Evening Walk to Lower Burgh Meadows - Thursday 21st June 2018

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Jed Kirkham
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Evening Walk to Lower Burgh Meadows - Thursday 21st June 2018

Post by Jed Kirkham » Thu Jun 21, 2018 10:32 pm

The weather was fine, evening sunshine with some high cloud, a cooling NW breeze which possibly stopped some insects rising, and birds such as reed buntings were mostly hunkered down in the vegetation - or not in the Meadows...

Swifts were the objective and after a slow start we saw about 30, mostly silent and we remarked that we didn't hear too much "screaming". Most were hawking over the Lodge, although we had good views of them near the edges of the Meadows. Only 1 house martin, no swallows.

Other birds: Chaffinch, LBB Gulls, Chiffchaff, Reed Bunting, Kestrel (probably 2), Willow Warbler, BH Gull, Wood Pigeon, Magpie, Blackbird, Carrion Crow, Song Thrush, 3 Green-necked Parakeets, Goldfinch, Wren, Dunnock, Jay, Stock Dove and Robin (21 sp.)

If I've missed anything I apologise, and grateful to any botanists & insect watchers to add to the above.

Jed Kirkham
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Re: Evening Walk to Lower Burgh Meadows - Thursday 21st June 2018

Post by Jed Kirkham » Fri Jun 22, 2018 7:37 pm

Sorry folks, it should of course have been 3 Ring-necked Parakeets. I've not seen them before in Chorley. The debate about these birds will no doubt become louder locally as these birds increase in number.

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