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Crook O' Lune & local area forays.
Posted by Steve Graham
I would like to keep this post near the top of the list if possible as I intend posting sightings to it on a regular basis through the year. Which should make collating my local records a lot easier through the year. Does anyone know how to make the post 'stick' near the top please?
Crook O' Lune - Usual suspects at present, up to 3 Goldeneye around, 1 Little Grebe, singing Mistle Thrush, 20 Siskin, Bullfinch 1 pair.
12/02 - GBBGull 1cy on western rocks in river. Starling singing for Eastern picnic site, scarce here. House Sparrow - bird calling near Scarthwaite Hotel very scarce here despite being very common in Halton & Caton.
First of many records hopefully this year.
Crook O' Lune
17/02 - Oystercatcher calling after dark. My first here this year.
18/02 - Plenty of birds singing this morning including several Song Thrush and single Mistle Thrush. GSW drumming and Siskin have now built up to 30+. Chaffinch & Greenfinch now in full song. Goldeneye up to 5 with 1 Drake and 4 redheads. Single Little Grebe still around along with lone 1cy Mute Swan. A male Kestrel appeared at dusk to roost nearby as it or a decendant has done for the past few winter's. Another Oystercatcher heard today, spring around the corner.
Otherwise fairly steady and wintering Thrushes seen absent here at the moment. Although nearly all berries nearby were exhausted sometime ago.
28/02 - Slight movement of Redwings here today. 1W, 4S and 3 in the garden briefly. Been very scarce here so far this year. 3 Fieldfare in the hedgerow adjacent to the Bay Gateway heading towards Halton.
River fairly quiet at the moment although Little Grebe increased to 4 and there has been up to 5 Goldeneye around. River now starting to ice up in places.
Interestingly, the garden feeders are no busier at the moment than in a now 'normal' damp mild winter. Still a few Siskin about and a GSW bravely drummed this morning - 01/03.
Much the same again this week with the garden feeders hardly any busier than usual despite the weather conditions.
02/03 - 20 Lapwing south. Surprisingly scarce here with just 2/3 records a year.
04/03- Raven heard, 4 Goldeneye back on river along with 2 Little Grebe and male Goosander. Up to 3 GSW drumming this morning. 3 pairs of Lapwing back on field just N of Caton old station house by cycle path. A traditional breeding site but not suitable last year.
A few Curlew and Oystercatcher have been moving through, roll on spring!
07/03 - An excellent days walking around all the hides at LM and finishing at Warton Crag. Recorded 76 species, with following highlights:
Lower Hide/ Causeway - At least 10 Goldeneye & 6 drake Pochard, 6 Water Rails calling, Reed Buntings in full song, Cetti's W 1s. 3 Marsh Harriers around, 3 Sparrowhawk. Elsewhere, ringtail Hen Harrier, see separate thread, Lesser Redpoll 1 on feeders, GWE 2/3. Warton 2 Ravens visiting nest and displaying, 2 Peregrine's briefly.
Saltmarsh hides, 5 Avocets, 1 Greenshank plenty of Curlew moving through along with smaller numbers of Lapwing.
Stoat moving along hedgeline in field adjacent to Lower Hide path am.
Excellent day out in dry weather!
Weekly summary, not feeling very spring like again!
9/3 First Lesser Redpoll of the year along with c20 Siskin still present.
10/3 Up to 5 Bullfinch including 3 males visiting the garden.
11/3 c50 BHGulls all full adults moving purposefully East.
13/3 Still up to 3 Goldeneye intermittently around.
9/3 First Buff-tailed Bumblebee of the year here.
11/3 First frogspawn of the year laid.
13/3 A rather sluggish Palmate Newt heading to pond. Also Mink see swimming across river.
At this rate it make take until April to see my first butterfly this year!
24/3 - Chiffchaff in full song on cycle path near Artle Beck. Also 2+ Tree Sparrows calling from Council depot behind Catholic church in Brookhouse as per last spring.
Re: Stephen Young's comments, yes, still up to 3 Goldeneye at the Crook on 23/3 and up to 5 Bullfinch visiting the garden. Also seen feeding on Wych Elm which I haven't noted before.
29/3 Sizergh Castle, Brigsteer Woods & Foulshaw Moss
Sizergh Castle - 3 Hawfinch in car park before 08:00, 1m & 2f. Then a delivery van arrived and they moved off. Around 09:00 a lone female came back to the car park area. Advise getting on site before 08:00 at the moment due to increasing early morning disturbance to give you the best chance of connecting with this species. Also calling Green Woodpecker close by.
Brigsteer Woods produced a lone Fieldfare and 2s Chiffchaff. A singing Lesser Redpoll was a bonus here. The wetland area was quiet.
Foulshaw Moss - very quiet. Recpolls not back here yet. Water Rail calling. Some compensation were Kestrel, Peregrine, Buzzard and Ravens dogfighting distantly over Whitbarrow Scar.
A mixed week with some almost spring like weather. It certainly encouraged a few more Moths in the trap.
4/4 - Raven 1W.
5/4 - First Meadow Pipit of the year over. 3 Common Buzzard and female Sparrowhawk displaying. Amazingly, 2 Starlings on fat balls were my first ever Starlings in the garden! Same goes with House Sparrow with no actual garden record here to date. Single Redpoll over at teatime was my second of the year.
6/4 - Blackcap back singing this morning. 5 days later than 2017 but about average arrival time here.
7/4 - Blackcap & Chiffchaff singing at the Crook along with a singing Stock Dove, scarce here.
Still not heard Green Woodpecker at the Crook yet this year.
7/4 - Early morning bike ride to Bullbeck produced 4S Chiffchaffs and Dipper at Artle Beck.
Bullbeck - Pair of LRP displaying, Sand Martin 3, Redshank single, Goosander male and 6 pairs of Oystercatchers. Curlew & Lapwings displaying in fields south of the main road.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/04/2018 09:46AM by Steve Graham.
An interesting past week with some signs of summer at last!
6/4 - Blackcap back singing about average arrival date here.
12/4 - finally a single Swallow over, 2 weeks later than 2017. A further 2 flew S on 16/4.
15/4- Willow Warbler arrived again 2 weeks later than 2017. At teatime had around 20 large gulls flying up and down a river. An adult Herring Gull was amongst the LBBs a surprisingly scarce species here.
16/4- single Stock Dove intermittently singing again. 2 Common Sandpipers were an early bonus arriving nearly a week earlier than 2017 here. A male House Spaarow was 'singing' on our house roof. A garden first here believe it or not. Two pairs of Starlings are currently nexting at two properties here for the first time.
Butterfly season finally started with a Small Tort through the garden on 9/4 and a Peacock through on 16/4.
Toads are currently spawning in my garden pond.
18/4 - Lesser Whitethroat singing at a traditional site just E of the eastern cycle bridge in Blackthorn, quite early for here.
18/4 - Leighton Moss: Reed warbler singing by road on Barrow Scout. Looks like the BH Yellow Wag has moved on but 2 White Wagtail, 20+ Meadow Pipit and a pair of Stonechat in the area. Drake Garganey on Liliians and 2 Sedge Warbler singing around the reserve. No Swallows or sand Martins seen all day!
Small Tort & Peacock on the wing.
18/4 - 1 House Martin seen over Caton village early evening.
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