Croston/mawdesley moss .

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Croston/mawdesley moss .

Post by gary lilley » Thu Aug 15, 2019 11:34 am

Wild and a breezy with a couple of heavy showers , 8 snipe were seen in flight on my arrival heading over the douglas 2 single birds also seen , fem goosander in flight , large starling flock held one very pale individual seen several times in flight and on the ground but could never get close enough to see if it was its rare cousin the rosy starling , 1 green sandpiper was on the great close pools , several kestrel sightings , over the railway the juv cuckoo was seen again flying low over the stubble field before flying into the railway line cover , 2 golden plover still present near to alma wood on the large flood water area , possible whinchat in this area but only seen from behind ( short tailed bird flying away from me ) .

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Re: Croston/mawdesley moss .

Post by gary lilley » Thu Aug 15, 2019 1:58 pm

Forgot to mention 3 swift and several swallow .

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Re: Croston/mawdesley moss .

Post by Leonard Poxon » Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:32 pm

3 Greenshank tonight, 2 on Great Close and one on the flooded field to the east of Alma Wood where it was joined by 2 Golden Plover and around 10 Pied/White Wagtails. Around 25 hirundines were in the same field. Also seen were 2 Kestrel, 1 Common Buzzard and 1 Lapwing.

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Re: Croston/mawdesley moss .

Post by John Frankland » Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:37 pm

Evening visit bumping into Len and seeing the lesser spotted Neville skulking in the distant undergrowth.

Pretty sure I saw 3 Greenshank in flight over the Alma Wood pool. I had earlier seen 2 on Great Close floods and Len had seen 1 nearer Alma Wood. Hopefully Neville can confirm that there were 3.

2 Golden Plover still near Alma Wood.

Raptors were 3 Kestrel 2 Sparrowhawk and 2 Buzzrads.

Otherwise fairly quiet.

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Re: Croston/mawdesley moss .

Post by Neville Root » Thu Aug 15, 2019 10:04 pm

6.00-8.45pm - there were 4 greenshank in the end, those 3 seen in flight had left 1 behind on the pool nr Alma Wood. All 4 then convened on the pool the other side of the hedge (where the 2 plovers have been residing). Other sittings as per Len/John with a juvenile grey wagtail among the pieds, flock of15 snipe, single swift, 2 green sandpipers alarm calling from the Great Close pool adjacent to High Lane before flying off towards the Douglas and then finally c. 200 mixed gulls heading towards the coast as dusk approached.

Greenshank takes Chorley species total for the year to 131

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Re: Croston/mawdesley moss .

Post by Neville Root » Thu Aug 15, 2019 10:32 pm

First attempt at digi-scoping with new smartphone. Record shot only, so no sniggering.
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Re: Croston/mawdesley moss .

Post by John Frankland » Sat Aug 17, 2019 12:17 pm

Cuckoo still present this morning near railway together with single Greenshank and 2 Golden Plover in field east of Alma Wood.

Another new wader was a single Curlew between the double hedge and the railway.

3-4 kestrel and 1 Buzzard plus c75 gulls mainly LBB and a few Herring. 15 Lapwing.

1 Whitethroat, 2 Tree Sparrow and 1 Yellowhammer.

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Re: Croston/mawdesley moss .

Post by Neil Southworth » Sat Aug 17, 2019 5:44 pm

Sightings much as John's, but unfortunately there was no sign of Greenshank by the time I got there. A mini-compensation was a party of 5 White Wagtails, which I missed on Spring passage. Two Snipe dropped into the cuckoo field while I was scanning.
Butterflies:- GV / Small White 10-20, Painted Lady, Red Admiral 2-5

White Wagtail takes me to 123

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Re: Croston/mawdesley moss .

Post by Leonard Poxon » Sat Aug 17, 2019 9:16 pm

Afternoon walk across the moss from 14:30 to 17:30.

Birds seen/heard included 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 50+ Gulls mostly LBB, 20 Linnet & Chaffinch in mixed flock, 10+ Goldfinch, Willow Warbler heard, Chiffchaff heard, Woodpigeon, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, 2 Golden Plover, small flock of Wagtails which included at least 2 White Wagtail. Several Swallow in small flocks with the occasional House Martin plus a flock of 15 Swallow at one point.

Lepidoptera - 4 Large White, 15-20 Painted Lady, 1 Red Admiral.

Odonata - 1 Brown Hawker, 12+ Common Darter.

Mammals - 1 Brown Hare.

No sign of the mythical Cuckoo again!

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