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by John Frankland
Wed Sep 04, 2019 6:36 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Eyes Lane Hobby
Replies: 0
Views: 119

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: 430

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: 430

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: 162

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: 162

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: 248

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: 248

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: 248

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: 207

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: 127

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.
by John Frankland
Sat Aug 17, 2019 12:17 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Croston/mawdesley moss .
Replies: 8
Views: 410

Re: Croston/mawdesley moss .

Cuckoo still present this morning near railway together with single Greenshank and 2 Golden Plover in field east of Alma Wood. Another new wader was a single Curlew between the double hedge and the railway. 3-4 kestrel and 1 Buzzard plus c75 gulls mainly LBB and a few Herring. 15 Lapwing. 1 Whitethr...
by John Frankland
Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:37 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Croston/mawdesley moss .
Replies: 8
Views: 410

Re: Croston/mawdesley moss .

Evening visit bumping into Len and seeing the lesser spotted Neville skulking in the distant undergrowth. Pretty sure I saw 3 Greenshank in flight over the Alma Wood pool. I had earlier seen 2 on Great Close floods and Len had seen 1 nearer Alma Wood. Hopefully Neville can confirm that there were 3....
by John Frankland
Wed Aug 14, 2019 8:53 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Croston/mawdesley moss .
Replies: 2
Views: 206

Re: Croston/mawdesley moss .

Couple of hours on the mosses tonight. Plenty of Hobby food in the form of 3 main groups of hirundines totalling c100 birds (c50 far end of Great Close, c20 in field near Great Hanging Bridge and c30 near Carr Lane). Approx split of 50 House Martin, 40 Swallow and 10 Swift. No Hobby but 3-4 Kestrel ...
by John Frankland
Tue Aug 13, 2019 8:15 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Swifts
Replies: 9
Views: 408

Re: Swifts

1 Swift over Eyes Lane this evening.

Also c20 Swallow, 5 House Martin, 1 Kestrel, 2 Mute Swan on river, plenty of Woodpigeon and 6 Stock Dove.
1 singing Yellowhammer.
by John Frankland
Tue Aug 13, 2019 9:41 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Croston/mawdesley moss greenshank / cuckoo !
Replies: 4
Views: 265

Re: Croston/mawdesley moss greenshank / cuckoo !

Glad that you got the Cuckoo and good to see you this morning for the mini waderfest !

Additional birds for me included c75 Lapwing, 1 Teal and 1 female Wheatear.

Greenshank takes me to 134 species for the year.

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