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RE: Brockholes LWT, Preston, Lancashire


09.30-14.30

River bank path from the M6 to the small weir : 1 Whimbrel, 2 Oystercatchers, 8 Sand Martins, 3 Grey Herons, 1 Kestrel and 1 Buzzard.

4 Lesser Whitethroats singing from hawthorn thickets along the path.

Ribble Way footpath through the reserve : 2 singing Garden Warblers (1 near the feeding station showing well), 1 Sedge Warbler, 5 Common Whitethroats and 1 Linnet.

Number 1 Pit : 4 Redshanks, 1 Ringed Plover and 4 Great Crested Grebes.

3 Buzzards (including a light phase bird) soared high above Boilton Wood.

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Tues 24/4/18 10:15-12:30 cloudy with sunny spells rain from 12:20

Missed the singing Savi's by 15 mins

2 Whimbrel over the car park when I arrived

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09.30-14.00

River Ribble : 8m+6f Goldeneyes plus a further group of 8 males flew over. 1m+1f Goosanders.

Fields on Samlesbury side of the river : 24 Fieldfares, 1Redwing, 7 Oystercatchers, 2 Buzzards, 2 Ravens,1 Jay and 2 Grey Herons.

Also a huge mixed flock of Lapwings, Starlings, Black Headed Gulls, Rooks and Carrion Crows.

No 1 Pit : 1 Peregrine, 1m Kestrel, 3m Pochard, plus 6m+6f Goldeneyes.

Ribbleton Pool : 100 Herring Gulls (Mainly adults, some pair bonding) 21 Gadwall, 3 Wigeon and 2 Grey Herons.

3 Buzzards were displaying over Bolton Wood.

A large gull roost was building up on both Ribbleton Pool and No 1 Pit, mainly Herring and Black Headed, but also a few Lesser Black Backs

and 2 Common Gulls too.

Meadow Lake : 9 Snipe, 6 more Goldeneyes and another 9 Gadwall, plus Teal, Shoveler etc.



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Late morning / early afternoon visit in relatively bright conditions. Highlights included :-

Female kestrel over car park. Male sparrowhawk whipped through the feeding station and later seen in Red Scar Woods. Buzzard perched in trees overlooking entrance road.

5 wigeon with the tufted duck, gadwall and mallard on the main water.

4 goosander on the Ribble.

Abundance of bullfinch throughout, also goldfinch, greenfinch, chaffinch, nuthatch, blue, coal, great and long-tailed tits in Red Scar Woods. Tree sparrow on the feeding station.

Good numbers of redwing moving through Red Scar Woods.



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Worth a mention here I think; on the 18th of October, with the sighting here of a Hawfinch, Bill Aspin has achieved his personal milestone of 200 species on this site.
It has taken him 19 years , 81 days; first recording the site as a working quarry, then latterly, as a LWT nature reserve of 250 acres.
A brilliant achievement by Bill Aspin, and I hope of interest to those who know him, and aspiring GM Birders, and GM 200 club members.

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Gloomy and soggy conditions late morning / early pm today. Highlights :-

2 x goldcrest in the bushes along the Ribble footpath. Flock of approx. 20 linnet flitting between the trees and the thistle patch where the footpath meets the entry road just before the bridge.

Mixture of coot, tufted duck, mallard and mute swan on the main water, also smaller numbers of gadwall and teal on the visitor centre lake. 6 x cormorant on the main water.

Bird feeder had 3 x pheasant, 5 x tree sparrow, 2 x robin, 2 x dunnock and good numbers of great tit, blue tit and chaffinch. Flocks of long-tailed tit present throughout the site.

Approx a dozen redwing in small groups flying over and foraging within the reserve.

Buzzard with an attendant flock of mobbing crows over the entrance road.

In Red Scar Wood enjoyable half hour watching a mixture of 2 x nuthatch, blue tit, coal tit, great tit, chaffinch and robin competing with 3 x bank voles for food amongst a pile of fallen logs next to one of the benches. The robin took a particular dislike to the voles and every time one emerged from out of cover it would dive down and frighten it off.



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Juvenile Osprey over river ribble near tickled trout at 1230 today. It hovered looking as though it was about to fish, flew round and hovered again then headed off south.

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11.00-14.00

No1 Pit : 1 Little Egret and 7 Cormorants. 4 drake Mallards now fully out of eclipse plumage.

Ribbleton pool : 1 pr Great Crested Grebes with 2 full grown youngsters.

Boilton Wood : 2 Nothatches, 2 Goldcrests and soaring above the wood 2 Buzzards.

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Friday 2nd June 2017

Singing Grasshopper Warbler Number 1



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11.00-15.00

R.Ribble and embankment, M6 to small weir

3m+1f Goldeneye, 1 Little Egret, 2 Kestrels, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzards, 3 Grey Herons, 3 Mistle Thrushes and 1 Goldcrest.


Brockholes NR

1m+1f Mandarin Ducks, 1 Oystercatcher, 2 Snipe, 1f Stonechat, 1m+7f Goldeneye, 1 Great Crested Grebe and 1 Redwing.

Wigeon, Teal, Shoveler, Gadwall and Tufted Ducks were on No.1 Pit, with 100+ Lapwings gathered on the island.

Sadly no sign of any Pochard. 1 Bank Vole seen near the steel hide.





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10.30-4.15pm

Bittern, seen twice in flight on meadow lake.
1 peregrine falcon
2 buzzard
1 kestrel
1 sparrowhawk
1 snipe
2 lapwings
4 grey herons
27 tufted duck
2 pochard
4 goldeneye
38 gadwall
24 wigeon
hundreds of teal
2 fieldfare
2 song thrush
1 great spotted woodpecker
8 reed buntings
4 pied wagtails
5 chaffinch
plus usuals.


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10.30-15.00

4 Buzzards, 3 Kestrels, 3f Goldeneyes,1 Pochard, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Treecreeper, 1 Nuthatch and 7 Grey Herons.

61 Lapwings flew in from the North.

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Today on No 1 pit 12+ Whooper Swans some sleeping mid afternoon (maybe just arrived)



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1 grasshopper Warbler reeling at the Boilton Wood edge of the reserve at 1.00pm yesterday

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A coordinated count of Whimbrel at Brockholes and other Lancashire sites, this week (carried out on 27/4) gave a total of 1474 Whimbrel.
Info thanks to Bill Aspin


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This afternoon a pleasant walk with the dog, along the banks of the Ribble, from the weir to the reserve entrance.

Just down from the weir a party of Canada Geese were preening on rocks. Further on, a Lesser Black-backed Gull stood on
a large stone in the river. Next along the river was a group of Gadwall followed by two female Goosander.
A Grey Heron stood about in the shallows. Then up the river came a pair of Goosander, while a Kingfisher
crossed banks near the church. Near the bridges two drake Goldeneye were splashing in the water for sometime.
Seven Curlews flew overhead calling and heading east. A lone Oystercatcher did likewise.
The Sand Martin's banks have been badly eroded by the recent flood but no doubt they will rebuild.

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both bitterns on show this afternoon on meadow lake, soon after I arrived one was straight out in front of me below the hide on the opposite side from the road, it was watched for a couple of minutes before just vanishing. the second bittern was further along the reeds towards the south east corner & basically just sat preening, it eventually vanished also, but later when I came back it was actually sat half way up the reeds either on the reeds or a post or something & again just preening. picked up the first bittern again which had moved slightly but only just visible through the scope & also preening. great to see the 2 & still there when I left about 5ish. other birds around...

goldeneye
tufted duck
pochard
gadwall
shoveler
wigeon
teal
mallard
mute swan
Canada goose
cormorant
grey heron
2 curlew over
7 siskin.

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This pm:

One of the Barn Owls put up a great show viewed from the car park . Hunting and perching within 35 yards of our vehicle.
The Black Swan cruised up and down Meadow Lake. Also on this lake were a pair of Goosander.
Estimates only of the other ducks:
Gadwall.....55
Wigeon....40
Teal....35
Tufted Duck...20
Goldeneye ....12
Shoveler....10
Lapwing...60
Mute Swan...20+
Cormorant...12+
Grey Heron...6+
Singing Song Thrush....2 one giving good views.
Greylag Geese...2
Common Snipe....1
6 Meadow Pipit and 4 Reed Bunting were ground feeding just the other side of the full length glass windows of the Lookout.
.....The Bittern seen twice today ( but not by me) was in the SW corner of Meadow Lake




-- Edited by keith mills on Friday 5th of February 2016 10:48:14 AM

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Bittern 12:15 to 12:50 at least, very distant, preening in the reeds at SE corner of Meadow Lake, often obscured. Viewed from hill just beyond entrance to visitor centre. Turned up just after another birder had left the car park

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Great views of the Bittern at last!
After sheltering in the new ''Look Out'' Hide from the torrential rain this afternoon I left it's comfort at 3.15
as the hide was being locked up. Fortunately the rain had stopped.
Scoping then for the Bitterns across Meadow Lake, I had no joy with the one usually by the Osprey platform.
I tried for the one in the South corner reeds, and immediately saw it at the front of the reeds.
The Bittern showed very well stretching it's neck and spreading wings repeatedly. It appeared to climb halfway up the reeds. After a good 5 minutes the Bittern flew across the Lake to the access road side.
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Other sightings this pm:
8 species of duck most in good number:
Gadwall
Wigeon
Teal
Shoveler
Goldeneye
Tufted
Pochard
Mallard.
I dipped on the Female Scaup ( Bill Aspin) this am.
The usual back up crew:
Mute Swan/ Canada Goose/Grey Heron/ Cormorant/ Great Crested Grebe.
A few Herring Gull and Common Gull.
Good views of at least 6 Reed Buntings close to the hide. Showing at the front of the reeds and sometimes to the feeding
Table
At around 4.15 Barn Owl and Kestrel were hunting just north of the car park and about a dozen Fieldfare flew over the trees towards the Ribble.
A really enjoyable afternoon, following the ''Pork cooked in Cider'' lunch at the Floating café.


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Bittern showing well the last 3 days by Meadow lake. (following a break in sightings that started with my visit here Thursday 7th of Jan..)
Now apparently today, two Bitterns by Meadow Lake! ( info thanks to Carl Partington)



-- Edited by keith mills on Friday 15th of January 2016 07:29:48 PM


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popped in on my way home from Scotland this afternoon.

no signs of the bittern, it was reported earlier in the morning.

fantastic views of a barn owl flying around meadow lake.

black swan, pochard, tufted duck, goldeneye, gadwall, wigeon, teal.

3 buzzard, 20+ siskin, 1 goldcrest, 1 song thrush, 2 mistle thrush, 3 fieldfare, 1 reed bunting, 2 grey heron.



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Bittern showing well at Meadow Lake this pm. Info thanks to Jean Price.

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This afternoon, last 2 hours before dusk.

Kestrel...1
Jay...1
Lapwing...2
Goldeneye...8
Pochard...4
Teal....c100
Wigeon...c50
Shoveler...11
Tufted Duck.... 10
Gadwall...50+
Grey Heron...3
Cormorant...7
Great Crested Grebe...2
Pheasant...3
Long-tailed Tit...11
Reed Bunting 2
Mute Swans...10
Canada Geese...a few

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Gloomy light for our visit this afternoon.
The Black Redstart that was in front of the new hide (The Look Out) for 3 days late last week has been taken by a Sparrowhawk.
No sign of the Otters seen regularly here, often around the Solar Panel raft on No 1 Pit.
Sightings from No1 Pit Hides only:
Wigeon...2 ...(a pair)
Gadwall...50+
Goldeneye...4
Tufted Duck...c20
Coot...c130
Great Crested Grebe...2
Buzzard...1
Cormorant...1
Grey Heron...1
Mute Swan...10 including juveniles
Canada Goose...3
Hen Pheasant...1
There was a small Starling murmuration, over the pit at Dusk.


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A Barn Owl hunting around the Dipping
Pond area at 4.35 this evening.

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Hobby over No1 Pit at 21:20 yesterday.

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A pleasant afternoon today, despite the wind and being fairly quiet birdwise.
Redshank.... c10 on the islands
Ringed Plover....c8 ditto
Common Sandpiper...2
Greylag Goose...2 with Canada's
Cormorant...12
Grey Heron...1
Pied Wagtail....4
About a dozen Swifts over each main Lake, with a few Swallows and Sand Martins there too.
Sand Martins...up to 35 over the Ribble, and in and out of their holes on the river banks.
Shelduck...2
Tufted Duck....3
Gadwall...1
Blackcap...1 .singing in my ear.
Great Crested Grebe/ Mute Swans/Lapwing.
Lesser Black-backed Gull..1
Cock Pheasant...1
Good to meet Carl Partington, who had seen 2 Hobby and 3 Turnstone, briefly before I joined him.






-- Edited by keith mills on Friday 29th of May 2015 09:46:49 AM

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Our group have just had a Little tern on meadow lake before flying off north , seemed settled then suddenly remembered somewhere it had to be , white patch and yellow bill

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According to Birdguides over 200 Whimbrel came into roost here last evening (April 29th). This sounds extraordinary, is it a known phenomenon? I notice a report of 86 in the thread from around this time last year. Are they gathering to fly on north perhaps? Nearly 400 roosted at Barnacre Reservoir too. Wow.

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Thanks for these reports Keith.... much appreciated by new watcher!

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Yesterday with dog on allowed paths (no scope) :

Little Egret...1 by Ribble just up from the Church.
Pintail Duck... 3 drakes on Meadow Lake.
Curlew... lots spotted on No. 1 Pit Island... Counted by Bill Aspin as 199 Birds.
Fieldfare/ Redwing Flock....c80
Reed Bunting...4


-- Edited by keith mills on Friday 27th of February 2015 02:14:27 PM

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This afternoon a couple of hours viewing the two main Lakes and the adjacent
feeding stations.
Sightings:
Oystercatcher....22
Mute Swan...8 including 3 immature.
Cormorant...10
Gadwall....c55
Teal...c40
Tufted Duck...c25
Goldeneye...6 including 3 drakes.
Shoveler...1
Grey Heron...2
Pied Wagtail...2
Great Black-backed Gull...1 adult
Reed Buntings....14
Blue Tits ...12
Dunnock...2
Cock Pheasant....1
Mistle Thrush...1
Another excellent lunch today in the floating café; Gammon ham with pineapple sauce


-- Edited by keith mills on Friday 13th of February 2015 08:42:10 AM

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After an enjoyable lunch in the floating village café, we braved some heavy persistent rain this pm.
Just a few sightings, in the poor light too:
Fieldfare... a flock of around 45 moving around, were almost the only birds of note flying.
Reed Buntings....15 at least; at the 2 feeding stations. (the Ribble Way station a much improved facility)
Pheasant...several under the feeders.
Goldeneye...15+
Tufted Duck....20+
Gadwall...6
Shoveler...4 drakes feeding together inches apart.
Pied Wagtail...1
Cormorants....at least 20
Mute Swans at least 6
Lapwing....60+ stood on islands
Grey Heron...1



-- Edited by keith mills on Thursday 1st of January 2015 06:35:31 PM

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Three hours this afternoon. Pleasant weather.
Goldeneye....2f
Tufted Duck... 17
Shoveler...1 drake
Teal....c35
Gadwall....14
Cormorant...14 including 2 white fronted.
Sparrowhawk...1
Kestrel...2 or 3
Tree Sparrow....8+
Chaffinch...20+
Meadow Pipits....3
Wren...1
Mistle Thrush....4
Pied Wagtail...1
Goldfinch /Reed Buntings / Mute Swans / Canada Geese.
Grey Heron...2
Pheasant...6
The Starling murmuration (c2500 birds)went on for 20 minutes,after 4 pm, and gave some great shapes!

-- Edited by keith mills on Thursday 20th of November 2014 05:44:55 PM

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Very quiet yesterday afternoon,with some drizzle:
Buzzard...1 (wing feathers missing)
Kestrel..2
Sparrowhawk...1
Mute Swan 12 + 1 Juv.
Cormorant...10
Grey Heron....4
Pheasant...3
Pied Wagtail...1
Gadwall...4
Tufted Duck...16
Teal...2
Great Crested Grebe..5
The 2 Dragonflies seen were hyper active but we erred towards Migrant Hawker.

-- Edited by keith mills on Friday 26th of September 2014 07:58:10 AM

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Night Heron showing well
at 5.08 viewed from near M6 hide.
A juvenile.



-- Edited by keith mills on Wednesday 17th of September 2014 06:52:48 PM

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Juv. Night Heron at
No.1 pit.
found by Carl Partington.
view only from M6 side (path)
To avoid disturbance.

Info thanks to Bill Aspin.




-- Edited by keith mills on Wednesday 17th of September 2014 04:13:11 PM

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Not my sighting but definitely worth passing on:

A juvenile Night Heron is at Brockholes in a tree viewable from near the M6 Hide but distant. From the car park follow the road SW for 1/2ml then take the track N.before the bridge then fork left. Last report was on the pagers for 2.36pm.

Info & directions courtesy of Rare Bird Alert smile

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This afternoon:
Kingfisher...1 by the M6 Ribble bridge.
Kestrel...1
Buzzard...1 low across the centre mobbed by Corvids.
Curlew...1
Teal...19
Lapwing...40
Gadwall...9
Tufted Duck...c14
Cormorant...17
Black-headed Gull...12
Grey Heron...5
Crows...2 juvs sat on a fence with their beaks agape
Great Tit/Long-tailed Tit/Wren
Pied Wagtail...2
Speckled Wood and Common Darters everwhere.
Clouded Yellow..not seen by me.....but present this morning.

The new Osprey nest platform looks like it's finished.
Ribble Hide which overlooks it, looks to have been trashed!




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11.00-13.30

The Great White Egret was still showing well on Meadow Lake, and at one point caught what appeared to be a small Perch.

A female Scaup was with a group of Tufted Duck on No 1 Pit, and I'm pretty sure there was a drake Scaup there too, but I hadn't the time to check and
the ducks spent most of the time submerged, which didn't help.

No1 Pit also held 17 Cormorants and 6 Great Crested Grebes, including 2 striped youngsters.

A female Sparrowhawk flew across the river to hunt low over the balsam and thistles on the East bank, she was then joined by another female that came in from the North. Both hawks gave the impression they were hunting dragonflies, rather than birds. That didn't stop them being mobbed by a Black Headed Gull.

2 Buzzards were mewing loudly above Bolton Wood, where 2 Nuthatches were seen high in the trees.

Common Darter dragonflies were in abundance, there was also a single Brown Hawker, plus numerous other hawkers that moved around that fast I couldn't ID them.
Speckled Wood butterflies were abundant too, 4 Red Admirals were around Brockholes, with another 8 in Bolton Wood, 6 of them on the bark of a single oak
where they appeared to licking sap that was oozing from a wound.



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Great White Egret on Meadow Lake at 11.30 this am.
Info with thanks from Bill Aspin

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Some good sightings this pm once the rain stopped and the sun came out:

Hobby....1 over Boilton Woods
Kestrel ...1 came up for the Hobby and gave it some harassment.
Little Ringed Plover....1 Juv
Common Snipe...1
Teal...1 (I missed the main group)
Wigeon...4 new arrivals
Tufted Duck...18
Pied Wagtail...5
Grey Heron...2
Cormorants...9
Redstart...2 one an adult male ( 4 Redstart seen by Bill Aspin)
Spotted Flycatcher...2 (3 seen by Bill)
Butterflies: Good views of 2 Clouded Yellow from the path down to the centre.
Many Common Blues, Speckled Wood,and Small White, and a Small Tortoiseshell.

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This afternoon:
Kestrel...3 regular activity over Boilton Wood and one showing well along the Ribble.
Sparrowhawk....1
Jay....1
Lapwing...c90 (350 in the area)
Little Ringed Plover....1 juv.
Common Snipe...3
Gadwall...2
Goosander ...8 over north
Several Lesser Black-backed Gulls with juvs, were the only Gulls seen.
Cormorants 10
Several Grey Heron
Reed Bunting...1
Hirundines.. c100 over the Lakes. Mainly Swallows with a few House Martins and Sand Martins..
................ c40 Sand Martins over the River from the viewing seats.
Speckled Wood, Gatekeeper and Small White.
Several Brown Hawker.
Good to meet Bill and Carl again. Also Dominic and Claudia... Dominic is researching Redshank breeding trends
and their causes, on the Ribble Estuary.


-- Edited by keith mills on Thursday 14th of August 2014 06:09:36 PM

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This afternoon:
Little Egret...1 with rings on both legs above knee; beige or yellow coloured I think.
Garganey...1 juvenile No. 1 Pit island
Wigeon...1 drake eclipse
Teal ...2 fem.
Black Swan...1
Cormorants...6
Grey Heron...3
Lesser Black-backed Gulls...c30
Buzzard..1
Spent time watching the White Letter Hairstreak, plus a fest of Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Comma,
Red Admiral. Peacock, Common Blue, Speckled Wood etc...

An Osprey nest support is under construction on Meadow Lake Island. A substantial pole is already erected.


-- Edited by keith mills on Friday 1st of August 2014 08:58:01 AM

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Three hours this afternoon. Far too little time, to spend at this great reserve, to do it justice.
Good to meet for the first time, and have a long chat with Bill Aspin.

Black Swan...1 Meadow Lake
Mute Swan...36+
Little Egret...1 Meadow Lake
Lapwing...200+
Oystercatcher....6
Ringed Plover....4
Common Sandpiper....4
Redshank ...4 including 2 Juveniles.
Avocet...2 including the 1 surviving near fledgling.
Pied Wagtail...3
Reed bunting...1
Grey Heron...5+
Cormorants...7
Great Crested Grebes ...several adults with Humbugs.
Eclipse drake Gadwall.
A few Swallows and Sand Martins over the lakes
Number One Pit Island remains covered in wild flowers. The Ox-eye daisy has been replaced with
Purple-loosestrife and a yellow flower probably Common Ragwort. It would be great to see this
type of cover, which has proved very popular with waders here, on the Rumworth Islands.
Lots of Speckled Woods and Meadow Browns A single Comma Hutchinsoni I believe. But no time to go for the star of the show; a White-letter Hairstreak currently on the Boilton Wood brambles!

-- Edited by keith mills on Thursday 17th of July 2014 06:58:34 PM

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Monday 7th July early PM

No 1 Pit

3 Avocet 1 adult 2 juv
3 Tufted Duck 1 female 2 juv
Lapwings
G C Grebe with juv on back
Oystercatchers
Ringed Plovers
Sandpipers
Redshank
Canada Geese
Mute Swans
Sand Martins
Swallows
Magpie




-- Edited by Gordon Cottle on Monday 7th of July 2014 05:29:02 PM

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Most of this afternoon spent here in fine weather. Most enjoyable again.

Avocets... 1 Adult guarding the 2 large juveniles. Great views.
Common Sandpiper....2
Redshank...4
Ringed Plover...4
Little Ringed Plover...1
No sign of the Curlews although one juvenile did survive the predation that I recently reported.
Great Crested Grebe...c8 plus 2 large juveniles and 2 or 3 chicks climbing onto mum's back.
Wigeon...2 drakes.
Mute Swans...21 + 2 cygnets.
Oystercatchers/ Lapwing/ Cormorants in number.
Tufted Duck...5+ brood of 5.
Gadwall.1 in moult
Lesser Black-backed Gulls...c18
Swifts...c60
Sand Martins...c25
Grasshopper Warbler...1 heard only, near number I Pit viewpoint

Very pleasing as I was beginning to think that I had lost this frequency.
Common Whitethroat...1
Reed Bunting...1 fem.
Kestrel...1
Grey Heron ...4
Pied Wagtail...3
NB In addition to the recent Ospreys and Red Kite, Hobbies are seen over often... but not for me today!

An Emperor Dragonfly, close views.



-- Edited by keith mills on Thursday 3rd of July 2014 07:54:24 PM

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Forgot to post this yesterday due to the Red Kite being sighted.

Oystercatcher - 2 prs
Lapwing - possibly about 3 prs
( some with chicks coz the Carrion Crows were being dive bombed constantly )
Redshank - 1
Reed Bunting - 1
Black-headed Gulls
(Juvenile knocking about)

Plus usual Great Crested Grebes, Coot, Gadwall, Teal, Black Swan ...etc

Saw the Red Kite and Buzzard within minutes of driving out of the reserve

Cheers

-- Edited by Rob Creek on Thursday 26th of June 2014 02:57:10 PM

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Approx 3.56pm a Red Kite drifting just south of Brockholes and the Lancashire Police / Highways Agency roundabout on the M6.
Also a Buzzard circling in same area but bit higher.

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