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by John Frankland
Sat Jan 11, 2020 1:16 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Dean Black Brook
Replies: 0
Views: 164

Dean Black Brook

Walked up towards Great Hill from Brinscall end before circling back down via Dean Black Brook trees Peregrine 1 Skylark 1 Reed Bunting 50 Finches were mainly *Brambling c40-45 with a few Chaffinch. Woodpigeon c200 Earlier in the week got *Corn Bunting 8 at Eyes Lane with Little Egret and Peregrine ...
by John Frankland
Sun Jan 05, 2020 11:46 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Eyes Lane and surrounds
Replies: 6
Views: 592

Re: Eyes Lane and surrounds

5/1 morning visit to Eyes Lane and pretty sure I picked out the same pale breasted goose with white face markings as in Len’s photo. No dark markings underneath and I agree with Len that more like an aberrant PFG. Only around 300-350 PFG I reckon this morning with about 50 Greylag and 25 Canada. 80 ...
by John Frankland
Sat Jan 04, 2020 1:54 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Out and about 4/1
Replies: 0
Views: 152

Out and about 4/1

Yarrow Valley CP *Siskin 4 *Dipper 1 Goosander 5 pairs GC Grebe 1 Mute Swan 6 Tufted Duck 10 + Reed Bunting 2 Mallard/Coot/Moorhen/Canada Goose Great/Blue/Coal Tit Lead Mines Clough and moors (abandoned due to rain and mist !) *Red Grouse 1 heard Snipe 3 Reed Bunting 2 Hic Bibi *Bullfinch 2 *Willow ...
by John Frankland
Fri Jan 03, 2020 5:46 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Croston Finney/Moss
Replies: 0
Views: 140

Croston Finney/Moss

*Skylark 3
*Snipe 9
*Jack Snipe 1 (twice)
Stonechat 1 pair
Meadow Pipit 1
*Peregrine 1
*Long-tailed Tit 1
*Grey Partridge 2 calling
Pink-footed Goose 40
Redwing 30
Fieldfare 25
Buzzard 3
Kestrel 2
Yellowhammer 2
Reed Bunting 2

* 6 more new ones takes me to 72 species for the year.
by John Frankland
Thu Jan 02, 2020 8:38 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Out and about 2/1
Replies: 0
Views: 239

Out and about 2/1

Euxton *House sparrow Chorley centre *Feral pigeon. *LBB Gull. Anglezarke reservoir *GBB Gull 1. *Cormorant 2. *Tufted duck 1m. *Mandarin 1f High Bullough. *Goldeneye 5 (3m/2f). Tufted Duck 10. *Treecreeper 1 Lower Rivington *Common Gull 30 * Yellow legged Gull 1 adult * Pied wagtail 1 * Great Crest...
by John Frankland
Wed Jan 01, 2020 3:33 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Eyes Lane and Croston Finney
Replies: 0
Views: 257

Eyes Lane and Croston Finney

Eyes Lane Kestrel 2 Pheasant 1 Grey Heron 1 Whooper Swan 60-70 Greylag Goose 10 Pink footed Goose 10 Shelduck 5 Lapwing c100 Goosander 3 Mallard 20 Teal 2 Moorhen 2 Croston Finney Yellowhammer 5 Stock Dove in mixed flock with Woodpigeon with approx 250 of each Linnet c100 Reed Bunting 5 Meadow Pipit...
by John Frankland
Wed Jan 01, 2020 11:35 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Runshaw Moor
Replies: 0
Views: 249

Runshaw Moor

Circular alongside Worden Park, Runshaw Moor and back down Runshaw Hall Lane Great tit, Carrion Crow, Jay 3, Woodpigeon, Blackbird. Nuthatch 5 Redwing 250-300. Magpie. Jackdaw. Goldfinch. Blue tit Mistle thrush 3. Herring gull black headed goal. Fieldfare 1. Robin. Song Thrush Wren. Dunnock. Starlin...
by John Frankland
Wed Jan 01, 2020 12:55 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Year list challenge
Replies: 6
Views: 561

Re: Year list challenge

Thanks Neil. Much appreciated.

Cheers, John.
by John Frankland
Tue Dec 31, 2019 10:41 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Year list challenge
Replies: 6
Views: 561

Re: Year list challenge

Cheers Len. Highlights for me were the Hoopoe and the Great Grey Shrike together with the autumn waderfest on Croston Moss plus the juvenile Cuckoo. Also the Yellow Wagtail and Whinchat in the same view on the same Eyes Lane muck heap. Hen Harrier on the moors above White Coppice and Black Redstart ...
by John Frankland
Sun Dec 29, 2019 6:33 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Croston finney .
Replies: 1
Views: 209

Re: Croston finney .

Similar walk but mid/late afternoon for me.

A Little Egret in flight near double hedge. Barn Owl in flight over Moss Lane. 4 Grey Partridge from Sumners Lane.

Single Mute Swan still present with c100 PF Geese over.

2 Kestrel and 1 Buzzard.
by John Frankland
Sun Dec 15, 2019 8:11 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Greetings.
Replies: 7
Views: 731

Re: Greetings.

Best wishes Nora and Tommy ! And to all at Chorley Nats. Merry Christmas.
by John Frankland
Sat Nov 30, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Snow Bunting
Replies: 3
Views: 524

Re: Snow Bunting

No joy for me either I’m afraid in over 8 miles ! 2 Reed Bunting and 1 Kestrel by car near Hordern Stoops 4 Carrion Crow and 1 Blackbird Stonechat 2 (1 on way down Great Hill towards main road to Belmont and 1 near Wards Reservoir) 70 Teal, 110 Mallard and 14 Lapwing at Belmont Reservoir 125 Woodpig...
by John Frankland
Sat Nov 16, 2019 1:28 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Out and about
Replies: 0
Views: 261

Out and about

Georges Lane Common gull 25 Meadow pipit 10 By the caravan on the Manchester side: Redpoll 1, Goldfinch 5, Reed Bunting 10, Chaffinch 4, Great Tit 3 Winter Hill (in the fog) Raven 4 heard but only 1 seen Magpie 2 Belmont Reservoir Stonechat 1f Teal 3 Lapwing 20 Mallard 40 Peregrine 1 over road with ...
by John Frankland
Sat Nov 09, 2019 1:07 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Out and about
Replies: 0
Views: 228

Out and about

Winter Hill Started well with a ringtail Hen Harrier at 815am although south of the mast and over the Manchester border. Couple each of Raven, Carrion Crow and Red Grouse heard was about it ! A few Meadow Pipit on George’s Lane Belmont Reservoir c100 Mallard and just 3 Teal. 30 Lapwing. Tincklers La...
by John Frankland
Sun Nov 03, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Croston Finney
Replies: 0
Views: 299

Croston Finney

A surprisingly nice morning of weather considering the forecast allowed a circular walk from Great Hanging Bridge. Whooper Swan 41 (32 on field near works depot plus 8 over and 1 east of Carr Lane - approx 50% were juveniles) Pink footed Goose c250 over in smaller skeins looking for landing areas bu...

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