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Crook O' Lune & local area forays.

Posted by Steve Graham 
Re: Crook O' Lune & local area forays.
October 15, 2018 04:16PM
15/10 - A good passage morning as predicted. Best birds were 2+4 Crossbills all flying E around 08:50. First record here for 2/3 years.

Supporting cast included more Redwings, Skylark, Siskin and single Curlew, my first for a couple of months here. Not yet had Lesser Redpoll over this Autumn unusually.

Cheers
Steve
Re: Crook O' Lune & local area forays.
October 19, 2018 07:58AM
18/10 - A single Fieldfare was on the estate briefly along with 20 Redwing again. Fieldfare is surprisingly scarce here and less than annual.

19/10 - Early morning walk produced 3 Grey Wagtails, 2 Little Grebe and a Kingfisher.

Cheers
Steve
Re: Crook O' Lune & local area forays.
October 24, 2018 02:24PM
24/10 - c50 Fieldfare West over cycle path at Caton late morning.

Cheers
Steve
Re: Crook O' Lune & local area forays.
October 26, 2018 03:02PM
26/10 - More evidence of Winter visitors with, unusually, 10 Fieldfare on the estate, 20 Redwing and at least 2 Brambling calling and a female seen. A few more Siskin around and mid-afternoon a female Sparrowhawk was mobbed by 3 Pied Wagtails and a Grey. Good Autumn stuff! Also 2 Ravens S this morning.

Cheers
Steve
Re: Crook O' Lune & local area forays.
December 05, 2018 07:56AM
Typical late Nov/early December here. A pair of Mistle Thrush back and around 20 Redwing still present. Most of the finches have moved on but there are still a few Siskin present. Another 'singing' House Sparrow last Sunday morning was the third record this year. That is equivalent to the same number recorded in the last 5 years. Will they eventually colonise the area as they breed very close in both the Halton & Caton directions.

A couple of Dipper sightings recently and still Little Grebe about. No sighting of wintering Goldeneye here so far.

Merry Christmas
Steve
Re: Crook O' Lune & local area forays.
December 06, 2018 04:12PM
6/12 - Drake Goldeneye finally arrived back at the Crook today. Somewhat later than last year, 19/11.

Otherwise, as we were rain, drizzle, rain!

Merry Christmas
Steve
Re: Crook O' Lune & local area forays.
December 17, 2018 10:26PM
Not too much to report at the Crook recently. I find December my quietest month of the year here in terms of species count.

The single drake Goldeneye has been joined by another along with 4 redheads. Little Egret regularly feeding at the eastern inlet.

Other than that Grey Wagtail and 2 Pied Wagtails along with a couple of Siskin today.

Merry Christmas
Steve
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