies: 0
Views: 365

Twin Lakes

Little Gull still present this afternoon. With a few other bits and bobs over the last few weeks my year list is now 85.
by ianball
Mon Feb 17, 2014 5:24 pm
Forum: Out of Area Sightings
Topic: Beaumaris, Anglesey
Replies: 1
Views: 983

Beaumaris, Anglesey

Couple of relaxing days in North Wales. Plenty of birds yesterday (quieter today) including Great Northern and Red Throated Diver, Slavonian and Great Crested Grebe, Black Guillemot, Guillemot, Razorbill, Red Breasted Merganser, Goldeneye, Eider, Little Egret, Raven, Wigeon, Shag, Rock Pipit and Buz...
by ianball
Thu Feb 06, 2014 10:59 am
Forum: 2014 Recent Sightings Submissions
Topic: WAXWINGS!!!
Replies: 9
Views: 1892

Re: WAXWINGS!!!

Waxwing still there and being very photogenic this morning. Briefly wandered on Croston Moss this morning too. Nothing different to what's been seen recently but Red Legged Partridge, Shelduck and Corn Bunting took me up to 78 for the year.
by ianball
Wed Feb 05, 2014 1:51 pm
Forum: 2014 Recent Sightings Submissions
Topic: WAXWINGS!!!
Replies: 9
Views: 1892

Re: WAXWINGS!!!

Single bird sat in lower branches of the Rowan at 1.45pm as I drove past. That's me up to 75 birds, and very lucky that we have a Waxwing in our area with so relatively few about.
by ianball
Tue Jan 21, 2014 11:16 am
Forum: 2014 Recent Sightings Submissions
Topic: YVP 21st
Replies: 0
Views: 607

YVP 21st

Kingfisher showing off in the channel, Grey Wagtail nearby. Pair of Dipper at the weir. Cormorant on the raft on the big lodge. Great Crested Grebe very close at car park end of big lodge. By the feeding station/screen - Bullfinch, Treecreeper, Nuthatch, Lt Tit notable.
by ianball
Fri Jan 17, 2014 5:19 pm
Forum: 2014 Recent Sightings Submissions
Topic: YVP
Replies: 0
Views: 537

YVP

At dusk this evening the Kingfisher was on the small channel, with Grey Wagtail nearby. 3 Great Crested Grebe on the big lodge with 2 birds starting to display.
by ianball
Thu Jan 16, 2014 11:25 am
Forum: 2014 Recent Sightings Submissions
Topic: Anglezarke .
Replies: 2
Views: 684

Re: Anglezarke .

Stroll and fresh air around High Bullough Reservoir - 1M and 2F Goldeneye on the water and along the 'stone' woodland walk 30-40 Brambling in a big mixed flock with Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Great Spotted Woodpecker, and numerous Coal, Great, Blue and Long Tailed Tit. Goldeneye and Brambling take me to...

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