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Eric Finch wrote:

Hi Mike - was that you with the border collie then? Thinking of going back today armed with a dragonfly ID book - I think common darters, a few black darters and southern hawkers may have been all on show, but since found out Risley has upto 15 species of dragonfly/damselfly! idea.gif Definitely need to brush up on ID skills for these.






Hi Eric

That was me - nice meeting you. Haven't a clue on dragonflies - I see plenty around my local patch - Houghton Green Flash - but never take the time to learn to ID them.

Good luck

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Hi Mike - was that you with the border collie then? Thinking of going back today armed with a dragonfly ID book - I think common darters, a few black darters and southern hawkers may have been all on show, but since found out Risley has upto 15 species of dragonfly/damselfly! idea.gif Definitely need to brush up on ID skills for these.

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Eric

I suspect I was there at the same time as you this morning late on?

A second Hobby showed later but distant.

Mike

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24.08.08 - Great views of an Hobby - probably just the one today. Generally good for raptors with 2+ buzzards, a kestrel and 4 sparrowhawks visible at the same time. Large amount of dragonflies about too. Not so many hirundines today and no swifts sighted.

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23.08.08
sunny day and loads of raptors
2 hobby
8 buzzard
3 kestrel
3 sparrowhawk

loads of fodder about ie dragonflies and swallows
heard willow warbler and chiff chaff callingbiggrin.gif

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Two Hobby showing this afternoon (14.30ish) - one tatty adult with missing wing feather close to the tower and probable juv far left corner at tip end of moss.

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Thought I'd make my 100th posting on the forum a good un - was watching at least two Hobby for about two hours 11.30 - 13.30 catching dragon flies etc - at the same time in discussion with one of the local guys (Pete H) who predicted that this was the best time to view the birds when they first arrived in June. There was also a Water Rail calling but we didn't see it.

PS thanks for the chat Pete - hope that you sorted your video out!!!

Sid

-- Edited by sid ashton at 21:22, 2008-08-06

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The kite was reported Sunday morning also - if it is lingering in the area it may be straying on to the Manchester Mosses?

I tried a couple of hours graveyard shift Sunday afternoon - with the inevitable negative results!

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First time visit to this site , nice weather and enjoyed the walk but did not see my target bird the Hobby, but did see a Red kite from the tower hide soaring high heading west.

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went on sunday morning with my Dad and as soon as we arrived 2 Hobbies were skimming across the water for about 5 mins and then they drifted higher up and were joined by a Buzzard and a Kestrel.smile.gif

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l went to Risley Moss today tempted by Pete Berry's posts about the Hobby.
Met some locals who informed me it'd been out but l'd arrived at 'the dead zone' cry.giftypical....(between 2.30 and 3.30) anyway l hung around and sure enough,out it camebiggrin.gif.(L)
A very impressive bird,soaring,hunting and just enjoying it's life,really lovely to see l'll definitely go back and watch it again.
Luv birding.......

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Hobby showing for long periods, this dinnertime. But usually quite distant and fairly high.
cheers. Nick

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1 Hobby seen this pm for 5 mins around 2.30ish

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Had a couple of hours this afternoon and had almost continuous views of up to 3 birds in the air feeding on insects.As soon as the sun went in the Hobbies disappeared.smile.gif

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Went today to see the Hobbies and saw two birds - fantastic - a lifer for me - could see them catching dragon flies.

Edit : Should say thanks Pete

-- Edited by sid ashton at 21:27, 2008-06-04

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The Hobbies at Risley are now showing on and off most days from the Tower Hidesmile.gif

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