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by Brian Derbyshire
Thu Dec 18, 2014 1:11 pm
Forum: 2014 Recent Sightings Submissions
Topic: Goldfinches
Replies: 1
Views: 1022

Goldfinches

The flock of Goldfinches in the Alders by our house has built up slowly over winter - max today 42 - a lovely 'charm'!
by Brian Derbyshire
Tue Dec 16, 2014 12:56 pm
Forum: 2014 Recent Sightings Submissions
Topic: Collard Doves and LT Tits
Replies: 3
Views: 1208

Collard Doves and LT Tits

Just thinking the other day that we see far fewer Collard Doves around the garden these days - pushed out by the hordes of Woodpigeons - and then this morning there were 12! - but LT Tits are still to make an appearance in any numbers - bad breeding season or sufeit of natural food at the moment?
by Brian Derbyshire
Fri Dec 12, 2014 5:29 pm
Forum: 2014 Recent Sightings Submissions
Topic: Morrison's Peregrine
Replies: 1
Views: 918

Re: Morrison's Peregrine

Yep, saw a female on the south (ish) face this morning. (....and not related to Chorley but an indication of urban birds - a pair of Ravens mobbing a male Peregrine over Fishergate, Preston this afternoon - and not a Christmas shopper noticed!)
by Brian Derbyshire
Mon Dec 08, 2014 8:04 pm
Forum: 2014 Recent Sightings Submissions
Topic: Lapwings (and WillowTit)
Replies: 0
Views: 580

Lapwings (and WillowTit)

Approx 220 Lapwings flying west over A49 Charnock at 3-30pm today - Oh - and the Willow Tit (s) still regular on the garden feeder!
by Brian Derbyshire
Sun Nov 30, 2014 8:48 pm
Forum: 2014 Recent Sightings Submissions
Topic: Croston/Mawdesley Moss pm
Replies: 14
Views: 3374

Re: Croston/Mawdesley Moss pm

Certain that is a Bewick - seen good numbers over years - another good id point I always found in poor light is the neck - shorter proportionately to body than other swans - clearly shown in the photos - great photos and record!
by Brian Derbyshire
Wed Nov 26, 2014 11:16 pm
Forum: 2014 Recent Sightings Submissions
Topic: Gale Moss
Replies: 0
Views: 631

Gale Moss

This afternoon - 25 Lapwings on the fields plus 12 Linnets in the rough pasture close by - and a couple of Buzzards overhead.
by Brian Derbyshire
Wed Nov 26, 2014 1:07 pm
Forum: 2014 Recent Sightings Submissions
Topic: Willow Tit - new to garden
Replies: 3
Views: 1464

Willow Tit - new to garden

Despite a slow start to this winter's garden birds a nice new addition to the garden list - one or possibly two - Willow Tits - making 5 species of tits on the bird table at once - nice to see!
by Brian Derbyshire
Fri Oct 24, 2014 11:04 am
Forum: 2014 Recent Sightings Submissions
Topic: Pink-footed Geese - again!
Replies: 0
Views: 618

Pink-footed Geese - again!

Approx 100 heading south over Euxton Lane at 9-00am this morning and a further 220 or so also heading south over Hartwood at 9-30am - (heading south - do they know something :?: )
by Brian Derbyshire
Thu Oct 23, 2014 6:13 pm
Forum: 2014 Recent Sightings Submissions
Topic: Pink-footed Geese
Replies: 1
Views: 812

Pink-footed Geese

Approx 450 flying due east over Hartwood this morning at 8-30am - better than an alarm clock!
by Brian Derbyshire
Wed Jul 09, 2014 10:18 pm
Forum: 2014 Recent Sightings Submissions
Topic: Redshank and Buzzard
Replies: 0
Views: 593

Redshank and Buzzard

10-00pm tonight, hearing a tremendous commotion went outside to find 2 Redshank vigorously attacking a Buzzard at very low level over the house, the Buzzard was flying erratically to avoid the 2 pronged attack- they eventually headed off in a westerly direction, Redshank still attacking the Buzzard ...
by Brian Derbyshire
Sat May 31, 2014 6:57 pm
Forum: 2014 Recent Sightings Submissions
Topic: Grey Lag Geese
Replies: 0
Views: 548

Grey Lag Geese

Walk around the area, approx. 60 Canada Geese on Anglezarke and then came across 16 Grey Lags feeding in fields behind Parson's Bullough. Also seen on walk 1 Oystercatcher, probably 30/40 Mallard, mainly males (females still on nests?) and finally a female Cuckoo over Spen Cob.
by Brian Derbyshire
Fri May 30, 2014 11:15 pm
Forum: 2014 Recent Sightings Submissions
Topic: Morrison's Peregrines
Replies: 1
Views: 746

Morrison's Peregrines

Whilst queuing for KFC (living the life!) watched the male fly off the chimney a couple of times, circle around, then return to top platform, next to nest, no sign of female.
by Brian Derbyshire
Wed May 14, 2014 10:55 pm
Forum: 2014 Recent Sightings Submissions
Topic: Old Rachel's, Hempshaws, Sam Pasture, Standing Stones Hill
Replies: 2
Views: 649

Re: Old Rachel's, Hempshaws, Sam Pasture, Standing Stones Hi

Might suggest Mark that you were fortunate and that your brown bird with white chest was a Ring Ouzel - good record!
by Brian Derbyshire
Thu Apr 24, 2014 10:28 pm
Forum: 2014 Recent Sightings Submissions
Topic: Brook Lamprey spotted Rivington
Replies: 1
Views: 837

Re: Brook Lamprey spotted Rivington

Brilliant - I love lamprey of all species, in the 70s we used to see Brook Lamprey regularly in the Goit - in their thousands - usually in the spring - they live their lives as ammocoetes for up to 7 years (larval stage) quickly mature into sexual adults and after spawning die! They spend all their ...
by Brian Derbyshire
Mon Apr 07, 2014 9:00 pm
Forum: 2014 Recent Sightings Submissions
Topic: Chiffchaff
Replies: 0
Views: 343

Chiffchaff

A bird spent almost all afternoon in our Magnolia tree, feeding earnestly, just a foot or two away from front window - from its activity suspect it was a very hungry new arrival rather than an overwinterer.

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