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Hoopoe

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Hoopoe

Post by Neil Southworth » Fri Apr 26, 2019 10:32 pm

A Hoopoe was at Charnock Richard this afternoon near the junction of Church Lane and Charter Lane, just north of the golf course.

This is the first record for the area since 1989 when one was at Eccleston.

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Re: Hoopoe

Post by Neil Southworth » Sat Apr 27, 2019 3:34 pm

The Hoopoe was showing intermittently again this morning giving good views.

Hoopoe takes me to 114

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Re: Hoopoe

Post by Leonard Poxon » Sat Apr 27, 2019 9:54 pm

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Hoopoe takes my species total to 117.

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Re: Hoopoe

Post by gary lilley » Sun Apr 28, 2019 12:13 pm

Hoopoe still present but disturbed by camera men :( .

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Re: Hoopoe

Post by John Frankland » Sun Apr 28, 2019 5:19 pm

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 it was a parrot because of the crest and started feeding it not realising what a good bird it was. So thank you very much to him !

Hoopoe takes me to 125 species for the year.

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Re: Hoopoe

Post by PETER » Sun Apr 28, 2019 5:34 pm

Does anybody know if this Hoopoe is on a Bus Route.

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Re: Hoopoe

Post by Paul West » Sun Apr 28, 2019 6:46 pm

Hoopoe still there 5pm today.

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Re: Hoopoe

Post by Mark Cookson » Sun Apr 28, 2019 7:13 pm

Had great views thanks to young farm lad who allowed me access to his yard. Bird was only 40m away

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Re: Hoopoe

Post by peter rowlands » Sun Apr 28, 2019 8:28 pm

Sorry Gary I didn't realize it was you this morning. Thanks for showing us the right place. The Hoopoe didn't show then, but I went back in the afternoon and it showed well feeding in the field.
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Re: Hoopoe

Post by Neil Southworth » Sun Apr 28, 2019 9:09 pm

PETER wrote:
Sun Apr 28, 2019 5:34 pm
Does anybody know if this Hoopoe is on a Bus Route.
Peter, there is a bus service runs through Charnock Richard but I think it uses the other road. You'd probably have to walk the length of Charter Lane to get to Church Lane. I don't know how frequent they are. I think it's the 337.

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Re: Hoopoe

Post by PETER » Sun Apr 28, 2019 10:15 pm

Thanks Neil.

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Re: Hoopoe

Post by ianball » Mon Apr 29, 2019 6:24 pm

Sad news. It seems the Hoopoe was taken by a Sparrowhawk this morning.

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Re: Hoopoe

Post by peter rowlands » Mon Apr 29, 2019 8:10 pm

Talking to a birder and he didn't see it from 09.30 to mid afternoon so it must have been taken before 09.30 if taken in that area. Apparently it was attack by a Raven yesterday but put up a good fight. I was also told that someone was arrested for trespass. The farmer had a good look round his fields today but no sign of it.
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Re: Hoopoe

Post by Neil Southworth » Mon Apr 29, 2019 10:09 pm

Ian, do we know who witnessed the sad event? Sparrowhawks have a lot to answer for. They seem to be lethal at taking out vagrant birds that stay for any length of time at a particular spot. I can think of a Rosie Starling and a Grey Phalarope which met the same fate, and there are probably many others.

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Re: Hoopoe

Post by ianball » Mon Apr 29, 2019 11:00 pm

A chap called Dan Owen reported it on the NW Birding WhatsApps earlier this evening.

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