Saturday 7th. February 2015

Chorley Natural History Society Area - Species List 2015

Croston Moss - Great Spotted Woodpecker, Grey Partridge, Whooper Swan, Shelduck = 4 (Year Total 79)

Thursday 5th. February 2015

Chorley Natural History Society Area - Species List 2015

Great Knowley former quarry - Common Snipe = 1 (Year Total 75)

Sunday 1st. February 2015

Chorley Natural History Society Area - Species List 2015

Birkacre - Greylag Goose          = 1 (Year Total 74)
Anglezarke Reservoir - Pochard = 1 (Year Total 73)
Stronstey Bank - Sparrowhawk  = 1 (Year Total 72)

Sunday25th. January 2015

Chorley Natural History Society Area - Species List 2015

Mawdesley Moss - Meadow Pipit = 1 (Year Total 71)

Sunday18th. January 2015

Chorley Natural History Society Area - Species List 2015

Leicester Mill Quarry 08:35 - Raven = 1 (Year Total 70)

Sunday18th. January 2015

Chorley Natural History Society Area - Species List 2015

Croston Twin Lakes & Sewage Works 10:45 to 11:45 - Bullfinch =1 (Year Total 69)

Wednesday 14th. January 2015

Chorley Natural History Society Area - Species List 2015

Great Knowley am - Tawny Owl = 1 (Year Total 68)

Sunday 11th. January 2015

Chorley Natural History Society Area - Species List 2015

Worthington Lakes (Adlington Reservoir & Nature Reserve) 10:45 to 11:45 - Mandarin Duck & Cormorant = 2 (Year Total - 67)

Yarrow Valley Park 08:15 to 09:45 - Kingfisher & Dipper = 2 (Year Total 65)

Saturday 10th. January 2015

Chorley Natural History Society Area - Species List 2015

Croston Twin Lakes & Sewage Works 10:30 to 11:45 with other members of Chorley Natural History Society - Gadwall, Teal, Common Chiffchaff. = 3 (YEAR Total - 63)

Croston Moss 09:00 to 10:30 with other members of Chorley Natural History Society - Herring Gull, Yellowhammer, Corn Bunting & Stock Dove. = 4 (Year Total - 60)

Sunday 4th January 2015

Chorley Natural History Society Area - Species List 2015

Yarrow Valley Park 10:45 to 11:45 - Goosander, Common Gull, Long Tailed Tit. = 3 (Year Total - 56)

Croston Moss 08:25 to 10:00 - Chaffinch, Pheasant, Pink Footed Goose, Fieldfare, Lapwing, Linnet, Tree Sparrow, Skylark, Stonechat, Kestrel = 10 (Year Total - 53)

Saturday 3rd. January 2015

Chorley Natural History Society Area - Species List 2015

Yarrow Valley Park 15:10 to 16:10 - Little Grebe = 1 (Year Total - 43)

Great Knowley am - Goldcrest. = 1 (Year Total - 42)

Friday 2nd. January 2015

Chorley Natural History Society Area - Species List 2015

Great Knowley home garden pm - Jackdaw, Song Thrush. = 2 (Year Total - 41)

Morrisons, Chorley - Peregrine Falcon. = 1 (Year Total - 39)

Chorley Town Centre - Feral Pigeon. = 1. (Year Total - 38)

Yarrow Valley Park - Shoveler, Canada Goose, Great Crested Grebe, Grey Wagtail, Reed Bunting, Coal Tit, Great Tit, Nuthatch, Grey Heron. = 9 (Year Total - 37)

Eaves Lane Chorley - Starling. = 1. (Year Total - 28).

Lower Healey - Tufted Duck, Mute Swan, Goldeneye, Coot, Moorhen, Great Black backed Gull, Mistle Thrush, Redwing, Pied Wagtail. = 9 (Year Total - 27).

Great Knowley am - Collared Dove, Common Buzzard, Mallard, Rook. = 4 (Year Total - 18)

Thursday 1st January 2015

Chorley Natural History Society Area - Species List 2015

Great Knowley from home garden - House Sparrow, Dunnock, Blackbird, Blue Tit, Magpie, Woodpigeon, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Carrion Crow, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Wren,  Black Headed Gull, Jay, Robin.  = 14 (Year Total - 14).

Sunday 21st. April 2013
Georges Lane Rivington, Birds seen/heard included 2 male Wheatear, Kestrel, Lesser Redpoll, Lapwing, Meadow Pipit, Chaffinch, Raven, Magpie.
A report from other birders that 3 Whinchat seen early this morning, but no sign whilst I was there.
Saturday 20th. April 2013
Walked from White Coppice to Great Hill to Heatherlea Woods and back. Wildlife seen included: Pair of Ring Ouzel along Dean Black Brook, very flighty never got nearer than 100yds before they moved off, singing Stonechat, heard two Red Grouse, saw 1 pair of Curlew and heard another pair from towards Round Loaf, plenty Meadow Pipits about with many of the males displaying, Blackcap, Willow Warbler & Chiff-chaff singing near the nursery at White Coppice, plenty more Willow Warblers singing along the Goit and 2 other Chiff-chaff, GSW drumming in Heatherlea Woods, Lesser Redpoll singing near cricket field, also saw Wren, Dunnock, Chaffinch, Nuthatch, Blackbird, Greenfinch, BH Gull, Canada Geese, Pheasant, Carrion Crows, Jackdaw, Stock Dove, Grey Wagtail, single Raven on the moors, Linnet, Magpie and Jay. Several Sklark, though not as many as I expected.
Thursday 18th. April 2013
On my way home from work, I Had look in the usual sites in Euxton & Eccleston for the Whimbrel, no signs unfortunately. But there was a single Curlew, a single Little Ringed Plover & a pair of Teal in the wet field off the A49 in Charnock Richard.
Tuesday 16th. April 2013
A pair of Curlew bathing and a single Little Ringed Plover feeding on the flooded field off the A49 in Charnock Richard.
Also had a look on Runshaw Lane, Euxton and around Eccleston for Whimbrel, but there was no sign.
Saturday 13th. April 2013
I was in two minds whether to go to White Coppice or Rivington this morning. I clearly made the wrong decision and went to Georges Lane. 
There were no Ring Ouzel, Wheatear or other migrants. I did see Meadow Pipits doing their aerial display, a single Pied Wagtail, Robin, Chaffinch, Carrion Crow and Lapwing. I also heard a Curlew. 
On Upper Rivington Reservoir were Cormorant and Mallard and a few BH Gulls. On Lower Rivington Reservoir only Mallard. However two Greylag Geese flew over.

Last night I visited Anglezarke Reservoir after Belmont. There was a single Redshank feeding at the north end several Mallard and 2 Oystercatcher flew over, at the south end there were 2 immature Mute Swans, several Mallard, a Song Thrush and I heard a Willow Warbler singing.

Friday 12th. April 2013
I had a look in at Belmont Reservoir last night on my way home from work. I could not make out any Med Gulls, there were no waders seen and I photographed what appears to be a dead Barn Owl in the reservoir.
Wednesday 10th. April 2013
I had a look around for Whimbrel on my way home. No sign of any on Runshaw Lane in Euxton or New Lane and Bannister Lane in Eccleston.

At the wet field near buy-a -bike on the A49 at Charnock Richard  there were 3 Mallard, a pair of Teal and a single Snipe.

On Gale Moss at Chorley there were only a single pair of Black Headed Gulls, a couple of Lapwing and a few Woodpigeon.
Sunday 7th. April 2013
Had a walk along the footpath between the Railway Station and Twin Lakes in Croston and on the footpath along the River Yarrow near the E shaped pond, birds seen/heard: Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Collared Dove, Woodpigeon, Lapwing, Reed Bunting, Yellowhammer, Goldfinch, Dunnock, Wren, Robin, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Starling, House Sparrow and singing Chiff-chaff. 13 Tufted Duck, 2 Canada Goose, Waterhen, Coot and 3 Cormorant on Twin Lakes. 1 Fieldfare & 2 Blackbird at confluence of Rivers Yarrow & Lostock, 2 Canada Geese on River Lostock

Saturday 6th. April 2013
We had a Small Tortoiseshell butterfly in the greenhouse on Thursday, and another was seen yesterday. I have just seen a Bumble Bee in my garden.
Early morning walk at White Coppice: Cold and frosty in the shade, few birds about and no sign of Summer Migrants.

Birds seen/heard included: Curlew, Mallard, Canada Geese, 2 Heron, Kestrel and 3 Stock Dove in quarry area on Stronstey Bank. Chaffinch, Blackbird, Dunnock, Wren, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Pheasant, Nuthatch heard, possible Lesser Spotted Woodpecker heard, several pairs of Linnet on the edge of the moor, Carrion Crow, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, 2 Reed Bunting singing, 2 Treecreeper.
Friday 5th. April 2013
No sign of any hirundines at either site, in fact Rakesbrook had no birds at all that I could see.

Belmont Reservoir had several pairs of Mallard and Canada Geese, 8 Teal, 2 Waterhen, 1 Coot, 2 Lesser Blackbacked and hundreds of Black Headed Gulls. I carefully looked amongst the BH Gulls for Med gulls, but could not spot any.

Sunday 1st.April 2013
Yarrow Valley Park, Chorley: Birds seen/heard;
Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Long Tailed Tit, Dunnock, Robin, Reed Bunting, Chaffinch, Nuthatch heard, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Coot, Waterhen, Black Headed Gull, Mallard, Mute Swan, 4 Great Crested Grebe, Wren, Canada Goose, Common Buzzard. No sign of Dipper, kingfisher, Gray Wagtail or any migrants.
Saturday 9th. February 2013
Had a walk along the Leeds Liverpool canal at Withnell Fold. Birds seen include Blue Tit, Great Tit, Robin, Dunnock, House Sparrow, Goldfinch, Nuthatch, Wren,  Song Thrush (singing}, Blackbird; Mallard and 2 pair of Teal in the flashes, 50+ Canada Geese in the fields to the east of the canal, Rook, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Magpie; with Moorhen & Mallard in the nature reserve and Kingfisher on the canal.
Thursday 7th February 2013
Made a short visit to Fairhaven Lake at Lytham-St. Annes before work, principally to photograph the female Long Tailed Duck that has been there for several months. Other birds seen included Herring Gulls, Common Gull, Black Headed Gull, over 100 Pintail feeding on the beach at Grannys Bay, several Curlew,  Redshank, Shelduck, large flock of Bar Tailed Godwit resting on the sands with a number of feeding Dunlin. There were Mallard, Mute Swan, Tufted Duck, Canada Goose and Pochard on the Lake, several skeins of Pink Footed Geese flew inland from the coast as I was driving back for a meeting in Preston.
For photos click on the slideshow below.

Fairhaven Lake, Lytham 7th. February 2013

Saturday 2nd. February 2013
Had a long walk, starting off from home (Great Knowley, Chorley) then on the paths around the former Great Knowley quarry, into the valley and along the bottom path through the woodland. Then across the field and down the track to Heapey, alongside Heapey No. 1 lodge ( water level dropped substantially to allow works on the outlet valves), alongside no. 2 lodge (3/4 frozen) and the along no 3 lodge (water level down slightly with large sandbank showing at east end) to White Coppice. From White Coppice I took the bridlepath on the south side of the Goit towards Anglezarke Reservoir. From Anglezarke reservoir I went up the hillside to the top of Healey Nab, then down the other side and alogside Witters Lodges. From there I took the gravel path and then the went up Blackburn Road to home.
Birds seen/heard included:
Great Knowley: Great Tit, Blue Tit, Robin, Dunnock, Blackbird, Jay, Carrion Crow, Magpie, Woodpigeon, 3 Robins in an altercation, 3 Nuthatch, 6 Long Tailed Tits.
Heapey Lodges: Mallard, Herring Gull, Black Headed Gull, Blue Tit , Great Tit, 4 Long Tailed Tits, 2 Nuthatch (at No 3 Lodge inlet end), Mallard & Canada Geese on N0. 4 lodge.
White Coppice to Anglezarke along the Goit: Several Robin, 2 Wren, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Jackdaw, Blackbird, 2 Raven (Stronstey Bank).
Anglezarke Reservoir: Feral Goose, Canada Geese, BH Gulls, Mallard, pair of Wigeon, male Pochard.
Healey Nab and Witters lodges: Blue Tit, Great Tit, Carrion Crow, Magpie, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, heard Goldcrest, 2 Mute Swan, BH Gull and Mallard on Top Lodge, 5 Coot and Mallard on Bottom lodge. Robin, Blackbird.
For photos click on the slideshow below.

Great Knowley to Anglezarke via White Coppice 2nd. Feb 2013

Monday 7th. May 2012
Another early morning visit to White Coppice. Birds seen/heard:
Carrion Crow, Magpie, Jay, Robin, Dunnock, Pheasant, Mallard, Curlew, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Blackbird, Wren, Goldcrest, Common Redstart, Meadow Pipit, Tree Pipit, Nuthatch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Treecreeper, Chaffinch, Linnet, Lesser Redpoll, Goldfinch, Cuckoo (one at Heatherlea Woods area and one near the back of Healey Nab), Black Headed Gull, Pied Wagtail, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Blackcap,Swallow and Sparrowhawk. No sight nor sound of the Wood Warbler or Grasshopper Warbler Crying or Very sad and no butterflies.
                                                                                                   Tree Pipit
                                                                                           Lesser Redpoll (m at lhs & 2 f)
Sunday 6th. May 2012
AM went for a walk down Burgh Lane and around Burgh Hall meadow (Chorley).  hoping to photograph Holly Blue and Orange Tipped White Butterflies - not a single one seen!
Birds seen/heard included: SongThrush, Blackbird, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Nuthatch, Carrion Crow, Magpie, Jay, Robin, Dunnock, Starling, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Whitethroat and Reed Bunting.
                 Whitethroat                                                                Reed Bunting                                             Willow Tree Flower
PM went for a short walk along the River Yarrow at Pincock, Euxton. Birds seen include: Magpie, Jay, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Blackbird, House Sparrow, Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Mallard, Starling, Blackbird, Goldfinch, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Whitethroat, Robin, Dunnock, House Martin, Swallow, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Treecreeper and Wren.
Flora includes: Red Campion, Garlic Mustard, Ramsons and Bluebells.
Butterflies include a single Orange Tipped White on the far bank of the river, Speckled Wood and Green Veined White.
                                                                                                      Green Veined White Butterfly
                                    Treecreeper                                                                     Jay                                                                                         Kestrel
The Barn Owl was seen over the former quarry area last night at 8:30pm and again tonight at 9:00pm.

I have been looking out for it on most (suitable) nights since the warm spell in March to no avail. We suspect that its nest site is some distance away, possibly its the bird seen on ocassions at Cabbage Hall fields and only ranges this far when it needs to catch more food to supply its growing young.
Saturday 5th. May 2012
Early morning walk at White Coppice (6:26am) to Heatherlea Woods and back. Birds seen heard included: Black headed Gull, Curlew, Cuckoo, Meadow Pipit, Tree Pipit, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Wheatear, Dunnock, Robin, Wren, Linnet, Lesser Redpoll, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Kestrel, Carrion Crow, Magpie, Jay, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Pheasant, Willow Warbler, Wood Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Pied Wagtail, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Stock Dove and Common Redstart.
                    Willow Warbler                                                                   Nuthatch                                                                   Robin (juvenile)
             Great Spotted Woodpecker                                                       Common Redstart (m)                                              Common Redstart  (m)
Friday 4th. May 2012 
I had a short visit to Fleetwood Marsh Nature Park, following a meeting in Thornton. Birds seen/heard included: Meadow Pipit, Skylark, Wheatear (about 4 m and 6 f ), Blackcap, Reed Bunting, Willow Warbler, Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, Mallard, Coot, Waterhen, Mute Swan, Tufted Duck, Herring Gull, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Great Black Backed Gull, Black Headed Gull. Blackbird, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Linnet, Carrion Crow, Magpie.
                             Wheatear (m)                                                           Wheatear (f)                                                      Wheatear (m)
Thursday 3rd. May 2012
A nice sunny day at last. Had a short walk on Stubbins Lane and along the Lancaster Canal during luchtime; Birds seen/heard included: Swallows, Swift, Pied Wagtail, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Dunnock, Mistle Thrush, Blackbird, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Wren, Mallard, Nuthatch, Rook, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Treecreeper. Butterflies seen include Peacock, Orange Tipped White, Green Veined White. Flora seen include: Greater Stitchwort, Bluebell, Red Campion, Cuckoo Flower. Insects seen included St. Marks Fly,
                     Wood Anemone                                                  Green Veined White Butterfly                                          Greater Stitchwort
                         Mistle Thrush                                                              Willow Warbler                                                            Mallard Duckling
                             Alderfly                                                                 St. Mark's Fly                                                                            ??????
                  Bluebell                                                                     King Alfreds Cakes                                                                     Red Campion
Great Knowley, Chorley Wednesday 2nd. May 2012
First fledgling seen in the garden this year is a House Sparrow.   
                                                                                      House Sparrow (m + fledgling)
Short walk at White Coppice in the evening. Birds seen/heard included: Blackbird, Mistle Thrush, Pied Wagtail, Mallard, Buzzard, Meadow Pipit, Linnet, Lesser Redpoll, Goldfinch, Dunnock, Wren, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff.
                                                          Linnet (m)                                                                       Moon rising over Stronstey Bank Quarry
White Coppice to Anglezarke Monday 30th. April 2012 
Evening walk between White Coppice and Anglezarke. Birds seen/heard include Pied Wagtail, Swallow, Linnet, Lesser Redpoll, Carrion Crow, Magpie, Buzzard, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Robin, Dunnock, Mallard, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Black Headed Gull, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Blackbird, pair of Common Sandpiper on Anglezarke Reservoir. Two Roe Deer seen.
                         Roe Deer (m)                                                                                Common Sandpiper                                                            Roe Deer (f)
White Coppice Saturday 28.04.12
Had an early start this morning to seek out the Ring ouzels. I found 2 in the quarry, but they were very flighty. As I came out of the quarry I surprised a Roebuck which bounded off up the moors. Also in the quarry were two Gray Wagtails, a male Wheatear and a pair of Linnets. From the quarry I went back down towards the cricket ground and then on the rough path towards Heatherlea Woods. There were numerous Willow Warblers singing along the Goit and the odd Chiffchaff. A number of Meadow Pipits and Linnet were seen, a pair of Mistle Thrush, the Tree Pipit was singing in its usual tree. As went towards Heatherlea Woods I heard a single Cuckoo and then as I got nearer I saw a pair of Cuckoo I also heard what I thought was a large dog barking until another Roe Deer came into view and disappeared into the wood.
Coming back along the Goit there were a number of Wren singing. At the cricket field there was a Meadow Pipit feeding and also briefly a Willow Warbler. Other birds seen/ heard included. Dipper, Pied Wagtail, Pheasant Collared Dove, Woodpigeon, Goldfinch, Mallard, Carrion Crow, Blackbird, Lesser Redpoll feeding on seeding dandelion next to the cricket pavillion. 8 + 1 Curlew flew over, a pair of Buzzards near Stronstey Bank were the only raptors seen. Sadly no sign of Redstart, Flycatcher or Stonechat. 
                             Linnet (f)                                                                     Ring Ouzel (m)                                                               Cuckoo
            Willow Warbler                                                                  Meadow Pipit                                                                     Pied Wagtail
                       Lesser Redpoll (f)                                                    Lesser Redpoll (f)                                                               Linnet (m)
Monday 23rd. April 2012
Afternoon visit to Marshside Nature Reserve at Southport, Birds seen/heard included: Mute Swan, Pink Footed Goose, Greylag Goose, Curlew, Mallard, Teal, Wigeon, Black Headed Gull, Herring Gull, Black Tailed Godwit, Avocet, Lapwing, Little Grebe, Goldfinch, Linnet, Greenfinch, Wren, Dunnock, Robin, Kestrel, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Coot, Waterhen, Common Redshank & Spotted Redshank Floraa includes White Bluebells and Borage.
                                                                     Black Tailed Godwit                                                                                                          Avocet
                                Avocet                                                                     Flocks of waders                                            David (Avocet) versus Goliath (Mute Swan)
                                                       Little Grebe                                                                                   Spotted Redshank being chased by 2 Common Redshank
Evening visit to New Lane Eccleston to look out for Whimbrel.
Yarrow Valley Park, Sunday 22nd. April 2012
Morning visit to YVP, Chorley in showery conditions. Birds seen/heard included: Canada Goose, Mallard, Mute Swan, Black headed Gull, Herring Gull, Common Tern, Great Crested Grebe, Coot, Moorhen, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Reed Bunting, Nuthach, Wren, Dunnock, Robin, Song Thrush, Blackbird,Blue Tit, Grat Tit, Long Tailed Tit, Coal Tit, Carrion Crow, Woodpigeon, Dipper & Grey Wagtail.
                                                                                         Great Crested Grebe & day old hatchling
                                                                                                      Dipper & juvenile Dippers
Great Knowley, Chorley Sunday 22nd. April 2012
I had an evening walk around the footpath network behind the former quarry. Birds seen/heard included Skylark, Sparrowhawk, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Jay, Magpie, CCarrion Crow, Rook, Bullfinch, Robin, Wren, Dunnock, Collared Dove, Woodpigeon. Single Roe Deer seen. 
                     Great Tit                                                                                      Roe Deer (f)                                                                       Great Tit
Great Knowley Saturday 21st. April 2012
5 Swallow over Chorley town centre and 2 at Great Knowley. 4 House Martin have just flown north over Great Knowley. One male Orange Tip Butterfly in our back garden this morning. 
Friday 20th. April 2012
Quick visit on my way home from work yesterday to Belmont Reservoir & north end of Anglezarke Reservoir.

Belmont: Thousands of BH Gulls, several LBB Gulls, Canada Geese, Moorhen, Mallard and a single Common Sandpiper flew over. Could not make out any Med Gulls though.

Anglezarke: A pair of Oystercatcher, a pair of Redshank, Mallard, a pair of feral Geese, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Robin, Wren, Nuthach, Carrion Crow and Blackbird. Curlew heard
Great Knowley 18th. April 2012
A single Fox seen over the former quarry, tonight and on occassions over the last few weeks. A single Roe Deer Buck has also been seen occassionally. 
                                                                                                                    Red Fox
Great Knowley 16th. April 2012
Meresands Wood and Marshside, Southport 10th. April 2012
Sunday 15th. April 2012
A single Swallow flew north over Great Knowley this morning. Also a pair of Sparrowhawk in high aerial display.
Single Swallow on overhead wires at Coppice Lane.
Sunday 8th. April 2012
Walked along the footpath network starting at Drinkhouse Lane, but did not cross the railway. Birds seen/heard included: Mallard, Canada Goose, Carrion Crow, Magpie, Collared Dove, large numbers of Woodpigeon 500+,Yellowhammer, Corn Bunting, Reed Bunting, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Siskin, Greenfinch, Linnet, Song Thrush, Blackbird, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long Tailed Tit, Treecreeper, Pheasant, Robin, Dunnock, Wren, Skylark, Lapwing, Curlew heard, Great Black Backed Gull, Herring Gull, Black headed Gull, Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler.
                      Yellowhammer (m)                                                    Yellowhammer (m)                                                       Yellowhammer (f)       
                 Treecreeper                                                                         Corn Bunting (m)                                                             Reed Bunting (m)
Saturday 7th. April 2012
Had a walk around the northern half of Anglezarke reservoir late afternoon. No sign of the LRP or CS seen earlier in the day by other members of Chorley Natural History Society. Birds seen /heard included: Nuthatch, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long Tailed Tit, Chaffinch, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker heard, Feral Goose, 2 Canada Geese, Mallard, 4 Teal, 3 Herring Gull, 2 Lesser Black Backed Gulls, Black Headed Gulls, Carrion Crow, Magpie, 2 Curlew, 6 Oystercatcher, Robin, Hedge Sparrow, Buzzard heard, Blackbird, Pheasant and 2 Redshank.
                            Redshank                                                            Redshank (pair)                                                                  Pheasant (m)
Friday 6th. April 2012
I saw my first Swallow for the year as it passed over my home at Great Knowley, Chorley.
Monday 2nd. April 2012
On my way to a meeting in Manchester I parked on Sheffield Street car park (close to Piccadilly Station) at lunchtime. As I walked from the car towards the street a Magpie disturbed a Sandpiper that presumeably was feeding on the new grassed bank alongside the new tram track.
Sunday 1st. April 2012
Walked from White Coppice to Heatherlea Woods at Brinscall along the tops of the moors, then back alongside the Goit.
Birds seen/heard included 2 Red Grouse, about a dozen Meadow Pipits, a pair of Raven, Goldcrests in the wood, Nuthach, Great Tit, Chaffinch, Robin, Wren, Dunnock, Blue Tit, Goldfinch, Grey Wagtail, Kestrel, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler heard singing for the first time this year, Reed Bunting, a pair of Song Thrush, Blackbirds. Also 3 Roe Deer seen and a number of Rabbits.
                       Great Tit                                                                    Roe Deer (m)                                                        Chaffinch (m)
Sunday 1st. April 2012
Had a short walk around the area and top half of Burgh Meadow. Plenty Cuckoo Flower and Cowslips around the pond, Marsh Marigolds in the pond and loads of tadpoles/eggs.
Birds seen/heard include Chiffchaff, Robin, Dunnock, Jay, Woodpigeon, Reed Bunting, Nuthach, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Blackcap singing at top of Burgh Lane.
                 Blackcap (m)                                                            Chiffchaff (m)                                                      Cuckoo Flower & Bee Fly
Wednesday 28th. March 2012
Went for a walk at White Coppice in the evening. Birds seen/heard included: Nuthach, Pied Wagtail, Greenfinch, Pheasant, Carrion Crow, Chiffchaff, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Robin, Wren, Blue Tit, Coal Tit, Great Tit, singing Linnet, a flock of 20-30 finches which came into the trees near the Goit to roost, which I could not recognise in the gloom and a possible female Ring Ouzel, which appeared and quickly disappeared. Green Woodpecker heard.
                     Linnet (m)                                                               Possible Ring Ouzel (f)                                                      Pheasant (f)
Tuesday 27th. March & Wednesday 28th. March 2012
The pair of Buzzards near Stubbins Lane at Claughton-on-Brock were very active with display flights on several occasions.
                                                                                                         Common Buzzard
Saturday 24th. March 2012
Took 2 of the grandchildren to Astley Park, Chorley. There were several Small Tortoishell  and a single Small White Butterflies around. Birds seen included: Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long Tailed Tit, House Sparrow, Hedge Sparrow, Robin, Blackbird, Magpie, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Coot, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Mallard, Canada Geese, 2 Little Grebe, Woodpigeon.
                            Moorhen                                                                             Astley Hall                                                                      Little Grebe
Thursday 22nd. March 2012
Went to Condor Green at lunchtime, on the River Condor were 2 Spotted Redshank, Redshank, a single Greenshank, Oystercatcher, Teal & Wigeon. On Condor Pool were Tufted Duck, Wigeon, Mute Swan, Canada Geese, Oystercatcher, Mallard, Goosander, Redshank and a single male Scaup. A Little Egret flew over.
                     Spotted Redshank                                                                Oystercatcher                                                                  Scaup (m)
Sunday 18th. March 2012
Parked up the car near Brookside cottages, then walked along heapey no. 3 lodge then southwest along the public footpath to Higher House Lane, South down Higher House Lane to Hollin Lane, back towards Brookside Cottages then along Coppice lane to White Coppice and a circuit around the cricket field.
Birds seen/heard included two pairs of Goldeneye on No. 3 lodge, Moorhen, Rook, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Magpie, Blackbird, Song Thrush & Mistle Thrush heard, small mixed flock of 10 to 15 Redwing & Fieldfare, Blue Tits nest building, two Wrens, Lesser Redpoll heard singing near No 3 Lodge and again near the Goit, Nuthach,Robin, heard Goldfinch singing, Great Spotted Woodpecker heard drumming midway between Brookside Cottages & No. 6 lodge, Greenfinch, Coal Tit, Great Tit, Long Tailed Tit, 2 Reed Bunting on former no 8 lodge, Mallard, Kestrel, Skylark. Lesser Spotted Woodpecker drumming & calling between Hollin Lane and Heapey No 3 lodge.
                         Goldeneye (m)                                                                     Blue Tit                                                              Goldeneye (f)
Friday 16th. March 2012
Went for a trip at lunchtime to Piling Lane Ends Amenity area. Birds seen included two  Eurasian White Fronted Geese, Greylag Geese, Shelduck, Mallard, Canada Geese, a pair of Goldeneye, Robin, Chaffinch, Blackbird, Song Thrush heard, Dunnock, Pied Wagtail, Lapwing and Woodpigeon. Two Goldcrest heard calling. And plenty of wild chickens.
         Eurasian White Fronted Goose                                                        'Wild'  Chicken                                                              Goldeneye (f & M)      
Sunday 11th. March 2012
I went for a walk down to Adlington Reservoir this morning, parking up at the lay-by on Wigan Lane opposite Bradley Lane and walking down the public footpath to the reservoir. I then followed the path that separates the reservoir from the nature reserve and followed the path part way towards Arley Wood and then back.
Birds seen included 2 Treecreeper, Blue Tit, Long Tailed Tit, Coot, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Mandarin Duck, Rook, Magpie, Heron, Chaffinch, Nuthach, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker heard, It appeared to be associated with a mixed group of Blue & Long Tailed Tits and was travelling along the wooded stream towards Arley Wood. Sparrowhawk seen flying above the nature reserve.
GSW heard drumming.
On the fields next to the lay-by there were several flocks of passerines including Chaffinch, Linnet and Yellowhammer.
Also seen on the Adlington side of the reservoir were three Hares. 
                                  Hare                                                                Nuthach                                                                        Rook
Wednesday 7th. March 2012
Lunchtime  trip from Garstang to Pilling Lane Ends. Birds seen included large flock of Greylag Geese at Copthorne Fishery entrance. Greylag Geese at Pilling Lane Ends amenity area, flock of Pink Footed Geese flying over, Robin, Blackbird, Blue Tit, Dunnock, Chaffinch and a flock of wild chickens at the amenity area.       
                       Greylag Goose                                                                           Robin                                                                   Greylag Goose
                                                                                'Wild' Chickens
Sunday 4th. March 2012
Went for a walk around Yarrow Valley Park at Birkacre, Chorley. Birds seen included, Black Headed Gull, Mallard, Coot, Moorhen, Canada Goose, Mute Swan, pair of Great Crested Grebe nest building, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Chaffinch, Reed Bunting, Robin, Dunnock, Nuthach, pair of Buzzard directly above the weir, Dipper collecting nesting material, pair of Grey Wagtail, Collared Dove, Woodpigeon, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Kingfisher at top end of Top Lodge, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Redwing and a very vocal Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, heard first at north east side of Big Lodge and then again as it worked its way down the west side of Big Lodge and then along the woods at the west side of the River Yarrow southwards towards the weir (Unfortunately it never came close enough for me to see). Its typical pattern would be move move to one location, utter its call note three or four times and then move quickly on to the next spot where it would repeat the performance.
                      Great Crested Grebe                                                                                           Dipper
Sunday 26th. February 2012
In the morning I visited Croston Moss, and had a walk along the River Douglas, between Great Hanging Bridge and Rufford, and back along the Croston Bank/Shepherds Lane.

Birds see/heard include Oystercatcher (there were 8 on the Rufford bank on the way down and 16 on the way back)
A single Redshank was associating with the 8 Oystercatchers.
2 Shelduck, 2 Mallard, several singing Yellowhammer, I noted 2 on the Rufford side and 4 on the Croston side. A small flock of about 6 linnet were on the banks of the Douglas. A flock of 8 Corn Bunting flew over. A pair of Curlew were on the Croston side.

Other birds seen included Carrion Crow, Rook, Jackdaw, Long Tailed Tit, Blue Tit, Pied Wagtail, pair of Mistle Thrush, Wren, Dunnock, Blackbird. Several singing Skylark. 3 Meadow Pipits, 2 Stock Doves,  Lapwing and a sighting of a possible Hen Harrier (flying away from me across the railway, but I cant think of another bird with such a large wingspan and steady flight)(I cant give myself a tick for this unless I hear of another sighting - confirmed later the following week when a frmale Hen Harrier was seen in the same area ).
Friday 24th. February 2012
Following on from Fleetwood I went to Meresands Wood, near Rufford to see if the Bittern was still about, it was. I also saw Goosander, Great Crested Grebe, Shoveller, Mallard, Coot, Teal, Mute Swan, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Robin, Waterhen, Dunnock, Jay, Magpie, Chaffinch and Goldfinch.
                       Goosander (f)                                                          Bittern                                                             Teal (f)
Friday 24th. February 2012
After Fleetwood I went to Blackpool to try to find a Purple Sandpiper that had been seen near the Go-cart track, there was a high tide and the sea wall next to the track was full of Turnstone, Redshank and a few gulls. I spotted the bird, but unfortunately it did not pose very well and kept its back to me.
                    Purple Sandpiper                                               Blackpool Tower                                                    Redshank
Friday 24th. February 2012
Went to Fleetwood Marsh Nature Reserve to view the Ring Necked Duck that had been reported there. Also saw Pochard, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Coot, Herring Gull, Great  Black Backed Gull and Lesser Black Backed Gull.There were Skylark singing and a Kestrel hunting over the waste tip. I then went to Fleetwood Marine Lake, but very little to be seen, except Black Headed Gull, Turnstone and Starling
                  Black Headed Gull                                                                             Ring Necked Duck (m)
Sunday 19th. February 2012
In the morning I walked from the Lock & Quay PH at Botany, Chorley through Lower Healey, up Healey Nab into the wood and then back on the south side of Lower Healey Lodge. Not much bird life about, but the following were seen: numerous Chaffinch with many singing males, Dunnock, Goldfinch, singing Greenfinch, Song Thrush eating Ivy berries, Blackbird, Robin, Wren, Carrion Crow, Jackdaws, Raven flew over, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Mute Swan, Coot, Waterhen, Long Tailed Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit and Kestrel.
Saturday 18th. February 2012
Had a walk through the woods at Great Knowley birds seen include Skylark, Carrion Crow, Blue Tit, Robin, Woodpigeon, Goldfinch, Wren, Dunnock, Magpie and Collared Doves. Mammals seen included rabbits and a single Roe Deer. There was a large dollop of frog's spawn in one of the shallow pools. Plenty of Scarlet Elf's Cup Fungus and a single Yellow Brain Fungus.
                        Frog's Spawn                                                     Yellow Brain Fungus                                       Scarlet Elf's Cup Fungus
Friday 10th. February 2012
After a work meeting in Fleetwood I called into Cleveleys to look at the foreshore and walked along the promenade as far as Rossall School. There was a group of Herring Gull, Black Headed Gulls and Starling feeding on bread on the prom, when the gulls moved off a group of Turnstone and a single 1st year Pied Wagtail moved in. The Starlings were looking resplendent in their winter plumage.
Further along the beach there was a small flock of Oystercatcher with half a dozen Curlew. Farther on there were two Carrion Crows. They picked mussels off the beach, flew high in the air and dropped them on the sea wall. They then were able to eat them.
                         Starling                                                                   Oystercatcher                                                   Carrion Crow
Sunday 5th. February 2012
Had a walk around Yarrow Valley Park this morning, the Top Lodge & Small Lodges were frozen over, the Big Lodge had two areas of free water in which the Swans, Geese & Ducks were congregating.
Birds seen included: Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Moorhen, Coot, Mallard, Pochard (f), Black Headed Gull, 1st Winter Common Gull (or could it be Herring Gull? - slight pinkiness about its upper beak - but hard to see in the misty conditions). Blackbird, Song Thrush, Woodpigeon, Grey Wagtail, Chaffinch, Reed Bunting, Dunnock, Robin, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long Tailed Tit, Nuthach.
Also whilst walking back on the southside of Big Lodge I heard a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker calling several times from the Burgh Lane side of the lodge. A surprisingly strong call for such a small bird. However by the time I got round to that side of the lodge there was no sight (nor sound) of it.
                       Pochard (f)                                   B.Headed Gulls & Herring Gull? (1st. Winter)                 Mute Swan (immature f)
Saturday 4th. February 2012
A fox was visible from my house over the former quarry just after lunch. We saw it successfully catch and eat a small rodent.
                                                                                                    European Red Fox
Monday 30th. January 2012
At lunch time on my way to Ulverston, I called at Pilling Lane Ends and Glasson Dock on the way through Preesall I saw a field with a mixed flock of Golden Plover & Lapwing, a grey Partridge and a Tree Sparrow. Birds seen included: Chaffinch, Blackbird and Blue Tit on the car park, flocks of Pink Footed Geese in the fields and foreshore. Little Egret and Shelduck on the foreshore. There was a mixed flock of waders in the field just north of the car park, it included Curlew, Redshank, Lapwing and a single Green Sandpiper. At Conder Green there were Redshank and Teal on the river banks, Mallard Tufted Duck and Little Grebe on the lake. At Glasson Dock, there were Mallard Tufted Duck and a single Red Breasted Merganser in the canal basin.
                         Blackbird                                                             Blue Tit                                                    Pink Footed Geese
                      Curlew & Lapwing                                             Curlew & Lapwing                                            Red Breasted Merganser (m)
Saturday 28th. January 2012
RSPB big birdwatch weekend. Monitored birds in my garden, counted the following: 11 House Sparrow, 4 Hedge Sparrow, 4 Goldfinch, 3 Collared Dove, 2 Robin, 2 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 2 Starling, 2 Blackbird, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Carrion Crow, 1 Magpie, 2 Woodpigeon, 1 Greenfinch, 1 (f) Chaffinch.
                 Greenfinch                                                         House Sparrow (f)                                                       Goldfinch
Sunday 22nd. January 2012 
Went to Mawdesley Moss to see the Short Eared Owls 15:15 to 16:00. As previously reported they were mainly on the Rufford side of the River Douglas, but with occasional forays onto the Mawdesley side. Two owls were seen. Other birds included large flocks of Pink Footed Geese, coming from a ESE direction, a flock of 22 Fieldfare on the Mawdesley side of the Douglas, Kestrel, Grey Wagtail, Song Thrush, Robin and a very large flock of corvids heading towards the moss to roost.
                                                                                                     Short Eared Owl
Sunday 15th. January 2012
Had a trip to Yarrow Valley Park, Chorley. Birds seen include Cormorant, Black Headed Gull, Mute Swan. Canada Goose, Mallard, Moorhen, Coot, Chaffinch, Reed Bunting, Nuthach, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long Tailed Tit, Blackbird.
                       Reed Bunting (m)                                                            Cormorant                                                Reed Bunting (1 m & 2 f) & Chaffinch (f)
 Saturday 14th. January 2012
At home today, garden birds seen include Greenfinch, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Blackbird, House Sparrow and Collared Dove, Carrion Crow & Robin.
                    Carrion Crow                                                                      Robin                                                               Collared Dove

Thursday 12th. January 2012
Went to Fleetwood and Knott End. Birds seen include Pied Wagtail, Black Redstart, Turnstone, Redshank, Oystercatcher, Great Black Backed Gull and Knot at Knott End and Turnstone, Mute Swan, Mallard and Red Breasted Merganser at Fleetwood Marine Lake West.
            Red Breasted Merganser                                                 Black Redstart                                                        Knot
Monday 2nd. January 2012
Had a walk around Yarrow Valley Country Park, Chorley. Birds seen included Nuthach, Chaffinch, Reed Bunting, Robin, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Coal Tit, Long Tailed Tit,  Dunnock, Mute Swan, Black Headed Gull, Blackbird, Magpie, Mallard, Coot, Waterhen, Canada Geese and Tufted Duck.
                         Great Tit                                                             Hart's Tongue Fern                                                     River Yarrow Weir
Sunday 1st. January 2012
Spotted a flock of 20-25 Twite flying over the A49 in the vicinity of the Bowling Green PH at Charnock Richard.There was a Pied Wagtail also feeding on the PH roof.
24th. December 2011
Whilst visiting Chorley cemetery I spotted Oyster fungus on a Norway Maple Tree. Also seen were 17 Magpies and approximately 60 Woodpigeon.
                                                                                                           Oyster Mushroom
Sunday 18th. December 2011
Had a walk around Yarrow Valley Country  Park, Chorley. Birds seen included Nuthach, Chaffinch, Reed Bunting, Great Tit, Blue Tit,Coal Tit, Dunnock, Mute Swan, Black Headed Gull, Blackbird, Jay, Magpie, Rook, Jackdaw, Mallard, Coot, Waterhen, Canada Geese (flying over) and Robin.
                               Robin                                                                                                           Blackbird (f & m)
Sunday 11th. December 2011
Following reports on the Manchester Birding website of a Snow Bunting being present for over a week, I went for a walk up Winter Hill from the end of the public section of Mast Road, to the transmission station at the top of the hill. Sure enough despite the whole hillside being shrouded in low cloud the male Snow Bunting was presenrt very close to the station building. It was feeding initially on the seeds scattered by bird club members before moving off a short way. Also seen/heard were two Red Grouse as they took flight when disturbed by a car. Unfortunately the misty conditions were not conducive to seeing the Short EAred Owls that had also been reported in the vicinity.
                  Snow Bunting (m)                                    Transmission Mast, Winter Hill                                    Snow Bunting (m)
The female Blackcap returned again this morning. Also seen was a Sparrowhawk on three occassions.
Saturday 10th. December 2011
There was a female Blackcap on the feeders this morning and again in the afternoon.
Saturday 3rd. December 2011
There was a greenfinch present on the garden feeders for much of the day, first one for months.
Sunday 27th. November 2011
I had a walk around Pennington Flash, near Leigh. Birds seen on this very windy day included, Magpie, Mallard, Canada Goose, BH Gull, Herring Gull, Mute Swan, Coot, Waterhen, Teal, Wigeon, Gadwall, Shoveller, large numbers of Tufted Duck, Goldeneye, Great Crested Grebe, Grey Heron, Cormorant, Blackbird, Woodpigeon, Sparrowhawk, Reed Bunting, Bullfinch (f), Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Wren, Dunnock, Robin, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long Tailed Tit and my first ever Willow Tit.
                              Magpie                                                                   Willow Tit                                              Goldeneye & Tufted Duck
Sunday 21st. November 2011
AM, brief visit to Withnell Fold Nature Reserve.Very few sightings, these included a single Roe Deer, 2 Wrens, 8 Mallard, 2 Blue Tits, 1 Nuthach, a Blackbird, a Waterhen, 2 Woodpigeon, heard a Jay and a Great Tit. 2 Jackdaws on the mill Chimney.
                                                                                                              Roe Deer

AM, walk around Heapey Reservoirs, birds seen included, Coot, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Feral Goose, Feral Duck, Redwing, Blackbird, Fieldfare, Jay, Carrion Crow, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, House Sparrow, Black Headed Gull. Grey Squirrel.
Saturday 20th November 2011
Early morning visit to Marshside Nature Reserve at Southport. Walked along the coast road first to view birds on Crossens Outer Marsh. Birds seen include, Wigeon, Teal, Mallard, Lapwing, Oystercatcher, Pink Footed Goose, Starling, Blackbird, Redwing, Great Black Backed Gull, Herring Gull, Black Headed Gull and a very brief glimpse of a distant Marsh Harrier. At Marshside itself there were also Little Grebe, a group of 17 Curlew, Grey-lag Geese including a leucistic bird, Shoveller, Pintail, Mute Swan, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Robin, Wren, Dunnock, Goldfinch, Heron, Little Egret, Kestrel, Greenfinch and Black Tailed Godwit.
                    Pink Footed Goose                                                              Little Egret                                                         Curlew
Friday 19th. November 2011
Lunchtime visit to Beacon Fell Country Park. Not many birds about, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Chaffinch, Blackbird, Goldfinch and Goldcrest.
           View east towards Yorkshire                                        Trig point at top of Beacon Fell                                          Visitor Centre
Wednesday 17th. November 2011
PM, circular tour from work (Garstang) to Glasson Dock via Conder Green to Pilling and finished up in Knott End.
At Conder Green, 2 Little Grebe on pool, Wigeon, Mallard, Redshank and Curlew in River Condor.
At Glasson Dock, Mallard, Coot, Waterhen, Mute Swan, Tufted Duck, Goldeneye and Great Crested Grebe on Canal basin with BH Gulls and Herring Gull. Pied Wagtail, Blackbird & Starlings in car park. Lapwing, Oystercatcher and Redshank in River Lunes
             Canal Basin, Glasson Dock                                              Pied Wagtail                                                 River Lune Estuary, Glasson Dock
At Blacksands Lane Pilling, there was a very large flock of several hundred Pink Footed Geese coming into land in the nearby fields. On Fluke Hall Lane by the car park there was an obliging Kestrel hunting over the estuary and then returning to the trees to pose for photographs.
                                                                                                            Kestrel (f)
At Knott End there were several Turnstone feeding on the car park and slipways, a large flock of Oystercatcher resting on the beach, with a number of feeding Redshank in front of them and a Pied Wagtail.
                          Turnstone                                                     Oystercatchers & Redshank                                            Pied Wagtail
                                                                                  Sunset over Fleetwood, from Knott End
Sunday 13th. November 2011
AM - Worthington Lakes - Adlington Reservoir: 2 pairs of Mandarin Duck, 8 Mallard, 2 Coot, 1 Great Crested Grebe, BH Gulls overhead, Coal Tit and heard Nuthach.
On the rest of the Lakes (GMC area), plenty of Mallard including some hybrids that were smaller than the normal mallard much paler in colour and had a very different call note, Coot, Waterhen, single Cormorant approx 30 Canada Geese, lots of BH Gulls, Small flock of mixed birds including Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long Tailed Tit and a single Goldcrest, Blackbird, Carrion Crow, Magpie, Jay, Rook, Jackdaw and several Grey Squirrel.
        Mandarin Duck, Adlington Reservoir                                               Hybrid Mallard? Worthington Reservoir
PM - Whittle - Moss Lane along Old Canal length: Blackbird, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Flock of Rooks, Jackdaws, Magpie, Mallard, Waterhen, House Sparrows, Robin, BH Gulls and Rabbits. No Redwing or Fieldfare.
                   Black Headed Gull                                                                                                       Rabbits
PM - Heapey - from car park at No. 1 reservoir along Higher House Lane, across footpath to Heapey No. 3 reservoir and back to car park: Rabbit and Roe Deer in fields adjacent H.H.Lane, 2 Raven, Carrion Crow, Rook, Jackdaw, Magpie, Jay, Blackbird, Robin, Wren, House Sparrow, Mallard, Coot and 10 Tufted Duck (7m inc 1 immature, 3f) & 2 White Ducks on No. 3 reservoir; Feral Geese, Mallard, Coot & Waterhen on No. 2 reservoir; coot & Mallard on No. 1 reservoir, a single Fielfare seen near No. 1 reservoir.
                           White Coppice                                                                            Tufted Duck Heapey No. 3 Reservoir

Friday 11th. November 2011
Went in search of the Crossbills on Horwich Moors. First along Georges Lane to Wilderswood - no signs (low cloud with strong wind from SE). I then went along Matchmoor Lane, parked up near to Newfields Farm and walked along the footpaths to Walker Fold Wood. Again no sign nor sound of the Crossbills. In fact very few birds in evidence. Birds seen included: a pair of Kestrels, Raven, Carrion Crow, Magpie, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Chaffinch, Woodpigeon. On the way back down Matchmoor Lane I caught a glimpse of a possible Ring Ouzel, unfortunately it moved on before I could see it properly.
Sunday 6th. November 2011
Heapey reservoirs area and along Higher Fold Lane. Leucistic crow seen again (approx same time as this last year and in same place) near Heapey No. 3. Mallard & 1 Tufted Duck on No. 3 reservoir, Tree Sparrow, Goldfinch, Blackbird, Sparrowhawk, Waterhen, Coot, Great Crested Grebe, Wren, Robin, Jay, Magpie, Pied Wagtail at Mouldy House Farm. Redwing and Blackbird in holly bushes on Higher House Lane, House Sparrow and Greenfinch in Hawthorn bush adjacent.
                  Leucistic Carrion Crow                                                 Pied Wagtail                                                     Greenfinch
Saturday 5th. November 2011
am Kestrel hunting over former quarry at Great Knowley. 
                                                                                                         Kestrel (f)
pm Went for a walk in Wilderswood off Georges Lane at Horwich hoping to see Crossbills, but no luck. Birds seen include Magpie, Carrion Crow, Blackbird, Redwing, Fieldfare, Jay, Goldfinch, Robin, Chaffinch, Blue Tit, Long Tailed Tit and Wren. 
Sunday 30th. October 2011
Walked from Blackburn Brow to Froom Street (Chorley) and back.
Birds seen include: Rook, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Magpie, Jay, BH Gull, Herring Gull; Feral Goose, 2 adult & 3 juvenile Mute Swans and Moorhen on bottom Lodge, Mallard & Coot on both lodges.
Blackbird, single Redwing feeding on hawthorn berries, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long Tailed Tit, Robin, Wren, Dunnock, Nuthach, Chaffinch, 3 Bullfinch, Goldfinch and Pied Wagtail. Grey Squirrel.

Flock of 50 or so Fieldfare seen passing over Stump lane area of Chorley, from E to W about 10:15hrs.
                        Brown Cow                                                            Nuthach                                                              Grey Squirrel
Had a walk through the woods at the back of the former quarry. Birds seen/heard include. Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Magpie, Jay, Black Headed Gull, Kestrel, Blackbird, 3 Redwing, single Fieldfare, Robin, Wren, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long Tailed Tit, Coal Tit, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Bullfinch, Starling. Rabbits; "wild" rose and Gorse flowering. Holly trees have lots of berries this year.
                         "Wild" Rose                                                    Rabbit on sentry duty                                                        Gorse
Saturday 29th. October 2011
Beautiful sunrise this morning, leading to a wet day later on.
                                                                                     Sunrise over West Pennine Moors
Friday 28th. October 2011
Went to Marshside Naure Reserve at Southport. Plenty of ducks on the salt marsh and reportedly up to 6 Marsh Harrier. I wasn't lucky enough to see any of them though. Whooper Swans and several Little Egrets seen at distance on the salt marsh and several flocks of Pink Footed Geese with more joining all the time. On the nature reserve were several flocks of Pink Foots, Canada Geese, Mallard, Teal, Wigeon, Shoveller, Pintail and the odd Snipe, Curlew and Lapwing. Flocks of Starling flew over there were also several Skylark about.
                                                                    Pintail (m)                                                                                                 Teal (m)
Sunday 23rd. October 2011
Great Knowley 23.10.11 - mixed flock of 30ish Redwing & Fieldfare flew S to N across the estate at 14:05.
A further visit to Yarrow Valley Park. No sign of Water Rail or Snipe again. Birds seen included BH Gull, Coot, Magpie, Waterhen, Mallard, 5 Mute Swan, Blue, Great & Coal Tits, Nuthach, Chaffinch, Robin Dunnock, Blackbird.
                                                                    Chaffinch (f)                                                    Nuthach on new bird tables behind new viewing screen
In the afternoon I went to Wilderswood off Georges Lane Horwich in search of the Crossbills that had been seen there regularly by members of the Manchester Birding Society during their vismig counts. Unfortunately there was no sign of any (possibly due to the strong southerly winds). I did see a male Kestrel hunting in the areas of cleared woodland at the north end of the wood.
                   Kestrel (m)                                                      View of Rivington Pike from Wilderswood                                                Kestrel (m)
I then went for a walk at the north end of Anglezarke Reservoir, there were several flocks of Mallard on the water together with a male Pochard, two feral geese on the bank, a large flock of mixed Tits including several Treecreepers on the east bank together with some chaffinches. As I headed home I noted a flock of 30 or so Fieldfare and Redwing flying towards Healey Nab.
                                                                                                         Pochard (m)
Saturday 22nd. October 2011
Great Knowley  - Red Admiral Butterfly in back garden, flock of 12 Redwing flew W to E across former quarry at 13:00hrs.
Went to Yarrow Valley Park in search of the Water Rail again. No sign of Water Rail or the Snipe that had been reported on top lodge. Birds seen included BH Gull, Coot, Magpie, Waterhen, Mallard, 5 Mute Swan, Common Buzzard, Blue, Great & Coal Tits, Nuthach, Chaffinch.
                     Black Headed Gull                                                        Common Buzzard                                                               Mute Swan (f)         
Friday 21st. October 2011
Great Knowley - Tawny Owl in my front garden at dusk then flew over the house. 
Following a report on the Fylde Bird Club website I went to Fleetwood Marine Lake to look for a male Red Breasted Merganser. There was no sign of it however there were only Mallard on the lake. On the bank next to the boating lake there was a group of Turnstone and a mixed flock of gulls including juvenile Lesser Black Backed Gulls, Herring Gulls and Black Headed Gulls. There was also a small flock of Starling. I also noted two Chaffinch fly in and drink from a pool of rainwater (possible migrants). On the beach there were plenty of Oystercatcher feeding.
I also visited Fleetwood Marsh Nature Park. Here I saw Coot, Moorhen, Mallard, Tufted Duck (1m & 5f), Magpie, Kestrel, Great and  Lesser Black Backed Gulls, Herring Gulls and Black Headed Gulls, Carrion Crows, Goldfinch and a Pied Wagtail.
                        Turnstone                                                      Lesser Black Backed Gull (juvenile)                Mixed group of Gulls bathing at Fleetwood Marsh Nature Park
I also visited the foreshore near Rossall Point, there were Black Headed Gulls, Herring Gulls, Common Gulls and Starling. Whilst I was there two separate groups of 4 Linnet flew along the beach from the north and rested up in some flotsam near the sea wall.
       Black Headed Gull (winter plumage)                                     Common Gull (juvenile)                                                Linnet (winter plumage)
Sunday 16th. October 2011
Visited Yarrow Valley Park during the morning. There were 5 Snipe on top lodge (but no sign of Water Rail).
Plenty of activity from the smaller birds with parties of LTT, GT, BT and CT.
4 Song Thrushes feeding on elderberries. Wren, Robin; Nuthach seem to be everywhere. Jay, Carrion Crow, Magpie, Blackbird, Chaffinch, Treecreeper Dunnock, BH Gull, Moorhen, Coot, Mallard, 5 Mute Swan, Great Spotted Woodpecker and a single Fieldfare in trees next to the car park. The bailliff showed me the location of some Collared Earthstars, but most had completed spore ejection and were past their best.
                              Snipe                                                                          Collared Earthstars, before and after ejection of spores
Saturday 15th. October 2011
At Great Knowley, Chorley - One Redwing at lunchtime flew over from N to S; shortly after 5 flew over from SW to NE. Approx 12 flew over near dusk from W to E.
2 Swallows flew over from N to S.
During the morning there were several small flocks of finches flying over including Chaffinch and Goldfinch.
Three Skylark over the former quarry this morning.
One Red Admiral in the garden this morning.

At Yarrow Valley Park  this morning (10:00 ish), there was a single Red Admiral.
Birds seen include, Moorhen, Coot, Mallard, Black Headed Gull, 5 Mute Swan, Nuthach, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Coal Tit, Blackbird, Hedge Sparrow, Robin, Chaffinch, Pied Wagtail. Heard Jay.
No sign of Water Rail or Snipe.
                                                                                                   Fungus on old tree stump
During the afternoon I visited Marshside Nature Reserve at Southport. Birds seen included, Skylark, unknown pipit species, Kestrel, Goldfinch, Dunnock, Robin, Blue Great & Long Tailed Tits, Lapwing, Pink Footed Goose, Mallard, Teal, Wigeon, Shoveller, Mute Swan, Bar Tailed Godwit, Black Headed Gull, Herring Gull, Lesser Black Backed Gull.
                    Pink Footed Geese                                                           Wigeon                                                                    Kestrel
                 Unknown Pipit Species                                                    Teal (m)                                                   Black Tailed Godwits & Lapwing
Following the visit to Marshside I visited Meresands Wood Nature Reserve at Holmeswood. Birds seen included Moorhen, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Chaffinch, Bullfinch, Nuthach, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Tree Sparrow, Goldfinch, Mallard, Coot, Black Headed Gull . Mammals seen included a family of Brown rats trying in vain to get onto the bird feeders. Funghi seen include several species of Bracket Fungus, Giant Puffball, Oyster Mushrooms and several as yet species that I could not identify.
                       Moorhen                                                                         Tree Sparrow                                                              Nuthach
                  Giant Puffball                                                              Oyster Mushroom                                                                 funghi
Friday 14th. October 2011
Had a visit to Fleetwood Marsh Nature Reserve, birds seen included Herring Gull, Blackheaded Gull, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Carrion Crow, Magpie, Kestrel, Coot, Moorhen, Mallard and Tufted Duck.
                Tufted Duck (f)                                                                    Carrion Crow                                                          Tufted Duck (m)
I followed this up with a visit to Fairhaven Lake, Lytham. Birds seen include a single swallow heading south, Mallard, Canada Geese, Black Headed Gull, Moorhen, Coot, Mute Swan, Song Thrush, Robin, Blackbird and Slavonian Grebe.
                 Slavonian Grebe                                                                        Mute Swan (m)                                                             Slavonian Grebe
Sunday 2nd. October 2011
2 medium sized flocks of Meadow Pipit this morning of around 20-30 birds in each group passing over Great Knowley and small groups of passerines. Single House Martin flew over at 13:30.
Had a brief walk at White Coppice, on the way there saw a Kestrel and a single Swallow. Very quiet at White Coppice birds seen include, Blue Tit, Coal Tit, plenty of Robins, 6 Siskin flew over, a group of Jays were raiding acorns from an oak tree along the Goit, Starling, Chaffinch, Carrion Crow.
Saturday 1st. October 2011
Today there were also a few groups including a pair of Bullfinches and possibly a flock of Siskin also passing north to south over the estate and a single Swallow. Butterflys include Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma and again what appeared to be a single Small Copper.
                                                                                                                Hover Fly (Eristalix pertenax) 
I made my first 'nature' walk at Yarrow Valley Park. Unfortunately very little of note was seen. No sign of Water Rail or Snipe on the top lodge and no birdlife at all at the weir.
Birds seen/heard include Robin, Nuthach. Blue, Great & LT Tits, 2 adult Mute Swan and 2 immature on big lodge, with 8 Coot, 47 BH gulls, a waterhen, 2 Great Crested Grebe and numerous Mallard. Heron on Top Lodge and several noisy Jays. Only a single Speckled Wood butterfly.
      Waterfall, Yarrow Valley Park, Chorley                                                                Heron                                                      Black Headed Gull (winter plumage)
Friday 30th. September 2011
At Great Knowley there was a party of 18 Long Tailed Tits that briefly came into the back garden as they worked their way along the boundary between the former quarry and the housing estate. There were also a slow trickle of migrating passerines from north to south including a party of 8 or so Chaffinch.

I saw a single House Martin in Coppull yesterday and a group of 3 Goldfinch.

Managed to drive the car at last today for the first time since I ruptured my achilles tendon in July.
Tuesday 27th. September 2011
Only a single Swallow seen this morning passing over my house. There was an adult Pied Wagtail followed by a party of 5 possible Grey Wagtails that followed shortly after. Small flock of Meadow Pipits over the former Great Knowley Quarry.
Butterflies in the Garden today included Red Admiral, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Large White, Small Copper (flew over) and a Comma.
Birds seen include, House Sparrow, Hedge Sparrow, Chaffinch, Robin, Magpie, Starling, Collared Dove, Woodpigeon, Blackbird, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Black Headed Gull, Kestrel and at dusk a Tawny Owl.
                                                                                                             Comma Butterfly
Sunday 25th. September 2011
Lots of parties of migrating swallows passing over this morning, largest group contained 15 birds, smallest 2, but average around 8. Also less numbers of small passerines generally in groups of 3 to 6 birds, the only group I identified was a group of 4 bullfinches.
Two Red Admiral butterflies one Speckled Wood and also what appeared to be a Small Copper in the garden this morning.

My daughter informed me that the 2 weeks ago two collared doves hatched out in a nest on a satellite dish bracket at the front of her house in Coppull.

A Sparrow Hawk flew through the garden last night startling a young collared dove that flew into the window before flying off unarmed
The passage of migrating swallows seemed to stop around 13:00 hrs with only ones or twos passing through after this.
There were more butterflies though in the afternoon sun with a pair of Large White, two Red Admirals, a Peacock, a Comma and a Speckled Wood.
          Large White Butterflies (mating)                                        Peacock Butterfly                                                     Red Admiral Butterfly
Friday 23rd. September 2011
There was a fox hunting on the former quarry at 7:30 this morning, it disturbed a flock of around 30 Meadow Pipits.
Last night after dark Tawny Owls were heard in the garden.
Two House Martins were feeding over the former quarry mid morning.
Only two butterflies today a Red Admiral and a Small Tortoiseshell
                                                       Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly
                                                                                   Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly
Great Knowley area

15.09.11 - flock of approx 6 greenfinches flew over; Barn owl hunting at dusk over former quarry
16.09.11 - Tawny owl heard after dusk in my front garden
17.09.11 - flock of approx 15 greenfinches flew over - 1 speckled wood, 1 red admiral and 1 peacock butterfly in my back garden
18.09.11 - 2 swallows feeding; kestrel over; peregrine flew over early evening - 2 speckled wood, 1 large white and 1 red admiral butterflies in my back garden

Yarrow Bridge area

18.09.11 - approx 4 house martins and a similar number of swallows feeding over the trees in the River Yarrow/Hoggs Lane area
30th/31st July 2011
Wildlife observed in and around my garden and over the former Great Knowley quarry over the weekend included the following:
Coal Tit, Robin, Dunnock, Collared Dove, Woodpigeon, Great Tit, Blackbird, Starling, Carrion Crow, Magpie, Jay, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Bullfinch, Great Black Backed Gull, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Herring Gull, Black Headed Gull, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel. The resident House Sparrows have bred well and increased their numbers from 10 over winter to between 20 and 30.
Butterflies seen included Large White, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock and Gatekeeper. There was also a male Common Darter dragonfly flying/feeding along the back hedgerow on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
July 2011
I injured my foot (ruptured achilles tendon) on the evening of the 9th. July so have been unable to visit any wildlife sites or take any wildlife photographs.
Monday 4th. July 2011
Once again failed to find the White Letter Hairstreaks at the location indicated on the Reserve's Facebook page. Other butterflies seen include:
Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Large White, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown and Small Skipper and lots of Peacock Butterfly caterpillars feeding on nettles along the edge of the River Ribble.
Odonata seen include; Blue Tailed and Common Blue Damselflies, Banded Demoiselles along the River Ribble (mainly on the vegetation right on the edge of the bank), Broad Bodied Chaser (on the very bramble patch where the WLHS's were seen previously) and Black Tailed Darter.
Birds seen include, Carrion Crow, Oystercatcher, Mallard, Canada Geese, Mute Swan, Willow Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Swallow, Sand Martin, Swift, Black Headed Gull, Lesser Blacked Backed Gull, Coot, Moorhen, Goldfinch, Lapwing, Little Ringed Plover, Pied Wagtail, Juvenile Gray Wagtail, Cormorant and a Sparrowhawk.
               Banded Demoiselle (m)                                                        Banded Demoiselle (f)                                                Black Tailed Skimmer (f)
White Coppice
Very quiet at White Coppice tonight, very few birds singing or moving about. Birds seen/heard include: Common Redstart (heard - still not seen), Blue Tit, Long Tailed Tit, Pheasant, Kestrel on the Quarry, Lesser Redpoll, Mallard, Swallow, Whitethoat, Robin, Reed Bunting and Blackbird.
Sunday 3rd. July 2011
Hoggs Lane, Chorley 
Short walk along Hoggs Lane, Chorley. Birds seen include: Blue Tit, Long Tailed Tit, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Carrion Crow, Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Chiff-Chaff, Robin, Swallow, Swift, Magpie, Mallard. In the field beyond the canal there were Black Headed Gulls, Herring Gulls and 2 Common Gulls on the field following a tractor cutting grass.
Ponds off Pump House Lane, Ulnes Walton
Went Fishing on the larger pond. Birds seen include Woodpigeon, Starling, Mallard, Coot, Waterhen, Canada Goose, Heron, Oystercatcher, Carrion Crow chasing and stealing prey from a Buzzard, then being mobbed (and maybe robbed) by a flock of gulls, Herring Gull, Black Headed Gull, Swallow, Swift, Kestrel, Goldfinch, Bullfinch, Willow Warbler, Chiff-Chaff, Reed Bunting, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Blackcap, Whitethroat, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Blue Tit, Long Tailed Tit and Coal Tit. Butterflies seen include, Large White, Small Tortoiseshell, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper and a single female Common Blue.
Odonata seen included Azure and Blue Tailed Damselflies, Broad Bodied Chaser, Four Spotted Chaser and Emperor (m). Also saw a Plume moth of a species I could not identify (wingspan approx 30mm).
            Reed Warbler                                                                            Whitethroat                                                          Small Skipper Butterfly
Saturday 2nd. July 2011
Great Knowley, Chorley
Still plenty of Burnet Moths about, but most now seem to be the smaller Narrow Bordered Five-Spot Burnet moths. Several Large Skipper, a couple of Small Tortoiseshell and a couple of Meadow Browns and occasional large Whites. Also a probable Painted Lady Butterfly very mobile. There have been several species of Hover Fly around.
The Barn Owl was hunting over the former quarry for a short time on Thursday night - the only time it has appeared this week. A Sparrowhawk was sat on a fence post tonight just before 22:00hrs.
Hover Fly (Volucella bombylans var. plumata)                   Hover Fly (Eristalis arbustorum - male)                                          Sparrowhawk

Wednesday 29th. June 2011
Another walk on the Lancaster canal at lunchtime. Birds seen include Blackbird, Blue Tit, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Swallow, Swift, House Martin, Jackdaw, Waterhen, Mallard, Dunnock, Curlew heard, Oystercatcher, Kestrel, Herring Gulls and a pair of Buzzards. Odonata seen include hundreds of Blue Tailed Damselflies, two Azure Damselflies (two hundred yards apart), Large White, Speckled Wood and Red Admiral Butterflies (single specimens of each). Hedge Woundwort was seen growing along Stubbins Lane and two single plants of Marsh Woundwort were seen on the Canal. White Campion also noted on the Canal towpath and also Field Mushroom.
 Buzzard being chased by an Oystercatcher                               Speckled Wood Butterfly                                                      Azure Damselfly (m)
Tuesday 28th. June 2011
Had another walk along the Lancaster Canal hoping to see the Banded Demoiselle and get a photo, no luck with that but plenty of other insect life, including Blue Tailed Damselflies, Green Dock Beetles, Soldier Beetles, several types of Hoverfly a single Large White and a single Red Admiral Butterfly. Bistort on the canal and plenty of Yarrow in flower.
        Hoverfly (Epistrophe grossulariae)                                         Red Admiral Butterfly                                    Blue Tailed Damselfly eating its lunch
                               Snail                                                                       Foxglove                                      Blue Tailed Damselflies in cop (male above)
The Swallows that breed in the Motorway Maintenance Depot came close enough to the office window to get some close up photographs.
During the late evening the Barn Owl was again seen hunting on the former Great Knowley Quarry.
Monday 27th. June 2011 
Had a walk along the Lancaster Canal at Stubbins Lane, Claughton-on-Brock at lunchtime. There were hundreds of Blue Tailed Damselflies on the towpath and adjacent hedge, many of them in cop. Also seen was a fleeting glimpse of a beautiful male Banded Demoiselle Damselfly as it disappeared over the hedge. There were a single Speckled Wood, Large White and Red Admiral Butterflies, several Green Dock Beetles and several species of Hoverfly. Birds seen included Woodpigeon, Blackbird, Mallard, Waterhen, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Blue Tit, Great Tit and Coal Tit, Whitethroat, Swallow, Swift, Willow Warbler and Chiff-Chaff were heard.
                Blue Tailed Damselfly (m)                                               Mallard (f)                                                     Green Dock Beetle
In the evening I had a very short walk on the West Pennine Moors along the track from Jepson's Gate towards Lead Mine Clough and then around the north end of Anglezarke Reservoir. The sky was very dark and threatening and gave up a few spots of rain. Birds seenat Jepson's gate included a Buzzard being mobbed by three Kestrels, a pied Wagtail, Meadow Pipits, Curlew heard, Dunnock, Blackbird and two Mistle Thrushes flew over. At Anglezarke Reservoir/Waterman's Cottage birds seen include, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Wren, Canada Goose, Mallard, Great Crested Grebe with chicks, Swallow, House Martins and Swifts.
                                                                                                      Pied Wagtail
Sunday 26th. June 2011
Plenty of Burnet moths out in the sun at Great Knowley today, both Six-spot and Narrow Bordered Five-spot. At least 6 Large Skipper Butterfly and 6 Meadow Brown & two Small Tortoiseshell Butterflies.

On saturday night a Tawny Owl was seen in a garden a few houses from me.
               Meadow Brown Butterfly                               Narrow Bordered Five-Spot Burnet Moth                       Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly
Had a look for dragonflies at Burgh Lane pond and a walk through Lower  Burgh Meadow, Odonata seen include: Male & Female Emperor Dragonfly, Male Four Spotted Chaser, Common Darter flew over, Azure and Large Red Damselflies. Butterflies seen included: Large White, Large Skipper, Meadow brown and Small Tortoiseshell. Plenty Burnet Moths on Burgh Meadow. Birds seen included: Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Chiff-Chaff, Dunnock, Sedge Warbler, Reed Bunting, Blue Tit, Magpie and Blackbird.
                Emperor Dragonfly (f)                                               Large Skipper Butterfly                                       Four Spotted Chaser Dragonfly
Wednesday 22nd. June 2011
Had a walk round the woods and quarry edge at Great Knowley tonight. Birds seen/heard included: Whitethroat, Chiff-Chaff, Skylark, Tree Pipit, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long Tailed Tit, Magpie, Jay, Carrion Crow, Dunnock, Starling, Blackbird, at least 2 Song Thrushes singing, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Robin, Wren, Black Headed Gull, Goldfinch, Lesser Whitethroat, Willow Warbler.
Plenty of Rabbits about, good numbers of Burnet Moths (all sheltering) and good numbers of Common Spotted Orchid at various locations.
                   White Coral Fungus                                                Six-Spot Burnet Moths on                                                 Tree Pipit
                                                                                                 Common Spotted Orchid                  
Tuesday 21st. June 2011
Barn Owl hunting over former quarry at Great Knowley 21:00hrs to 21:50hrs.
                        Barn Owl                                                                                                                                                                    Barn Owl
Monday 20th. June 2011
Barn Owl seen hunting over the former Great Knowley quarry at 5:15am.
Sunday 19th. June 2011
I had a walk from the north end of Anglezarke Reservoir (Waterman's Cottage) to Healey Nab, mainly to check out the pond in the old quarry for Odonata.
On the way along Moor Road from the Adlington direction I saw some young Grey Wagtails on the Boundary Wall near Jepson's Gate and a Roe Deer in the entrance to a farm. Birds seen included: Spotted Flycatcher near Waterman's Cottage, Mallard, Canada Goose, Feral Goose, Great Crested Grebe, Coot, Pheasant, Oystercatcher flew over, Swift, Swallow, House Sparrow, Willow Warbler, Blackbird, Woodpigeon, Goldfinch, Linnet, Cuckoo heard, Meadow Pipits including juveniles, Blue Tit, Great Tit, a Sparrow Hawk sent the Meadow Pipits scattering, Song Thrush and three Rock Pipits including 2 juveniles in the quarry. Very little signs of Odonata in Bluewaters apart from a male and female Common Blue Damselfly sheltering in the grass near the quarry wall.
At home this morning a young Sparrowhawk flew into the window in pursuit of a Collared Dove, it quickly recovered. Two Large Skipper butterflies on the quarry edge and a Red Admiral in my garden today. A fox seen crossing the former quarry at 18:00hrs.
              Common Blue Damselfly (f)                                               Rock Pipit (juvenile)                                       White Coppice & Stronstey Bank from Healey Nab
Saturday 18th. June 2011
Home garden and adjacent quarry edge at Great Knowley. A male pheasant has got very cheeky recently, strutting around the garden as if he owned it, yesterday my wife left the back door open and he actually came into the kitchen, today he was wandering around the garden within 12 feet of me.
Greenfinch on seed feeder, Six-Spot Burnet Moths, Large Skipper Butterflies (2 no. seen), Hoverflies, Field Grasshoppers and Silver Ground Carpet Moth.
                 Large Skipper Butterfly                                             Silver Ground Carpet Moth                                                    Hover Fly (Heliophilus pendulus)
Thursday 16th. June 2011
Fishing at Bannister House Farm fishery, Mere Brow. Birds seen/heard include Linnet, Greenfinch, plenty of Goldfinch, Whitethroat, Chiff-chaff, Willow Warbler, Reed Warbler, Blackbird, Mistle Thrush, Carrion Crow, Magpie, Rook, Lapwing, Oystercatcher, Shelduck, Moorhen, Coot, Mallard, Heron, Mute Swan & 6 cygnets, Black Headed Gull, Dunnock, Heron, Curlew heard, a pair of Great Spotted Woodpeckers frequently flying over and Redstart heard. Speckled Wood and Meadow Brown butterflies seen. Plenty Blue Tailed Damselflies, with females in several different colour combinations. No larger dragonflies seen. Several Green Dock Beetles feeding on Bullrushes.
                    Mute Swan Cygnet                                                   Blue Tailed Damselfly (f)                                                         Green Dock Beetle
Wednesday 15th. June 2011
First sightings of the following at Great Knowley today:
Six-Spot Burnet Moth, Latticed Heath Moth, Yellow Shell Moth and Small Skipper Butterfly.
                Yellow Shell Moth                                                                  Latticed Heath Moth                                                Six-Spot Burnet Moth
Tuesday 14th. June 2011
Buzzard flying high over Great Knowley late afternoon, Pheasant eating spillage from the bird feeders in the front garden. Barn Owl seen over former quarry at dusk.
                    Buzzard                                                                              Buzzard                                                                           Pheasant
Monday 13th. June 2011
Another short walk, this time at White Coppice, again in search of a Redstart - none seen, but heard singing a couple of times. Birds seen included: Buzzard, Kestrel, Chiff-chaff, Willow Warbler, Nuthach, Lesser Redpoll, Linnet, Skylark, Whitethroat, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Family parties of Long Tailed Tits, Great Tits and Blue Tits, Magpie, Jay, Carrion Crow, 20+ Swallow & House Martin on the edge of the moor, Swift, and a Spotted Flycatcher on the edge of the Cricket field hawking flies.
                  Buzzard                                                                                                                                                                     Buzzard
Saturday 11th. June 2011
Short walk along the River Yarrow from Common Bank Lodge to German Lane, Euxton. Birds seen include Great Tit, Blue Tit, Long Tailed Tit, Blackbird, Robin, Hedge Sparrow, Swallow, Swift, Nuthach and Gray Wagtail.
                      Brown Trout                                                                   Nuthach                                                                  Great Tit (juvenile)
Wednesday 8th. June 2011
Late evening walk from White Coppice to Anglezarke Reservoir and back and then from White Coppice to Heather Lea Woods.
Birds seen/heard included: Blackbird, Nuthach and young, Willow Warbler, Chiff-chaff, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Pheasant, Raven, Carrion Crow, Magpie, Jay, Coot, flock of 10 Canada Geese, Buzzard carrying prey, Kestrel, Meadow Pipit, Blue Tit/young, a very large party of Long Tailed Tits (20+), Great Tit/young, Lesser Redpoll, Linnets, Mallard, Curlew, Whitethroat, Robin, Wren, Dunnock, Swallow, House Martin, Swift, Starling, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove. Also heard a Woodcock close to the Goit, and as I was passing the cricket pavillion I heard a male Redstart singing and glimpsed a female redstart. No sign of the Spotted Flycatchers though!
               Buzzard with prey                                                           Lesser Redpoll (m)                                                           Long Tailed Tit
Monday 6th. June 2011
Evening walk  along the River Yarrow between Chorley and Euxton, hoping to see some Banded Demoiselles - but no sign, probably too late in the day for them. Birds seen/heard include: Swallow, Swift, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Robin and 2 juvenile Robins, a pair of Wrens, Great Tit and Young, Blue Tit and young, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Linnet, Chiff-chaff, Willow Warbler, Whitethroat, Blackcap and young, Magpie, Jay, Carrion Crow. Flora include, Hedge Woundwort, White Dead Nettle, Foxglove, Angelica (wild celery),  Giant Hogweed and lots of Himalayan Balsam.
                   Young Great Tit                                                                Foxglove                                                                Angelica (wild celery)
Sunday 5th. June 2011
Fishing at Stoat Hall Fishery, Bretherton afternoon and early evening.
Birds seen include: Waterhen, Mallard, 12 canada geese flew over, Curlew, Oystercatcher, Buzzard, Black Headed Gull, LBB Gull, Carrion Crow, Rook, Jackdaw, Magpie, Goldfinch, Chaffinch including several young, several family parties of Goldfinch, Blue Tit and young, Long Tailed Tit and 3 young, Robin, Juvenile Robin, Dunnock, several Blackbird, Willow Warbler, Chiff-chaff, whitethroat, and at least 2 possibly 3 male Yellowhammer singing.
                    Young Waterhen                                                              Juvenile Robin                                                          Yellowhammer (m)
During the last week the Great Knowley  barn owl put in an appearance on two nights at the edge of dark and I heard it screeching during wednesday night. A pipistrelle bat was circling the house on wednesday and friday night.
Saturday 4th. June 2011
On a late afternoon stroll around Yarrow Valley Park at Birkacre, Chorley I noted the following:
Common Tern with single chick on tern raft, Coot on big lodge with a single  chick, but none seen on top lodge. Great Crested, Grebe, Mute Swan with 2 cygnets, plenty mallard and Black Headed Gulls. Heard Nuthach in several locations, Carrion Crow, Magpie, Jay, Gray Wagtail at weir, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Robin, Dunnock, Chiff-chaff, Willow Warbler, Chaffinch, Whitethoat, Several Reed Bunting on Lower Burgh meadow, possible Reed Warbler on Top Lodge, heard Treecreeper, Blackbird, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Canada Geese, Waterhen.
At Burgh pond: Azure and large red damselfly, Buff Tailed Bumble Bee, Four Spotted Chaser (at east 3). Green Veined White, Speckled Wood and Small Skipper Butterflies near the weir on the River Yarrow. A small Tortoiseshell Butterfly seen near top lodge. Common Spotted Orchid, one on Lower Burgh Meadow and one next to Burgh pond. A Gray Squirrel on Burgh Hall Lane and a single female Roe Deer on Lower Burgh Meadow.
                       Gray Wagtail                                                   Common Tern & Chick                                          Four Spotted Chaser Dragonfly
Friday 3rd. June 2011 
Went to Marshside Nature Reserve, Southport. The water levels are really low or gone altogether. Consequently the wildfowl in particular are in low numbers. Birds seen include, Mute Swan, Canada Geese, Mallard, Wigeon, Heron, Black Tailed Godwit, Avocet, Oystercatcher, Skylark, Kestrel, Redshank, Great Crested Grebe, Sedge Warbler, Goldfinch, Shelduck, Black Headed Gull, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Lapwing, Woodpigeon, Starling, Blue Tit, Great Tit. Sadly it seems that all or nearly all of the Avocet chicks have been predated.
                 Black Tailed Godwit                                                               Avocet                                                                        Skylark
Monday 30th. May 2011
Plenty young birds at Great Knowley this weekend with recently fledged House Sparrows ( including two part leucistic with white feathers in their wings), Starlings, Dunnock, Goldfinch (3), Blue Tits, Great Tits and Coal Tits (4 or 5). 
                     Young Goldfinch                                                    Young Hedge Sparrow                                            Young (part leucistic) House Sparrow
Adult birds included Magpie, Swallow, Swift, House Martin, Sparrowhawk, Collarerd Dove, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Woodpigeon, Carrion Crow, Greenfinch, Blackbird, Canada Goose (flying over) and the Barn Owl was observed over the former quarry on Sunday 21:15 to 21:40.
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