As there were five Tuesdays during this October, group visits were planned on both the second and the fifth Tuesday.
Visit to Brockholes on Tuesday 9th October
This was the group’s fifth visit to this Lancashire Wildlife Trust site adjacent to the River Ribble east of Preston. A large site spread over 250 acres with a unique floating visitor centre and a wide variety of habitats it is always an attractive reserve to visit. Seven members of the group attended and a total of 25 species were recorded.
Visit to Delamere Forest on Tuesday 30th October
This was our first group outing to Delamere Forest. Four members of the group met at the Linmere Lodge visitor centre where we were joined by guest leader Peter Twist who lives locally to the forest and his extensive knowledge of the area and experience at identifying bird calls was invaluable. After lunch Peter Twist took us to nearby Newchurch Common in the hopes of seeing the rare Smew. Unfortunately the Smew did not show but we did record a number of species which had not been seen at Linmere. In total 47 species were recorded on this visit.
Click ‘Continue reading’ for the full list of species seen on both these visits:
|Blue Tit||A few|
|Great Crested Grebe||Several|
|Grey Heron||A few|
|Herring Gull||A few|
|Tufted Duck||A few|
|Dunnock||1 – Heard only|
|Great Black-backed Gull||2||pm only|
|Great Crested Grebe||4||pm only|
|Great Spotted Woodpecker||2 – Heard only|
|Great Tit||Heard only|
|Lesser Black-backed Gull||1|
|Long-tailed Tit||Heard only|
|Mute Swan||2||pm only|
|Nuthatch||1 – Heard only|
|Treecreeper||1 – Heard only|
|Tufted Duck||c.30||pm only|
|Wren||4 – Heard only|