Last few weeks

Trips out bird watching have been very infrequent over the last few weeks with just the usual trips up to Stags Lodge and surrounding areas and 2 visits to Brockholes Nature Reserve.

I have continued slowly to add to the patch list of Stags Lodge with Nuthatch, my first on the patch and Starling in the past few weeks. This weekend’s visits brought a calling male Bullfinch and a drumming Greater Spotted Woodpecker. The usual patch birds have also been present in the form of Song Thrush, Blackbird, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Mallard, Coot, Magpie, Jay, Carrion Crow, Blue, Great and Long-tailed Tits, Robin, Dunnock, Wren and Black-headed Gull.

Other local sightings of interest include a pair of Peregrine and a Pair of Raven. I’m hoping to get some photos of the Peregrine if I’m lucky to see them again.

Back Yard Birding seems to have come to a halt after our neighbour cut the tree down that bordered our properties and I was using to hang my feeders. I have bought a feeding stand which I’ve fastened to the back wall but the Goldfinch and Greenfinch that used to devour most of the seed I was putting out seem to be keeping away presumably because of the lack of cover. Starlings seem to be enjoying the fruit suit I put out and Reece said he’d seen a pair of Dunnock and a Collard Dove on them this morning so there’s hope yet.

It’s a while since I’d been to Brockholes and the place is coming along nicely and should be ready for opening over the Easter weekend so I’ve been told. Sightings are what you would expect for the time of year with very little of interest on any of the pools on both weekend visits. A single Redshank amongst a couple of Lapwing on No1 pit was just about anything I saw of note. 2 Sand Martin were reported on Saturday lunchtime which even though they nest in the area I think they were just flying through but I’m sore the resident birds will be back soon.

Thanks to those who’ve let me know about the local Waxwings, I’ve not had much chance to get out to see them but I’m sure I saw a small flock travelling as I drove through Bamber Bridge on Saturday afternoon.

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