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by ianball
Wed Apr 22, 2020 8:47 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Out and about on the bike
Replies: 2
Views: 202

Re: Out and about on the bike

Couple of pictures of the Wood Warbler taken by Simon...
by ianball
Wed Apr 22, 2020 10:10 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Out and about on the bike
Replies: 2
Views: 202

Out and about on the bike

Cycled to White Coppice (with Simon) for an early start - walked with bikes to High Bullough - then cycled home. A glorious morning for exercise. Highlights: Cuckoo (118) and Garden Warbler by the cricket pitch. Grasshopper Warbler in the scrub just south, with a pair of showy Lesser Redpoll. Single...
by ianball
Tue Apr 21, 2020 9:22 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Common Bank Lodge
Replies: 4
Views: 273

Re: Common Bank Lodge

Glad you got the Garden Warbler Neil. It seems to have gradually worked it's way along the river towards the lodge :-)
by ianball
Tue Apr 21, 2020 12:24 pm
Forum: Butterfly Species and other insects - First Dates
Topic: Four Spotted Chaser
Replies: 1
Views: 157

Four Spotted Chaser

Teneral Four Spotted Chaser freshly emerged from the small pond on Yarrow Meadows at SD567167
by ianball
Tue Apr 21, 2020 12:22 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Common Bank Lodge
Replies: 4
Views: 273

Re: Common Bank Lodge

Not looking good at all. No sign of any ducklings this morning and the Mallard/Mandarin pair were swimming in the centre of the lodge by themselves :-( Only positive for me this morning was my first dragonfly of the year. A teneral Four Spotted Chaser freshly emerged from the small pond on the meado...
by ianball
Mon Apr 20, 2020 5:02 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Common Bank Lodge
Replies: 4
Views: 273

Re: Common Bank Lodge

Brief update from this afternoon. Not looking good for the ducklings. The female Mallard and male Mandarin were swimming on their own on the centre of the lodge with the ducklings still on the weir :-(
by ianball
Mon Apr 20, 2020 10:04 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Common Bank Lodge
Replies: 4
Views: 273

Common Bank Lodge

Interesting goings-on on the lodge this morning. A female Mallard with 6 (normal looking) ducklings were trying to climb the weir onto the lodge. In attendance and helping the ducklings was a male Mandarin! Will keep an eye on them as they grow... Also on the lodge were the Coot and 3 chicks, the 2 ...
by ianball
Sun Apr 19, 2020 7:57 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Garden wildlife
Replies: 4
Views: 249

Re: Garden wildlife

Many thanks Peter. Will start going through the pictures I've already got :-)
by ianball
Sun Apr 19, 2020 7:21 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Garden wildlife
Replies: 4
Views: 249

Garden wildlife

A good day for butterflies - Orange Tip, Green-veined White, Large White, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma. A good range of bees and hoverflies - excuse now to try and identify more of them, as well as Bee Fly again. 4 House Martin and one of the local Blackcap has visited the garden a couple of ...
by ianball
Sat Apr 18, 2020 10:59 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Out and about on the bike
Replies: 0
Views: 171

Out and about on the bike

Back out to the west of the area this morning. Highlight was Lesser Whitethroat (117) in Ulnes Walton near the east end of Holker Lane. 6+ Greenfinch in Runshaw Moor was nice to see, Ridley Lane had the singing (loudly) Reed Warbler as well as Whitethroat, Blackcap and Chiffchaff. The large (remaini...
by ianball
Fri Apr 17, 2020 11:28 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Common Bank Lodge and surrounds
Replies: 1
Views: 205

Common Bank Lodge and surrounds

Was very happy this morning to see a second Little Grebe back on the lodge. Pair of Coot have 3 chicks on the water. Pairs of Mute Swan and Moorhen as well. GS woodpecker calling and drumming around the lodge. Garden Warbler again, this time in scrub by the river to the north of the valley. 7+ Black...
by ianball
Wed Apr 15, 2020 7:31 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Belmont and back on the bike - again
Replies: 0
Views: 188

Belmont and back on the bike - again

Another glorious evening to be cycling the Moors. A lot of police up there though speaking to and moving on cars. Grasshopper Warbler again near Ward's Reservoir, Two pairs of Stonechat and one of Reed Bunting on fencing by the road. Red Grouse (116) called in the area of the now recovering moorland...
by ianball
Mon Apr 13, 2020 8:04 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Belmont and back on the bike
Replies: 0
Views: 166

Belmont and back on the bike

Lovely evening to test the muscles over Rivington :-) Highlights: Stonechat pair (110) and reeling Grasshopper Warbler (111) at Ward's Reservoir, with a Common Buzzard over the hillside. Another pair of Stonechat just below Hordern Stoops, with vocal Curlew on both sides of the road summit. Pair of ...
by ianball
Mon Apr 13, 2020 12:56 pm
Forum: Butterfly Species and other insects - First Dates
Topic: Speckled Wood
Replies: 0
Views: 219

Speckled Wood

First Speckled Wood of the spring in the back garden just now. Y'day had singles of both Orange Tip and Green-veined White, as well as Bee Fly.
by ianball
Sat Apr 11, 2020 11:32 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Out and about on the bike
Replies: 1
Views: 136

Out and about on the bike

After last night's rain everywhere seemed alive with birds - so much noise as I cycled around :-) Holker Lane - 1 Golden Plover, 2 Curlew, 1 Grey Wagtail and 8+ Lapwing Ridley Lane - Reed Warbler (107) calling from the small reed bed along with Blackcap and Chiffchaff Eyes Lane - the long manure pil...

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