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RE: Roby Mill and area


Patch - Chiffchaff - gave a few bursts of quiet song
47 Pink Footed Geese Over
6 Bullfinch in small flock

Found a second very rare fungus - Clavicorona taxophila, also new for Lancs
am sending a specimen of this and the Arrhenia for microscopy and confirmation

 

 

 



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2 Willow tits in the garden
I'm going to try a few more Willow Tit boxes on the patch for next year

Found  Arrhenia sphagnicola growing in moss on the patch - a rare fungus and first for Lancashire



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Oct 18th...pinkfooted geese 78+210+3,200+22+40+300 all east/south east and 80+11+20 south west from north east. Also siskin 7 west,meadow pipit 11 south, chaffinch 18 south,pied wagtail 5 south,wood pigeon 1,000+ south and 200+ on fields, field fare 60 south 22 northeast,redwing 38 west,53 east and 329 south. And one whooper swan east/southeast(only the 6th time i have seen them over the village. The pinkfeet breaking early this year didnt see this movement at this time last year,but still not as many as 15 years ago when we had 20,000+ birds moving east.

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Sunday oct 18th. Passing east/south east from the west...over the village. 78+210+3,200 pinkfooted geese and a single whooper swan..(8:05 am).

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Friday oct 16th. Lafford/school lane.
6:45-9:10am. Fieldfare 12 (SE)/3(W)/11(N) and 5 on farmland. Jackdaw 116 on stubble fields,Jay 11 to and from school lane to the golf course,Chaffinch 14(S),Greenfinch 10(S),Wood pigeon 300+ on farmland and 70 (S), Mistle thrush 5 (N)/ 3 in gardens,meadow pipit 4 (S), Pied wagtail 3,Skylark 1, and Swallow 1 (S),Blackheaded gull 12 (E),Brambling (E),Redpoll 1 (S). And Redwing 18(W)/154 (S)/ and 354 (E). Also in the garden Coal tit 11 and fields/gardens Blackbirds 16. Siskin m-1/f-1 edge of the golf course.

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Thursday oct 15th..(7:05-8 am). Over lafford lane/ corner of school lane. Sort of dove tailing phils sightings,showing movement on a wide corridor. Wood pigeons 300/greenfinch 12 meadow pipit 6/pied wagtail 2/chaffinch 14/fieldfare 183 and redwing 1,970 (all south)..shows the movement following the beacon ridge and the line of douglas valley. Also today siskin 4(west), c crossbill 2 (west) and song thrush 11 and mistle thrush 2 in gardens near walthew green.

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Thursday 15th of October 2015 04:29:04 PM

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Beacon viz mig 7.30- 9.30, wind light north east,

Redwing 830 mostly E and SE
much lighter than yesterday, smaller flocks, moving E rather than S, also yesterday morning lots of nocturnal passage was evident, not this morning
yesterday movement was still going strong when I stopped watching a 9.35 (I think I would have recorded 4,000 - 5,000 yesterday if I'd started earlier and finished later), this morning pretty much stopped  by  9.30

Fieldfare 33 E
Brambling 1+ 1+ 1 +2 S
Pink-footed  Goose 110 E, 4S
Blackbird 1 E
Song thrush 1 E
Mistle Thrush 1S
Bullfinch 4 S
Siskin 4
Chaffinch 4
Redpoll 1
Crossbill 1
Goldfinch 5
Linnet 2
Meadow Pipit 2
Pied Wagtail 1
Reed Bunting 1
Yellowhammer 1
Skylark 2
Wood Pigeon 270 S

Also 1 Chiffchaff present + 1 in garden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



-- Edited by Phil Barnett on Thursday 15th of October 2015 12:48:12 PM



-- Edited by Phil Barnett on Thursday 15th of October 2015 12:48:54 PM

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October 14th.
Blackbird 13/robin 22/wood pigeon 700(south)/redwing 1,114(south)/jay 13/field fare 510(south)/song thrush 12/meadow pipit 27(south)/skylark 12(south)/piedwags 13(south)/pink footed goose 4+44+20(south east)/mistle thrush 5/ and first for me over the village LITTLE EGRET 2 (SOUTH). 7am-12:15pm.

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excellent  1 1/2 viz mig from the Beacon
8.05 - 9.35

Redwing 2,580 south, mostly  in flocks 0f 70 - 500

Fieldfare 450 s
Bullfinch s4 + 2 high flyers dropped in from North
Crossbill 2+1+1 E
Mistle thrush 3 s
Carrion crow 3 high s
Sparrowhawk 1 high s
Pink-footed Goose 70e, 8w
Lapwing 5 + 2 S
Skylark 7 s
Meadow Pipit 45s

+  finches wagtails etc

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Wednesday 14th of October 2015 10:10:21 AM

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Tuesday 13th oct (6:45-10 am). C buzzard 2;woodcock 1;blackbird 14; fieldfare 38(s);redwing 43(s);brambling 2(s);bullfinch 1(s); wood pigeon 1,600 (s)and 470 on school lane;meadow pipir 15(s); canada goose 29(n);lapwing 12(nw); l redpoll 2;skylark 9(s);yellowhammer 4;pinkfooted goose 100+(se);siskin 2(garden) and 38 (golf course);goldfinch 34 and swallow 2(s). Yesterday barn owl 1; tawny owl 2 and pied wags 37(s).

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7.30
Ring Ouzel - 2 males, old gold course, very flighty - looked to have been  a mini - fall of thrushes

5 Fieldfare, 9 Redwing, and number of flightly Blackbirds and Song thrushes

also Crossbill - 2
Brambling 1 s
Reed Bunting 1 + 1 s

Pink-footed Goose 1 s
Greylag Goose 3 s

 



-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Monday 12th of October 2015 09:57:14 AM

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Garden 7.00
Redwing 3 s
Meadow Pipit 65 S / Sw in 40 mins

Chiffchaff 1

yesterday in garden
Willow Tit
Tree Sparrow



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Thurs 1st. Nice late bird in the garden 1 Garden Warbler.

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Thursday oct 1st.(7-7 45am). Knowles farm 2 Blackcap. Corner of Lafford lane looking north east..all on the move south...13 Piedwag tail; 45 Meadow pipits; redpoll 1;Greywag tail 1; Yellowhammer 4;Mistle thrush 1;House martin 1;Swallow 53. Flight northeast 4 C Buzzard. Numerous blue,great,coal tit and Goldcrest in trees along school/lafford lane. Flushed into flight west 11 linnet and south over walthew green 17 Chaffinch and 22 Greenfinch.

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7.00am 2 hours vig mig from the Beacon - light easterly, clear sky

Redwing 1 N
Crossbill 2+ 2 + 1 s
Meadow Pipit 193

Swallow 2
House Martin 2
Kestrel 1 high south
Wood Pigeon 51
Siskin 13
Redpoll 3
Chaffinch 7
Greenfinch 2
Goldfinch 4
Linnet 0!
Skylark 1
Pied Wagtail 8
Mistle Thrush 1





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7.00 - 8.30 am
overhead
Song thrush 1 + 1 high-flying, calling south
Sand Martin 3 S (quite late)
House Martin 1
Swallow 23
Meadow Pipit 90
Skylark 1
Siskin 15
Linnet 4
Redpoll 1
Chaffinch 3
Goldfinch 8
Reed Bunting 1
Pied wagtail 8

also 11 Chiffchaff




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Sept 30th. Lafford lane ( 6 am) mainly on ploughed field pied wagtail 37 and 17 blackbird. Yesterday same area 15 Jays, 2 Grey wags; 13 pied wags and 6 meadow pipits. In the trees along the school lane 10 long tailed tit; 23 goldcrest ; 6 coal tit; 1 willow warbler(singing) and 6 skylark (south).

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Sept 28th. Passed over Dean wood 30 pink footed geese..flying west from east...6:09pm.

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Sept 28th. Pm. Early afternoon House martin 49 (south); and flushed from stubble field opposite field being ploughed meadow pipit 213 with 17 pied wagtails,Grey wagtail 1. More distant along walthew green another 81 meadow pipits (total for today 448). From the corner of lafford lane/walthew green. C buzzard 4,sp hawk 2 and yellowhammer.

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influx of song Thrushes notable this morning
c20 contact calling flighty birds + 3 such blackbirds

7 Chiffchaffs
2 Blackcaps

52 meadow Pipits s in 1 hour - I think the big 'mipit' day might have been yesterday, however
far fewer Meadow Pipits have been passing overhead than is usual at this time of year

Also overhead:
1 Crossbill
2 Grey wagtail
5 'alba' wagtail
25 Siskins
5 House Martins
4 Swallows

2 Teal on the lake

-- Edited by Phil Barnett on Monday 28th of September 2015 11:38:43 AM

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Sept 28th. 7am-9am. Lafford lane/school lane. Swallow 8 (south);mistle thrush 6 (south); skylark 6 (south) ; pied wagtail (south); grey wagtail 2 (south); c crossbill 2 (west) and meadow pipit 149 (south). Small flocks of goldfinch 60+; greenfinch 23; linnet 5 ;also jay 7 and bullfinch 2.

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Sept 23rd. ( 8:25-9:30 am). School lane/lafford lane area. Chiffchaff 14,meadow pipit 21(south), Long tailed tit 30, Robin 23,Greenfinch 38, Goldcrest 3 and C crossbill 2(west). Graveyard area...Robin 12,Jay 8, meadow pipit 5(south),siskin 12 and L redpoll 2. Swallows 6(south). Slacks area of walthew green Chiffchaff 11,Blackcap 6, C Whitethroat 1,Goldcrest 23,Blue tit 12,Great tit 16,Mistle thrush 4 and Goldfinch 50+.

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A bumper 27 Chiffchaffs
may have been an exodus of blackcaps last night - just 1 encountered as opposed to the 5-10 over the last few days

74 meadow pipits - s
plus
1 Grey wagtail
1 'alba' wagtail
11 Linnets
11 Siskins
4 Chaffinches
'migging'



-- Edited by Phil Barnett on Wednesday 23rd of September 2015 09:07:04 AM

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Another small influx of (probable) migrant Dunnocks + Song Thrushes (4 each)
evident at first light at the Beacon

These two species seem to be often associated - usually Robins as well, although no evidence of migrant Robins this morning

Chiffchaffs 14 - 6 singing despite the very mistly conditions
Blackcap 9

Just 1 Meadow Pipit viz miging


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Sept 21st(8-9:40 am). Around the graveyard..Blackcap 1,Willow warbler 1,siskin10,Goldfinch 30+. Imm peregrine 1 east. Also 7 Jays.

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Thurs 17th. Village graveyard. Blackcap 2, Longtailed tit 40+. Over the village less than the 790 yday
100+ swallow south. Along lafford lane Lesser redpoll 3 and few pied wagtails with 1 Grey wagtail. On stubble field 30+ Linnet. Goldfinch 45 emptied the feeder in the garden again. 5:30am Tawny owl 2 at knowles farm.

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Short spell of viz migging froim the Beacon 6.30
More productive that the last few days - when there has been little on the move
Crossbill 3 E
Tree Pipit 1 S
Meadow Pipit 35 S
Skylark 1 E
Alba wagtail 1
Siskin 8 S
Linnet 5 S
Swallow 3 S
House Martin 5 S

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Sept 15th. 8:30-10:00 am... Swallow 790;Sand martin 4 and House martin 499 moving south. Lafford lane,school lane,graveyard,gardens and east edge of the golf course 76 Robins...song/contact call,also lafford lane 3 lesser redpoll.

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Yesterday sept 13th. 217 Swallows, House martin 19 , Sand martin 1 (south). Also over the golf course area meadow pipit 70(south). On the golf course Goldfinch 100+ with 40 in the garden also of note Greenfinch 16 in the garden.

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yesterday

Spotted Flycatcher in the garden

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Teal 2 at the lake
Grey Wagtail party of 5 grounded by the lake
Kingfisher

Moth - Blastobasis rebeli is only fourth Lancashire record (this record has been accepted by the country recorder), it's also fairly new to science and worldwide has been found in just a few places in the UK - plus Madeira!

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Fri sept 11th ...4:23pm...in the gardens rear of the houses 1 Spotted flycatcher..made up with it as i managed to get half dozen photos...last time one was in the garden i dont think digital cameras had been invented!!!!!!!!!!!!!.Excellent!.

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Wed sept 9th. Flushed from between the golf course and the rear of knowles farm(near hedgerow with ditch,over grown boggy field)...7:05am....crake species ,at first and brief look, thought spotted crake....not 100% sure.

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Monday sept 7th. 1:30pm... 2 c buzzard low over fields along lafford lane;over the main road 13 C Buzzard drifted North.. Hobby over the same area feeding on the wing, briefly mobbed a couple of the buzzards before it drifted off south. House martins 80+ and Swallows 100+ also over lafford lane. Broken cloud,sun.

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Sept 5th. West over the village... 5:15 am.....curlews (sounded like a good number of birds..calls heard...maybe 50+).

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5.45 am
Corn bunting 1 near Beacon - patch first for me

Tree Pipit 1 south
Number of ticking Robins and Contact calling Dunnocks at first light - an influx? Though early?
Chiffchaff seemingly everywhere - 24 heard / seen
Willow Warbler - 3
Blackcap - 11
Whitethroat - 3
Goldcrest 4

Redpoll sp. 2 over my first for several months
Linnet 3 over
Bullfinch 2
Siskin 5 over
Goldfinch c50
Yellow Hammer 1
Buzzard 1
Tawny Owl 1
Kestrel 2

Etc


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Phil Barnett wrote:

7.00 Osprey - watched for about an hour - seen to fly on to tree in Rough Park Wood (watched from just below the Beacon)
Seemed in no hurry to go (until I unfortuntely flushed it) conceivable it had been fishing in nearby lake

While watching it
2 Tree Pipits - south
Meadow Pipit 1 - south (my first on the autumn 'migging'
2, 2, 6 siskins over

also Kingfisher
2 flighly contact calling Song Thrushes may well have been early migrants





do you think the osprey is still about or did it head off?

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7.00 Osprey - watched for about an hour - seen to fly on to tree in Rough Park Wood (watched from just below the Beacon)
Seemed in no hurry to go (until I unfortuntely flushed it) conceivable it had been fishing in nearby lake

While watching it
2 Tree Pipits - south
Meadow Pipit 1 - south (my first on the autumn 'migging'
2, 2, 6 siskins over

also Kingfisher
2 flighly contact calling Song Thrushes may well have been early migrants

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Sept 1st. Knowles farm and Golf course..6am. C whitethroat 6; chiffchaff 2; willow warbler 3; willow tit 1; long tailed tit 10; Blue tit 9; Coal tit 4 and Great tit 4 in mixed loose flock. East edge of the golf course edge of rough park wood 1 female Pied flycatcher. Early showers,sun light NW..

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August 28th. In the slacks area of walthew green an imm Redstart.. few willow warbler about and swallows. In the garden 3 Great spotted woodpeckers and 30+ House sparrows.

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Fri August 21st. Golden plover 3 over early am flying east. Goldfinch 100+ knowles farm. Eastern edge of golf course 13 ad/juve c crossbill flight west towards the beacon. Sparrowhawk, 2 c buzzard. 50+ swallow and 30+ house martins over lafford lane. Garden 4 Great spotted woodpeckers. Few willow w,chiffchaff, c whitethroat and blackcap about. Wrightington lakes early afternoon 1 imm hobby, not seen adults for a few days now, mute swans, mallard, tufted ducks and the odd Great crested grebe.

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August 12th. Knowles farm. Early am c whitethroat 6. Chiffchaff 5. Willow warbler 14. Swallow 186. House martin 100+. Bullfinch 4. Garden Blue tit 16,Great tit 11,Coal tit 4, chaffinch 17. School lane Yellowhammer singing 1, Goldfinch 100+,mistle thrush 5. Towards Dean wood area imm HOBBY.

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Grasshopper warbler Singing very persistently this morning (and the last several mornings)
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http://abcissa-websites.co.uk/files/gh.JPG

Female giving alarm calls nearby - clearly still nesting
- another pair seen which looked like they might still be nesting

I saw 5 Grasshopper Warblers in total - don't think I've seen that many in one day (As opposed to just hearing them)
When I'd have expected a lot of them to have departed

Fledgling Buzzard
Kingfisher
Crossbill 1 over
Coot with 3rd Brood

c150 Goldfinches 2 days ago feeding of thistle seeds - of which there are a lot
also male siskin on window feeder

the scarce Black tailed skimmer and Emperor dragonflies seen at the lake recently




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Friday August 7th. Lafford lane area near holland hall lapwing 100+. Knowles farm c whitethroat 4, willow w , chiffchaff ad1+3 juve and juve lesser whitethroat. Also 50 + goldfinch. School lane chaffinch 35 feeding in cereal field with yellowhammer.

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Thursday August 6th. Knowles farm 6:25am 6 c whitethroat and 1 spotted flycatcher.

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August 5th. Lafford lane area... 2 Hobby 1 ad/1 imm..moving between wrightington lakes and lafford lane area. Also imm sparrow hawk, swallows 20+, house martin 50+ and 20 swift moving south. Good numbers of chaffinch in the garden with over 30 birds at one time,also good numbers of blue,great and coal tit. It has been a good year for house sparrows with most moving to near by cut cereal fields. Few more chiffchaff than of late with a few singing males. Ad female and 3 juve great spotted woodpecker regular in the garden. Most of note Red kite over this afternoon flying east.

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July 29th. Slacks area of roby mill 1 adult male redstart.

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A kingfisher - on the lake was nice first since last Winter

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July 17th. Slightly out of the village at wrightington lakes...1 ADULT HOBBY..(around the lake on the south side). Few canada geese, tufted duck,mute swan and great crested grebe. Good numbers of swallow,house martin and black headed gulls.

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July 8th. Golf course..2 c crossbill in pines eastern edge of the golf course. Gardens House sparrow ad-36 juves-44. Rain and more rain..

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July 7th. Rough park wood/golf course...few willow w,chiffchaff, c whitethroat ad/juves. Stand of pine trees 6 c crossbill ad/ juves flew off in the direction of the beacon country park. Between college farm and mill lane 4 Tree pipit , c whitethroats ad/ juves.

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