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by John Frankland
Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:44 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Eyes Lane, Wymott and Holker Lane
Replies: 0
Views: 86

Eyes Lane, Wymott and Holker Lane

Early evening visit Eyes Lane 2 Shelduck 1 Teal 1 Lapwing 1*Common Sandpiper on river with 1 Redshank Wymott 4-5 singing blackcap 3 Willow Warbler 2 Chiffchaff 1 Swallow 1 Coot 1 Grey Heron Holker Lane 1 pair of Oystercatcher seemed to be nesting * 1 more takes me to a Nelson (111 species) for the y...
by John Frankland
Sun Apr 14, 2019 9:17 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Croston Moss
Replies: 4
Views: 201

Re: Croston Moss

Another ton - well done Neil !
by John Frankland
Sat Apr 13, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Ring Ouzel morning
Replies: 1
Views: 195

Ring Ouzel morning

Good views of 4 (3m/1f) *Ring Ouzel on slopes between George’s Lane and Royston Lane about 715am with 1 Fieldfare & 2 Wheatear. Also 16 Redpoll (11+4+1) Then a further 5 (4m/1f) Ring Ouzel in fields by farm to the West of Belmont Reservoir at 830am with 1 Wheatear and 1 Mistle Thrush. Also 4 Brambli...
by John Frankland
Fri Apr 12, 2019 6:48 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Great Grey Shrike White Coppice
Replies: 21
Views: 1540

Re: Great Grey Shrike White Coppice

The original shrike was certainly still present this afternoon 400-530pm above WC ranging a bit further north east than Tuesday in small isolated trees towards Great Hill although back in the spot at the west end of the beeches when I left at 530pm. Also 2-3 vocal Red Grouse (1 seen in flight), 2 Ra...
by John Frankland
Tue Apr 09, 2019 3:57 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Great Grey Shrike White Coppice
Replies: 21
Views: 1540

Re: Great Grey Shrike White Coppice

A well timed days holiday ! GGS still there and showing well at western end of beeches and 200m east on small spindly tree 315 to 355pm a least. Also saw some of the hovering. A superb bird, well done Paul on finding a cracker ! :D Swallow and Willow Warbler also present plus Red Grouse on the walk ...
by John Frankland
Sat Apr 06, 2019 9:40 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: White Coppice
Replies: 4
Views: 192

Re: White Coppice

Well done on the century !
by John Frankland
Sat Apr 06, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Morning in the hills
Replies: 2
Views: 139

Re: Morning in the hills

Yes I agree, it certainly looked a good area and I can understand why it attracts them.
by John Frankland
Sat Apr 06, 2019 1:50 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Morning in the hills
Replies: 2
Views: 139

Morning in the hills

Or should that be mourning in the hills after 11 miles of walking searching for Ring Ouzel but without success. :( After fruitless searches at Winter Hill and George’s Lane (best birds being Skylark and Coal Tit), called at Belmont which had nothing unusual. Wards Reservoir Highlight of the day were...
by John Frankland
Thu Apr 04, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Eyes Lane
Replies: 5
Views: 332

Re: Eyes Lane

Neville - when I saw the 1st pic last night, I thought it looked too dark on the back with extensive grey on the flanks to be the White Wagtail we saw. However, it should be said that the light was quite gloomy which could feed through onto the photo (no disrespect to Len !!) There were 2 or 3 birds...
by John Frankland
Thu Apr 04, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Wymott and Croston Finney
Replies: 1
Views: 157

Re: Wymott and Croston Finney

Between the flood and the work depot on Croston Finney late afternoon 4/4, there was the very impressive sight of a minimum of 250 Golden Plover, mostly in full summer plumage.

I did a couple of rough counts and got c250 and c275.
by John Frankland
Wed Apr 03, 2019 7:25 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Eyes Lane
Replies: 5
Views: 332

Eyes Lane

What was looking like a poor evening certainly brightened up at the end. Within a Pied Wagtail group of 20-25 feeding on a small flood at side of the road was a single * White Wagtail. Also, hiding in mud on the same flood was a single * Little Ringed Plover which just appeared in the scope whilst w...
by John Frankland
Wed Apr 03, 2019 8:43 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Wymott and Croston Finney
Replies: 1
Views: 157

Wymott and Croston Finney

Wymott
Chiffchaff 7 singing
Blackcap 2 singing
*Willow Warbler 1 singing

Croston Finney
Surprise waders were a flock of 36+ Golden Plover.

* 1 more takes me to 105 species for the year.
by John Frankland
Tue Apr 02, 2019 6:50 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Eyes Lane
Replies: 1
Views: 120

Re: Eyes Lane

4 Swallow this evening on the canal near the Lock Lane bridge. Also 18 Shelduck on Eyes Lane.
by John Frankland
Tue Apr 02, 2019 10:59 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Eyes Lane
Replies: 1
Views: 120

Eyes Lane

Morning visit
Waders were minimal with 4 Lapwing, 1 Oystercatcher and 1 Redshank.

2 Little Egret in ditch towards main flood area (now a puddle) and 1 Shelduck.

1 *Swallow flew over. :D

* Swallow takes me to 104 species for the year.
by John Frankland
Sun Mar 31, 2019 8:04 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Great Hill
Replies: 0
Views: 116

Great Hill

Afternoon walk from the Rivington/Belmont road to Great Hill.

Raven 2
Stonechat 1m
3-5 each of Meadow Pipit and Skylark

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