Friday, March 28, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Local Birding: Brockholes Quarry - 27th March 2008.
Above & below: This Jack Snipe gave distant vews on the opposite bank of No1 Pit. Later I approached it to within 10ft only for it to fly c1,000th sec before I pressed the camera shutter....AARRGGHHH!!
Below: Sightings of Raven are becoming more frequent at the site, this is one of a pair that flew south.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Local birding: Kittiwake - Brockholes Quarry - 26th March 2008.
Monday, March 24, 2008
Local birding: Kittiwakes - 22nd March 2008.
Friday, March 21, 2008
Local birding: Kittiwake & Whooper Swan - 21st March 2008.
Bill Berry successfully twitched the Kittiwakes and left for home at 18:35. Five minutes later whilst watching the 'pair' to see whether they were intent on roosting, 7 Whooper Swan suddenly appeared high overhead, heading west, a direction that would take them over my house. Without hesitation, the trusty Citroen Berlingo was put into Ferrari mode as I set off in hot pursuit, just about succeeding in catching the Swans up as they overflew Feniscowles before continuing west over Hoghton Bottoms.
Kittiwake takes the Fishmoor Res Gull total to a very impressive 11 species since 1st Jan. The single bird appeared to head onto the roosting roof with the other Gulls whilst the 'pair' appeared indecisive, gaining height over the water before repeatedly dropping back down. I didn't see the outcome due to the Whoopers!
Heres hoping for more local Kittiwake tomorrow......
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Local birding: Brockholes Quarry - inc. LRP - 15th March 2008.
Friday, March 14, 2008
Local birding: Iceland Gull - 14th March 2008.
This very pale 2ndw Iceland Gull was viewable distantly from Withnell Landfill Site in fields north of the M65 mid-pm.
Bill Berry and I attempted to twitch it but dipped. A Short-eared Owl, a species in short supply this winter locally, along Bradshaw Lane was some compensation however. A Little Egret was on the saltmarsh off Lane Ends and c20 Corn Bunting at the Eagland Hill feeding station.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Local birding: Y.L. Gull, Med Gull & Rock Pipit - 13th March 2008.
Monday, March 10, 2008
Local birding: Brockholes Quarry - 10th March 2008.
Friday, March 07, 2008
Local and Noth Lancs birding inc Chough - 7th March 2008
Thursday, March 06, 2008
Local birding: Nordic Jackdaw - 6th March 2008.
Its been some time since any Jackdaw flocks co-operated for me at Withnell Landfill Site, but today c100 were feeding in adj sheep fields. This Nordic bird was by far the most well marked bird I saw in the fifteen minutes before two almighty, ear-drum shattering rockets from the Landfill Site exploded in rapid succession at 12:30, scattering the Gulls and Corvids for miles around, inc 1 Raven. I left shortly afterwards, but returned at dusk to see both the Barn Owl and a Little Owl in fields between the A675 and the Landfill Site. The Barn Owl has been present all winter according to the Farmer and great to have this species so close to home.
In between visits here, another 30 minutes hopeful scanning for the Tockholes Shrike drew another blank with nothing of note at the Fishmoor Res roost either.