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by John Frankland
Sun Sep 08, 2019 11:58 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Winter Hill and Reservoirs
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Views: 129

Winter Hill and Reservoirs

Winter Hill 915 to 1030 Swallow/House Martin c100 Meadow Pipit c50 Kestrel 3 Red Grouse 2 (Manchester side 3 Sparrowhawk at summit. 1 Buzzard, 2 Ravens, 1 Hobby and 1 Sparrowhawk near horse paddocks at bottom of hill) Lower Rivington Great Crested Grebe 4 c30 LBB Gull with some BH Gull Anglezarke Co...
by John Frankland
Sat Sep 07, 2019 7:48 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Out and about Croston area
Replies: 0
Views: 116

Out and about Croston area

Afternoon visits. Twin Lakes Great Crested Grebe 6, Coot 2, Mallard 20, Canada Goose 6, Pied Wagtail 20, Linnet 2, Kestrel 1, Buzzard 1 Croston Mosses (along river and Great Close) Marsh Harrier hunting again for about 40 minutes although seemed to always be distant from where I was or it was huntin...
by John Frankland
Sat Sep 07, 2019 10:11 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: YVCP Gannet
Replies: 1
Views: 203

YVCP Gannet

One seen alive this morning at 7am on YVCP by Gordon Turner with some great photos on the Facebook page. Unfortunately the Gannet was deceased under trees near the car park by 910am when I arrived. The bird was an adult and showed no obvious injuries or illness eg oil or fishing gear. The body was f...
by John Frankland
Sat Sep 07, 2019 9:11 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Gannett? Tincklers fields Eccleston.
Replies: 2
Views: 240

Re: Gannett? Tincklers fields Eccleston.

It isn’t a wind up but unfortunately it was deceased when I arrived at 910am. Body is under the trees near the car park.
by John Frankland
Fri Sep 06, 2019 6:29 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Eyes Lane
Replies: 0
Views: 122

Eyes Lane

Early evening visit. 10 Goosander on river with c30 Mallard. 2 Moorhen. C50 Geese over in small flocks were mainly Canada with just a single Greylag. 3 Buzzards in the flood field including very pale juvenile. 2 Kestrel including the one with jessies. Plenty of Woodpigeon and scraggy Pheasants.
by John Frankland
Wed Sep 04, 2019 6:36 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Eyes Lane Hobby
Replies: 0
Views: 157

Eyes Lane Hobby

Early evening visit in blustery conditions. Finally managed to find a Kestrel this summer which wasn’t a Kestrel ! The Hobby was seen well heading towards Bank Hall including an unsuccessful attempt at a Swallow. Also seen 2 Kestrels, 2 Buzzard and 1 Sparrowhawk. 6 Mute Swan including 4 juveniles on...
by John Frankland
Wed Aug 28, 2019 7:15 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Marsh Harrier !!
Replies: 6
Views: 502

Re: Marsh Harrier !!

The Marsh Harrier still present Wednesday evening and showing well. Initially spotted 615pm over the wet field near Great Hanging Bridge giving good views before it drifted off towards Eyes Lane. So I called in there and got some fabulous views 635 to 650pm at least hunting over the main flood field...
by John Frankland
Mon Aug 26, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Marsh Harrier !!
Replies: 6
Views: 502

Re: Marsh Harrier !!

Harrier still present on Croston Moss at 445pm. Initially between the twin hedge and railway before heading over the railway towards Alma Wood.

Great find Gary !

Also 1 Peregrine and 2 Buzzards. A GBB Gull amongst the gulls in Great Close pools.

Takes me to 136 species for the year.
by John Frankland
Fri Aug 23, 2019 8:11 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Croston/Mawdesley Moss
Replies: 1
Views: 205

Re: Croston/Mawdesley Moss

Quiet this evening.

Green Sandpiper 1 heard near double hedge.
Greenshank 1 heard distantly
Lapwing 22
Kestrel 4, Buzzard 3
Whitethroat 1
Partridge species 3

Just 4 Swallow.
by John Frankland
Wed Aug 21, 2019 8:35 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Croston/Mawdesley Moss
Replies: 1
Views: 205

Croston/Mawdesley Moss

Only a mini “wader fest” this evening including my 9th wader of the week, a Snipe. Greenshank 3 (Alma Wood pool which is drying up fast) Green Sandpiper 3 (from pools between Alma Wood pool and railway. Flew to Alma Wood pool where 1 seen). Curlew 1 (near Great Close) Snipe 1 (near derelict barn) Sw...
by John Frankland
Tue Aug 20, 2019 1:52 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Wader Fest on mosses !
Replies: 4
Views: 309

Re: Wader Fest on mosses !

We can still dream though !!
by John Frankland
Tue Aug 20, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Wader Fest on mosses !
Replies: 4
Views: 309

Re: Wader Fest on mosses !

About the additional (presumably) single Godwit.

A single Long Billed Dowitcher has turned up at Martin Mere this morning.

Could it have been ?
by John Frankland
Mon Aug 19, 2019 8:09 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Wader Fest on mosses !
Replies: 4
Views: 309

Wader Fest on mosses !

6 species of wader this evening ! Green Sandpiper 1 heard near Douglas Ringed Plover 2 (1A, 1juv) on Great Close Flood Dunlin 3 joined the 2 Ringed Plover in flight as they departed west but didn’t see where they arrived from Lapwing 5 Greenshank 5 (1+4) on Alma Wood flood Black Tailed Godwit 12 ove...
by John Frankland
Mon Aug 19, 2019 8:53 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Croston/mawdesley moss .
Replies: 3
Views: 266

Re: Croston/mawdesley moss .

Early morning visit Monday. Green Sandpiper 1 over Great Close floods Ringed Plover 1 probable (or LRP) distantly on back of the field which previously held Golden Plover. Swallow 50+ on Great Close. Kestrel 3-4 Buzzard 1 Canada Goose 2 dropped briefly onto Great Close floods Whitethroat 1 Stock Dov...
by John Frankland
Sun Aug 18, 2019 3:49 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Green Woodpecker !
Replies: 0
Views: 152

Green Woodpecker !

1 Green Woodpecker heard and seen well in flight at north end of Anglezarke Reservoir at about 325pm. Flew over what looked like Gary’s van on the causeway ! 11 Cormorant on the rocks in middle of reservoir. 3 GBB Gull on upper Rivington earlier. Professor Yaffle takes me to 135 species for the year.

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