Saturday, 15 November 2008

Local birding: 1stw Iceland Gull, Whinney Hill Tip, Lancs - 15th Nov 2008.

The 1stw Iceland Gull was at Whinney Hill from at least 10:30-12:00 when last seen landing atop a raised plateau, out of view. Thirty Fieldfare overflew the Tip and two Ravens were seen distantly over Gt. Hameldon.

Enroute to my parents for a meal, Pam and I called in at the JJB car park at Fishmoor at 19:05 on the offchance of seeing the Long-eared Owl I saw a few days ago. Time was short as we were running late, but within 5 seconds of turning off the car engine, the LEO drifted past and showed well as it hunted the rough grassland right by the car park under illumination from the car park lighting for a full five minutes before I had to leave. Absolute magic! - Lets hope this bird remains a feature of Fishmoor birding for much/all of the winter.

I've spent quite a bit of time walking around Blackburn Town Centre looking for Waxwings in the past few days, but to no avail......They will come.