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  • Pete Crooks
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      A check of the Heysham Bird Observatory blog reveals a photo of the same c-r Pale-bellied Brent Goose off Knowlys Road on 25/01/21.

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      Pete Crooks
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        in reply to: Freehold waxwings #8174

        Up to 9 Waxwing and 1 female Blackcap visiting the white berry rowan opposite the front of 50 Rydal Road early afternoon. (The rowan tree is at the bottom of the garden of 90 Windermere Road.)

        Pete C

        Pete Crooks
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          Richard du Feu has informed me that its the first Dutch ringed Cormorant seen in Lancashire.

          Pete C

          Pete Crooks
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            in reply to: Green Sandpiper #8109

            I think the area that Gar is referring to is roughly at Grid Reference SD 516 794.

            Pye’s Bridge Lane is the minor road heading NE off the A6 at Hale (just south of Beetham). It goes over the railway (west coast mainline) at Pye’s Bridge and joins the B6384 NW of Holme.

            Pete C

            Pete Crooks
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              Well spotted Andrew, though your comment prompted me to read her profile on Wikipedia, where I learnt that she is Dutch not Danish!

              Pete C

              Pete Crooks
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                Leighton Moss hold monthly binocular & telescope demonstrations where you can compare different models and find something to suit your budget. Try phoning Leighton Moss to ask when the next event is. I’m not sure about night vision optics though.

                Pete C

                Pete Crooks
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                  I received the following from Tony Cross of the Mid Wales Ringing Group about the colour-ringed Whimbrel:

                  “Yes, definitely one of ours but I’m afraid we have ringed over 500 in the past 14 or so years and they nearly all have the same colour combination so without the 3 digit code I’m afraid there isn’t a lot else I can tell you other than that it was ringed in Wales, probably near Aberaeron.”

                  Pete C

                  Pete Crooks
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                    After Ian Hartley saw 75 Whimbrel in the usual field at 9.00 am, I had a check this lunchtime and saw 73 at 12.30 pm (though some may have been out of slight beyond the break of slope at the far side of the field). The group included a colour-ringed bird – a yellow ring with a 2 or 3 character code (too distant to read) on its right tibia and a green ring on its left tibia.

                    Also: 2 Wheatear (male and female).

                    Pete C

                    Pete Crooks
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                      33 Whimbrel in the same field as above at 1.40 pm today, with 37 there at 3.40 pm.

                      Pete C

                      Pete Crooks
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                        in reply to: Foulshaw & Fell End #7230

                        Four different Ospreys have visited the Foulshaw Moss nest in the past week – as revealed by the nest camera images on the ‘Foulshaw Ospreys’ Twitter page:

                        White YW (right leg) – the regular male – arrived on 27/3
                        Unringed female – joined White YW at the nest on 27/3 (and 28/3 ?)
                        Blue CE (left leg) – hatched in Easter Ross, Scotland in 2009 – joined White YW at the nest on 28/3 and 29/3
                        Blue 35 (right leg) – the regular female – arrived on 31/3

                        White YW and Blue 35 are now back together for their tenth successive year.

                        Pete C

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                          The adult Lesser White-fronted Goose was originally with 170 Pink-footed Geese in the roadside field just by the southernmost pool at Barrow Scout – directly below the Crag Road viewpoint from 11.55 am, until the goose flock was flushed by a passing motorbike at c.12.45 pm. Comparisons of photos showing the pattern of blackish feathering on the belly of this bird and the one seen recently at Moss Lane, Thurnham confirm that they are the same bird.

                          Also from the Crag Road viewpoint:
                          12 Avocet – on The Flood
                          c.740 Black-tailed Godwit – on Eric Morecambe Pool South
                          1 Great Crested Grebe – on the Allen Pool (I cannot recall seeing one here before)

                          Earlier a visit to Foulshaw Moss failed to produce any Osprey, though the noticeboard stated that one – a passage bird ? – was seen there on 23rd March. Great views of 2 Water Rails feeding beneath the bird feeders at the start of the boardwalk. Also: 2 Stonechat on the moss, with 1 male Lesser Redpoll, 1 female Siskin and 6 Tree Sparrow on the bird feeders by the car park.

                          Pete C

                          Pete Crooks
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                            The Moss Lane / Jeremy Lane area currently offers the best birding experience in north Lancashire. I spent about 40 minutes checking through the c.4000 Pink-footed Geese in fields south of Moss Lane late this afternoon and saw:
                            1 adult Lesser White-fronted Goose – of ‘unknown origin’
                            8 Russian White-fronted Geese – groups of 5 and 3 (up to 12 have been seen in recent days)
                            8 Barnacle Geese – in a single group among the Pink-feet

                            Also: 1 adult Mediterranean Gull among Black-headed and Common Gulls following a ‘muck spreading tractor’, with a different adult in the same area last Friday.

                            Also seen in recent days by various different observers:
                            3 Tundra Bean Geese
                            1 Greenland White-fronted Goose
                            Up to 8 adult Bewick’s Swan
                            450+ Whooper Swan

                            Pete C

                            Pete Crooks
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                              in reply to: Conder & Thurnham #7021

                              8 adult Bewick’s Swan south of Gardner’s Farm, Moss Lane – two groups of 4 adults among two separate flocks of Whooper Swan.

                              1 Greenshank, 185 Black-tailed Godwit in the Cocker Channel off Bank Houses, Cockersand

                              Pete C

                              Pete Crooks
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                                in reply to: Leighton Moss #6997

                                Barrow Scout Fields – 17 Pochard (14 males, 3 females)

                                Level crossing fields – 1 1st winter Russian White-fronted Goose among mixed flock of Greylag and Pink-footed Geese

                                Lilian’s Hide, Leighton Moss – female Ring-necked Duck
                                54 Tufted Duck
                                13 Goldeneye (2 males, 11 females)

                                Skytower – 3 Marsh Harrier (male displaying to 2 females over reedbed between Lilian’s and Grisedale Hides)
                                1 Great White Egret (near Grisedale Hide, but visible from Skytower)
                                4 Fieldfare

                                Pete C

                                Pete Crooks
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                                  ‘Into the sun’ views of the Tundra Bean Goose looking south from Willow Lane at 12 noon.

                                  Good views of 2 adult Russian White-fronted Geese with c.2000 Pink-footed Geese in the fields by the cycle-track south-west of Freeman’s Pools mid-afternoon.

                                  Pete C

                                  Pete Crooks
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                                    in reply to: Aldcliffe geese #6826

                                    Yes, presumably the same birds. Although they were among a large mixed flock of Pink-footed Geese and Greylag Geese while at Aldcliffe, on at least one occasion they flew off on their own – then later few back to rejoin the other geese.

                                    Pete C

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                                      The Grey Phalarope was still present in the harbour this morning and showing rather distantly from the south harbour wall.

                                      11 Mediterranean Gull (9 adults, 1 2nd W, 1 1st W) between the outfalls and Red Nab

                                      230 Grey Plover off Potts Corner on the rising tide, but nothing of note among the Dunlin flock.

                                      Pete C

                                      Pete Crooks
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                                        in reply to: Scaup #6097

                                        Hi Brian,

                                        I think the two birds in your photo are both female Tufted Duck.

                                        Pete Crooks

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                                          in reply to: Red Nab, Heysham #6006

                                          A prompt reply from the Devon & Cornwall Wader Ringing Group about one of the c-r Oystercatchers:
                                          Ringed at Dawlish Warren, Exe Exstuary, Devon on 4/2/18 and also seen there on 18/2/18 and 3/12/20, but not seen again until today.

                                          Pete Crooks
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                                            The Foulshaw Moss female has a right leg blue darvic – Blue 35.

                                            Pete C

                                            Pete Crooks
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                                              A check of the CR Birding website suggests that the cr Oystercatcher may be Norwegian as they use a green ring with a white alpha / numeric code, beginning with a T. One to look out for Malcolm!

                                              Pete C

                                              Pete Crooks
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                                                in reply to: Spoonbill #5612

                                                No sign of the Spoonbill in a quick check from the Crag Road viewpoint at 2.30 pm this afternoon.
                                                48 Avocet – mostly on the Allen Pool
                                                150 Black-tailed Godwit – mostly on the Flood
                                                1 2nd CY Mediterranean Gull – Allen Pool
                                                Male Cinnamon Teal x Shoveler hybrid – Barrow Scout

                                                Pete C

                                                Pete Crooks
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                                                  A total of 56 Whimbrel today – 16 in the usual field (SD 508 606), 36 circling then landing in a field by Littledale Road, Stock-a-bank and 4 in another field by Little Fell Road (SD 507 602) at 1.30 pm.

                                                  Pete C

                                                  Pete Crooks
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                                                    A total of 57 Whimbrel – 53 in the usual field (SD 508 606) and 4 in a field across the road (SD 506 604) at 1.50 pm.

                                                    Pete C

                                                    Pete Crooks
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                                                      41 Whimbrel in the same field (SD 508 606) at 4.40 pm this afternoon.

                                                      Pete C

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