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Crook O' Lune & local area forays.

Posted by Steve Graham 
Re: Crook O' Lune & local area forays.
October 31, 2019 08:29AM
29/10 - Little Grebes have increased to 2. c300 Fieldfare & Redwing heading NW late morning. 1 Raven West.

30/10 - Little Grebes had increased to 5.

31/10 - Redhead Goldeneye back slightly earlier here than usual.

Cheers
Steve
Re: Crook O' Lune & local area forays.
December 18, 2019 08:35AM
17/12 - Woodcock flushed mid-morning by the Crook Memorial Wood during a litter pick.

River levels been high for weeks so water bird sightings been few and far between. Hence few records to report in recent weeks.

Merry Christmas & all the best to everyone in 2020.

Steve Graham
Re: Crook O' Lune & local area forays.
April 13, 2020 04:40PM
12/4 - Back home from 3.5 months away. The UK is certainly a very different one to the one we left in January.

Returned to lovely spring sunshine. Bird reports will be limited to the Hermitage Estate, Crook O' Lune and various local walks mainly on the cycle path to Halton or Caton. There are certainly worse places to be confined to during lockdown.

13/4 - Walk from the Crook to Halton on the cycle path during the permitted daily exercise slot. No bins as 'proper' birding not allowed in public at the moment.

2 Willow Warblers, 2 Blackcap and single Chiffchaff in song. At least 20 Sand Martins flying around just downstream of Forge Weir and 2 Common Sandpiper flying upstream here too.

Happy Easter and stay safe. Steve
Re: Crook O' Lune & local area forays.
April 15, 2020 05:43PM
15/4 - 2 Willow Warblers singing at the Crook this morning, same date as last two years. Single Common Sandpiper heard and male Brimstone on estate.

Cheers
Steve
Re: Crook O' Lune & local area forays.
April 17, 2020 11:48AM
17/04 - Crossbills heard but not seen flying N East at 06:45 at the Crook. Just about an annual treat here.

Cheers Steve
Re: Crook O' Lune & local area forays.
April 18, 2020 05:42PM
18/04 - c40 House Martins feeding over the Crook mid-morning. Early morning produced a Kestrel doing its winnowing display flight. Getting a scarce bird in these parts nowadays.

Cheers
Steve
Re: Crook O' Lune & local area forays.
April 21, 2020 08:30AM
19/4 - Osprey reported fishing unsuccessfully opposite Low Mill, Caton along with 2 Shelduck.

Lesser Redpoll over the estate and 2 Swallows N. Female Sparrowhawk being mobbed by 2 Mistle Thrush.

20/4 - Red Kite reported just upstream of Forge Weir.

A single Swift over the estate was my earliest ever here. Late afternoon produced a teneral Large Red Damselfly, probably my earliest ever.

Cheers
Steve
Re: Crook O' Lune & local area forays.
April 23, 2020 07:28PM
21/4 - A further 2 Swifts at the Crook. Linnet (s) heard overhead, less than annual here. Adult Large Red Damselfly.

Bull Beck - Nice to pick up a pair of Ringed Plover feeding in a pool in field adjacent to the river early morning.

Cheers
Steve
Re: Crook O' Lune & local area forays.
May 10, 2020 06:27PM
A Spotted Flycatcher in poplars yesterday (10/5)-- upstream of the western pedestrian bridge.
Re: Crook O' Lune & local area forays.
May 19, 2020 06:35PM
Hi Dan

Just seen your post that's early for here.

Still not back at a regular breeding spot at the Crook yet, 19/5.

Cheers
Steve
Re: Crook O' Lune & local area forays.
May 25, 2020 09:40PM
Decided to get up early this morning to beat the crowds on another glorious Bank Holiday this year. Wait till lockdown lifts and the rain will arrive!

Postern Gate former LO Barn - Oystercatcher confirmed breeding again on corrugated roof. Medium size youngster seen. Also a pair of Stock Dove present.

06:40 Birk Bank - Car park still locked but several cars already parked up when I arrived. Early walkers/dog walkers I guess.

Cuckoo intermittently calling, Lesser Redpoll, Sparrowhawk and the usual suspects! Small Heath & Holly Blue out before 08:45 was a bit of a surprise.

Then onto Caton Moor from the cattle grid/Roeburndale Road approach. 2 Snipe chipping here. 3 Cuckoo calling from different directions - excellent. Wheatear male on stone wall. Single fledged Stonechat seen. Good numbers of Skylark singing, Kestrel & Buzzard.

Green Hairstreak, GV White, Peacock, Red Admiral and Large White all out before 09:15.

Cheers
Steve
Re: Crook O' Lune & local area forays.
June 03, 2020 06:26AM
02/06 - Mallard with 8y at the Crook. Lesser Redpoll - 3N. Tawny Owl confirmed breeding on the estate with at least 2 young calling.

Sad to say Spotted Flycatcher has not returned to this traditional breeding site. There were 3 pairs in the vicinity within the last 5 years but now have all sadly disappeared. Habitat actually been improved for them in recent years and nest boxes provided. Looks like they are in trouble in their wintering/ migration stop overs.

Hill Farm - Brookhouse SD543 644

02/06 - Very surprised to find a Lesser Whitethroat singing most of the day here. Quite a scarce bird anywhere in the Lune Valley.

Confirmed breeding records at Hill Farm:

Starling 1 pair, Blue Tit 1 pair, Wren, Robin, Dunnock all one pair. House Sparrow 2 pairs, Jackdaws 2 pairs, Blackcap 1 pair, Great Tit & Long-tailed Tit 1 pair.

Cheers
Steve
Re: Crook O' Lune & local area forays.
June 04, 2020 06:17PM
04/06 - Great views of an Osprey at the Crook this morning around 08:00. First noted being mobbed by a GBB Gull it landed on the western side of the Crook and remained for c35 minutes. It looked quite bedraggled plumage wise. I suspect it was having a rest after a failed fishing trip.

For the third day running a Lesser Whitethroat was rattling in the vicinity of Hill Farm, Littledale Road, Brookhouse. Not a common bird in the Lune Valley.

Cheers
Steve
Re: Crook O' Lune & local area forays.
June 05, 2020 07:56AM
05/06 - Remarkably, the Osprey flew into the Crook at 21:45 last evening and roosted overnight. 2 Tawny Owlets were calling on the estate with one fluffy youngster seen well at dusk last night.

Cheers
Steve
Re: Crook O' Lune & local area forays.
June 18, 2020 08:01AM
Osprey update : The individual remained at the Crook until 13/06 and gave fantastic views fishing here daily. Fortunately, I was able to read its ring through my scope and here are the findings:

Blue Darvic KS1
Ringed: nestling female Glaslyn, Snowdonia, Gwynedd 2/7/18

It was the middle one of 3 chicks and apparently very dominant in the nest.

Lesser Whitethroat singing regularly at Hill Farm, Brookhouse until 13/06.

Cheers
Steve
Re: Crook O' Lune & local area forays.
June 19, 2020 06:52AM
19/6 - Rather surprised to see an adult Spotted Flycatcher on the estate briefly this morning and another possible nearby. Surely I have not managed to overlook these for the last month?!

3 Kingfishers all on the E side of the Crook. Looks like they have bred successfully nearby.

Mink carrying large prey swimming to the tip of the Crook at 07:00.

Cheers
Steve



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