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by John Frankland
Wed May 15, 2019 10:18 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Whittle front garden...
Replies: 2
Views: 327

Re: Whittle front garden...

Supporting what you said, Len, I saw a Cuckoo flying over the A674 by the canal tonight.

It was 750pm and was on a direct line from Whittle towards the Great Knowley quarry (or onwards to White Coppice).
by John Frankland
Mon May 13, 2019 7:39 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Osprey!
Replies: 1
Views: 280

Re: Osprey!

Great sightings today, Gary - #ifcarlsbergdidbirding :lol: I popped in at YVCP with a hope that the Osprey may call in but of course, that wasn’t going to happen ! Managed singing Reed Warbler, Grey Wagtail and drake Mandarin together with 9 Mute Swan incl 5 cygnets. Earlier did have a bit of succes...
by John Frankland
Sun May 12, 2019 12:40 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: White Coppice
Replies: 0
Views: 216

White Coppice

Finally !!!! Finally, I managed to get 3-4 bursts of song of the *Tree Pipit up on the top of the moorside and a probable viewing but which was just that too far away. :D No sign of Wood Warbler in Heatherlea or Stronstey Bank although the latter had 2-3 singing Redstart including one which flew ove...
by John Frankland
Sat May 11, 2019 9:09 pm
Forum: Out of Area Sightings
Topic: Hillside Golf Course, Southport
Replies: 0
Views: 208

Hillside Golf Course, Southport

Enjoyed a fabulous day at the British Masters in Southport today.

Best birdies were 1 Crossbill, 2 Siskin, several Whitethroat singing and 1 Kestrel. Plenty of Green and Goldfinches too.
by John Frankland
Thu May 09, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: White Coppice
Replies: 0
Views: 259

White Coppice

Early evening stroll up to Heatherlea Woods. My 7th walk up and down the moorland path and still no sign for me if the seemingly mythical Tree Pipit !! Don’t know what I’m doing wrong ! 2 Cuckoo (pair I think) were active and seen together. In Heatherlea, got 3 short but clear bursts of *Wood Warble...
by John Frankland
Thu May 09, 2019 10:05 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Belmont
Replies: 0
Views: 193

Belmont

Morning call in to see if any terns had dropped in but no joy.

Best of the rest were 4 Black tailed Godwit in summer plumage, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Oystercatcher, few Greylag Geese, 1 Reed Bunting and 30 hirundines (mainly Swallow and House Martin with a single Sand Martin).
by John Frankland
Mon May 06, 2019 12:57 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Out and about
Replies: 0
Views: 193

Out and about

Highlights: Belmont Reservoir Snipe 1 Waterman’s to Heatherlea Woods Redstart 1 singing Grasshopper Warbler 1 singing Swift 1 over Sparrowhawk 1, Buzzard 2, Kestrel 1 Stonechat 2f, Linnet 1, Redpoll 2 Cuckoo 1 No sign of Tree Pipit in 2 hours looking and listening ! Eyes Lane Yellow Wagtail 1m * Whi...
by John Frankland
Sun May 05, 2019 5:49 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: White Coppice. 9.20-1.30
Replies: 6
Views: 577

Re: White Coppice. 9.20-1.30

Well done on the century !
by John Frankland
Sat May 04, 2019 3:48 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Croston Twin Lakes
Replies: 0
Views: 194

Croston Twin Lakes

Quick call whilst passing. Hirundines c75 of 4 species (mainly Sand Martin) by treatment works including a single *Swift over the level crossing. Dark swarms of insects visible near the trees weee evidence of why the hirundines were there. Singing Whitethroat and Sedge Warbler. 30 Canada Geese and 3...
by John Frankland
Sat May 04, 2019 12:29 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: White Coppice
Replies: 0
Views: 202

White Coppice

Heatherlea to High Bullough from WC with Neville Redstart 2 incl one seen Garden Warbler 1 Siskin 2-3 heard Treecreeper 1 seen singing Cuckoo 1 seen Redpoll few over Tufted Duck 4 WW, Chiffchaff and Blackcap few of each Stock Dove 3 Sparrowhawk 2, Kestrel 1 and Buzzard 1 Stonechat 1 male Goldcrest 1...
by John Frankland
Thu May 02, 2019 9:19 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: White Coppice to Heatherlea Woods
Replies: 1
Views: 265

Re: White Coppice to Heatherlea Woods

Evening walk on the same route. 3 Garden Warbler singing (1 seen very well was the highlight) in disused Reservoir with 1 Whitethroat, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Blackcap and a few Willow Warbler. Cuckoo calling. Kestrel and Buzzard too. Redpoll and Siskin in Heatherlea Woods with Treecreeper and Goldcrest.
by John Frankland
Mon Apr 29, 2019 10:38 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Eyes Lane
Replies: 0
Views: 211

Eyes Lane

Quick call this morning.

Surprise bird on the river was a male Tufted Duck playing gooseberry to a pair of Mallard !

1 Little Egret, 1 Sedge Warbler, 4 Whitethroat and 3 Wheatear were the best of the rest.
by John Frankland
Sun Apr 28, 2019 5:19 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Hoopoe
Replies: 14
Views: 1800

Re: Hoopoe

Finally managed to catch up with the cracking Hoopoe this afternoon when it was showing well. Everyone seemed to be behaving and staying in public areas which was good to see. Also had a quick chat with the young man who found the Hoopoe on Tuesday, now on its 6th day. Lovely story that he thought i...
by John Frankland
Sun Apr 28, 2019 12:49 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Belmont
Replies: 2
Views: 318

Re: Belmont

The *Black Tailed Godwit still present and feeding at 1210pm. Took me quite by surprise as I had assumed that I was looking for a summer plumaged orange bird ! Good spot Neville. Also close by were Whimbrel and Curlew giving good size comparison. Reeling Grasshopper Warbler heard too. Earlier, faile...
by John Frankland
Fri Apr 26, 2019 4:31 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Yellow Wagtail !
Replies: 2
Views: 370

Yellow Wagtail !

On Eyes Lane in the same spot as last year about 4pm near the muck heaps (which are hidden from view from the road by a hedge). Picked up on call and then seen well as it flew overhead to clearly see that it was a male ! Last seen flying west towards the big ploughed field but not relocated. Also 2 ...

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