Sunday, April 27, 2008
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Local birding: Brockholes Quarry - 10th April 2008.
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
White-spotted Bluethroat - River Lune, Aldcliffe, Lancs - 8th April 2008.
Local birding: Ospreys - Brockholes Quarry, Lancs - 8th April 2008.
Sunday, April 06, 2008
Local birding: Ospreys - Brockholes Quarry, Lancs - 6th April 2008.
Mark Fanshawe rang at 10:00 to say there was an Osprey in view over No1 pit. Then another call followed at 10:15 to say he had another in view at the same time!! The first bird moved on in a NE direction but fortunately the 2nd bird lingered in the area for 4hrs allowing c20 birders, including myself, to twitch it.
After fishing both onsite and on the adj River Ribble to the NE of the site, this Osprey eventually caught a Fish and after some 20+ minutes of flying around with it at various heights and at distances of c1km, it eventually came nearer and to our delight landed in Boilton Wood to commence feeding.
Gavin Thomas could see the bird perched from his viewpoint near the M6, but the main group of birders including myself to the east of No1 Pit could not. Suddenly, spooked by a Buzzard, the Osprey took flight and to our astonishment flew and landed on a lampost on the north carriageway of the adjacent, busy M6 Motorway. As there was no multi vehicle pile up, we assumed no birders had driven below it for the ten minutes it remained before it returned to Boilton Wood to recommence feeding!
Above: Photo - Mark Fanshawe.
Below: Showing some of the ring detail. Photo: Gavin Thomas.
A few other birders had arrived onsite too late, and whilst stood on the compound banking at the NE end of the site, scanning upstream to see if bird No2 would reappear, Gareth Morgan rang at 15:10 to say that there was an Osprey over No1 Pit! - This bird had missing inner primaries in the left wing and was clearly ANOTHER bird as the earlier two were both fully winged!
Above & below: The third Osprey of the day was in view from 15:10-15:20 as it passed over the site, pausing to hover over the small, newly created scrape in the compound, before fishing briefly below Tunbrook Wood, then flew due north.I remained onsite until 19:00hrs but there was no further Osprey action. Todays events highlight well the value of all day, multi-observer coverage.
Thursday, April 03, 2008
Local birding: Ring Ouzel - Higher Wenshead Farm, Darwen - 3rd April 2008.
Wednesday, April 02, 2008
Local birding: Yellow-legged Gull - Withnell Landfill Site, Lancs - 1st April 2008.
Ross's Gull - Marton Mere, Blackpool, Lancs - 31st March 2008.
Above: Ads Yellow-legged Gull - Marton Mere, Lancs - 31st March 2008. This bird was seen down to the bright red ortbital ring briefly as it bathed frantically at the western end of the Mere mid-pm. The quality of the videograbs don't do the bird justice.