Sunday, 3 July 2011

East Lancs Birding 1st-3rd July 2011

Just local birding this weekend, with two evening visits to the Long-eared Owl
site and visits to Foulridge and Coldwell reservoirs.

The first real signs of return wader passage this weekend with a juvenile Ringed
Plover, 60 Lapwing, a single Golden Plover, 6 Common Sandpiper, several
Little-ringed Plovers and 2 Oystercatcher at Foulridge over the weekend.

At Coldwell, two broods of Little-ringed Plover chicks with attendant adults
and Common Sandpiper young there too.
A nice bonus, was a group of three Common Crossbill which came down to
drink from the reservoir.

The Long-eared Owl chicks are doing well now and actively flying in and
out of the nesting wood, allowing for some excellent views!

Adult male Long-eared Owl

Juvenile Long-eared Owl

Sparrowhawk mobbed by Swallows at Foulridge

Common Crossbill

Crossbill drinking

A late Lapwing brood at Foulridge

A text from a friend of mine who was fishing at Holden Wood Reservoir described
"a large white bird as big as a heron, fishing in the shallows"
It turned out to be a Little Egret!

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