Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Bolton Abbey

Bolton Abbey 20th June 2009

For the first time in decades, I missed a trip here in May. So what does it look like in June? certainly more green stuff on the trees..I hate that, can't see the birds for leaves. Another obvious diffence is that the birds are quieter now, so finding Redstart, Wood and Garden warblows are harder. And so it was, that I missed these. Are well! What did I get? The dippers are still active, Grey Wagtail, Common Sandpiper and a pair of Mandarin Duck near Baden bridge. While at the bridge, something made me turn my head to look behind me. A Red Kite circled the fields, giving really good views. Tons of Pied Flycatchers are feeding young. A single Cuckoo flew over (Silent) that was lucky I saw it. A good day to stay in the shade, it was a bit hot out of the woods.

Sunday, 31 May 2009

Brockholes Quarry

A first trip to Brockholes Quarry near Preston. For years now I have been driving past here, today I give it a go.
A large area, cut for gravel has left several pools and great expectaions. I hear from a reliable source that soon? the area is going to be developed for public recreation, Nature reserve area, Fishing and boating lakes. I can't wait.
At the moment though, we must park up at the gate and view what flys over the River Ribble.
Tons of Hirundines (swallows, Martins, Swifts) hawking over the surface of the river. Above them the watchfull eye of Hobby. Hobbies are regular here, seen many times, if you look towards the church, it usually is seen in that direction. If you are lucky, then close views of it/them? swooping low, hunting over the river. Also seen a Buzzard.
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A great place to visit, but beware the car criminals, leave only the wife to watch out.