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  • guymcclelland
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    in reply to: Chiffchaffs #5229

    PM update

    Two willow warblers were singing in neighbouring gardens.

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    in reply to: Common Scoter Hala #5087

    In other Hala wildfowl news, the starling that imitates mallard quacks is also in residence for at least its 3rd spring.

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    in reply to: Aldcliffe Marsh #4491

    A barn owl was in the spruce plantation at dusk.

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    guymcclelland
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    in reply to: Blackcap – Hala #4477

    A male blackcap made a similar short visit today.

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    in reply to: Various #4469

    2 barn owls were hunting at Wildfowlers’ at dusk on the 1st of January.

    guymcclelland
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    in reply to: Otter in Bare #4459

    Hi Jeff,

    I saw an otter in the deculverted section of Burrow Beck at Hala Square in September 2020.
    Burrow Beck provides a direct route to the canal and the estuary, which might explain how it found its way to Hala.

    Guy

    guymcclelland
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    I had 4 fly over Hala when the redwings first arrived. I’ve just had a look at Fair Isle Bird Obs and there aren’t many fieldfares passing through there. Fieldfare:redwing ratio 3:534 and 7:968 on the 25/26th October.

    guymcclelland
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    in reply to: Conder & Glasson #3825

    Thanks Ian about recording the GBBGs. I recorded one flying over my house at Hala on Saturday, so it might have been one of the GBBGs that you sighted. Are they regular at Blea Tarn?

    guymcclelland
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    in reply to: Whimbrel #3615

    Two west to east on Monday afternoon.

    guymcclelland
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    in reply to: Aldcliffe #3452

    Yes, that was my thought also.

    guymcclelland
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    in reply to: Aldcliffe #3447

    A snipe was stood on a post at Wildfowlers’ this evening.
    Fledged greenfinch and goldfinch at Weedy Corner.

    guymcclelland
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    in reply to: Canalside Cetti’s #3422

    There are 2, but possibly 3 Cetti’s on this stretch. The original Mr. Atkins was calling in the thicket close to where the footpath from Ashton Rd. meets the towpath. There was another Mr. Atkins singing on the opposite side of the canal opposite to the moored boats, 200m north. A third bird was heard calling about 70m north of Mr. Atkins. This was either Mr. Atkins or a third bird.

    guymcclelland
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    The Garganey was absent from Blea Tarn this evening but I did see 2 oystercatcher chicks and one lapwing chick.

    guymcclelland
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    in reply to: Canalside Cetti’s #3372

    I have edited down the size of the video, hopefully this will work.

    guymcclelland
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    in reply to: Canalside Cetti’s #3342

    I have a couple of recordings but am struggling to upload them.

    guymcclelland
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    in reply to: Whimbrel #3122

    2+1+7 this evening, all heading in the same direction NE to SW, towards the estuary.

    guymcclelland
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    in reply to: Siskins #3107

    2-3 heard flying north over Hala also

    guymcclelland
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    in reply to: Aldcliffe 28.4 #3083

    4 wheatears in the high tide mark south of the walled meadow this evening.
    Lesser whitethroat close by.

    guymcclelland
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    Hi Alan,

    I have wanted to reply to this but I haven’t been able to log on until recently. I live in Hala and curlew and lapsing are commonly mimicked by starlings. I have also heard oystercatcher, buzzard and BHG. For the last two years, a starling has sat on my roof and it interrupts its song with mallard quacks. You look up expecting to see a female mallard with a couple of male attendants, but it is the starling.

    guymcclelland
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    Hi Allan,

    I had a water rail in the same area in about 1985. I don’t have a written record, but like you, the unusual nature of the venue of the record has meant that it is stuck in my memory.

    Guy

    guymcclelland
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    in reply to: Aldcliffe #1985

    I managed to get a glimpse of Mr. Atkins today, having visually eluded me for at least 6 months. It flew in to a clump of dead reeds on the towpath side and then skulked there, only showing its presence with the occasional movement of the reeds.

    guymcclelland
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    2 females seen in my garden in Hala, one attempted the fatball feeder but both seemed happier on the apples spiked on the hawthorn bush. One was feeding in the half light until 1625.

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    in reply to: Aldcliffe Marsh #1643

    A female merlin was seen on the western edge of the stubble field.

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