Saturday, October 20, 2007

Local birding - 19th-20th Oct 2007.

19th Oct: A browse of the Rossendale Ornithologists Club sightings forum revealed numbers of Crossbill in the Haslingden Grane area, so I paid a visit to Calf Hey Reservoir mid-pm. No Crossbill were seen or heard, but 415 fieldfare > W/NW between 15:15-15:34, 15 Siskin were in trees nr the reservoir, a fem/imm Stonechat by Ogden Res and a distant Peregrine over Hare Clough.

20th Oct: Three hours late am - early pm saw me indulge in a little vis at Wells Lane, Brinscall, totting up 260 Fieldfare > E/SE, 1 Brambling > E/SE, 2 Skylark > E/SE and 3 Reed Bunting >E/SE in 40 mins. A pair of Stonechat were also present. Three hundred Fieldfare were in hedgerows on the north side of Abbey Village.

A walk along the SW side of Stones Bank Plantation nr Belmont revealed plenty of cones on the trees with 2 male Brambling the highlight, 10 Siskin, 8 Lesser Redpoll, 20 Chaffinch and 30 Fieldfare noted, but no Crossbill. A Raven flew north.

Above: Male Brambling - Stones Bank Plantation.

Upon arrival back at home, three Buzzards and three Swallows went south over as I unloaded my gear from the car. Very nice.