Saturday, 17 April 2010

Brockholes quarry and Local quarry - 10th April 2010

On Saturday I went to brockholes quarry and met a few people on the number 1 pit viewing point. Bill Aspin reported 3 med gulls, so that’s a reason to go, even though I didn’t see them I did see two white wagtails. Also on the same pit I saw oystercatchers, little ringed plovers, carrion crows, black headed gulls, tufted duck, redshank, lapwing, skylark, shelduck, teal, cormorant, Canada geese and a few mute swans.

On the way back I called back in the quarry and saw 2 peregrines. On the water I spotted coot, moorhen, 2 little grebe and 6 mallard. Over the water I saw 2 jay and jackdaw. In the trees nearby I saw 2 chiffchaff, blue and great tit and heard a willow warbler.

Local quarry - 9th April 2010

On Friday I went to the local quarry to see the peregrine. When I got there I sat down in my favourite spot and from there I saw one peregrine also I saw a lot of jackdaw. On the pool down of the bottom of the quarry I saw coot, moorhen and 7 mallard. Near the end of my trip at the quarry I was looking in the air and saw black headed gulls, 1 lesser black backed gull, 1 pied wagtail, woodpigeon, blackbirds and stock doves. In the trees I saw 2 chiffchaff, 2 bullfinches, blue and great tit, collard dove, robins, 5 chaffinch, 4 goldfinch, 1 greenfinch and the first coal tit I’ve spotted in the quarry.

Sunday, 11 April 2010

Lancashire Birding - 4th April 2010

At about 10 in the morning, I set of to Leighton moss to see the marsh harriers, when I got there I spotted my first marsh harrier this year but sadly it was too far away to get a picture. After about 15 minutes it flew of and there was no sign it. So I set of to Warton crag and straight away I saw a peregrine, 1 raven, a kestrel, a lot of jackdaw and a calling chiffchaff. We spent about half an hour at Warton and set of back to Leighton moss and then I saw 3 marsh harriers 2 male 1 female and just got a record shot of one.
 The next stop was Condor and saw mute swan, goldeneye, mallard, lapwing, curlew, 10 oystercatcher, 9 redshank and a couple of tufted duck.
Then I went to pilling lane and saw 2 sparrow hawk diving over my head, sadly I didn’t see it catch anything, also I saw 300+ pink footed geese, 1 little egret, shellduck, 30+ knot and 2 rock dove. On the way home I called into Bradshaw lane feeding station, on the seeds eating them I saw a couple of great and blue tits, skylark, 4 dunnock, chaffinch, shellduck, woodpigeons, collard dove, stock pigeon, a grey heron, swallows, red legged partrige, a kestrel, curlew, a lot of lesser black backed gulls, carrion crow, reed bunting, corn bunting and 9 yellowhammers.

Saturday, 3 April 2010

Local quarry - 2nd April 2010

This morning, about 12:00, I went to the local quarry and straight away saw the two peregrines and when they flew of, I walked to the bottom of the quarry. On the way down I saw a chiffchaff and then heard another chiffchaff. After about 10 minutes, waiting at the bottom of the quarry I saw little grebe, coot, mallard and great and blue tits. Then the peregrines flew right over me and got some pics, after they both went I headed back home.

Thursday, 1 April 2010

Chiffchaff - 1st April 2010

Just took the dogs out to stags lodge to try and get a photo of the chiffchaff, so on the way there where I normally see it and didn’t even hear it! After about 45 minutes I headed back and heard it so I started looking for it and then I saw it and quickly took some pics,  
finally got some pics!