Thursday, July 31, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Local birding: Brockholes Quarry LWT - 26th July 2008.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Local birding: Brockholes Quarry LWT - 15th July 2008.
The first autumn flock of Dunlin (7) included a colour ringed bird. Hopefully the poor videograbs taken on very high magnification will be enough to clinch the details, given it took nearly 2.5 hours to obtain these!
Details as follows, as best as I could make out.
Left Leg: No ring on Tibia. White over Blue on Tarsus.
Right leg: White (poss metal?) ring on Tibia. Blue over White on Tarsus.
I can't recall ever personally having seen a colour ringed Dunlin before and would love to clinch this. Will update blog entry in due course if successful. A Hobby over Preston Old Road at Hoghton on the drive home was a nice bonus.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Gannet - Lower Foulridge Reservoir, Lancs - 13th July 2008.
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Local birding: Brockholes Quarry - 9th July 2008.
This delightful juv Common Redstart is only the third site record in the period Aug 10th 1998-9th July 2008, and a Brockholes tick for Myself, 9 years 11 months after adopting the site as my local patch.... and thousands of hours later! Everything in context, the pleasure I got from this bird was immense, thats the magic of local patch birding. Previous site records: a male on 23rd April 2006 and a juv on 22nd July 2007.Also an adult Green Sandpiper, one of two birds on+off in the past week.
Monday, July 07, 2008
Local birding: Black-necked Grebe - Brockholes Quarry LWT, Lancs - 7th July 2008.
This juv Black-necked Grebe on No1 Pit (aka the largest lake) is the fourth record of the species (totalling 5 individuals) at the site in the period Aug 10th 1998-July 7th 2008. Of these, Two have been juveniles, both occuring in July (22nd-26th July 2001 & 7th July 2008), one in non-breeding plumage from 15th-23rd Sept 2006 and a stunning pair on 6th May 2007.