Author: Derek Gallagher

Dragonfly Pond & Stags Lodge – Cuerden Valley Park – 14th June 2014

With Emperor Dragonflies being reported I decided to head up to the dragonfly pond to see if they were flying locally. I counted 3 including a female oviposting,  20 four spotted chaser as well as blue tailed and azure damselfly. A singl…

Great Skua (Bonxie) – Preston Docks – 15th June 2014

About half 9 I read a Facebook post suggesting there was a Great Skua lingering about Preston Docks so with the decision made not to wash the car (my usual Sunday morning chore) I headed out. On first arrival in the car park near to Morr…

Buzzards – Cuerden Valley Park – May 2014

It wasn’t long ago these large raptors were scarce across Lancashire but are now seen regularly especially around the Stags Lodge area of Cuerden Valley Park. I have seen singles in recent years but recently I have seen up to 4 both over my home and at…

New patch tick at Stags Lodge, Cuerden Valley Park – May 2014

I was wandering back home through Stags Lodge after a few hours out with the camera last month when I stood on the bridge over the River Lostock and thought ‘what a great site for a Dipper’ but not having seen one on this stretch (I have seen a breedin…

Dragonfly Fest – Cuerden Valley Park – 31st May 2014

Its that time of year when a trip up to the Dragonfly pond at Cuerden Valley Park starts to produce results with my favourite and probably the most photogenic Dragonfly starts to fly.I have been up a few times of late when we’ve had a little sun but to…

A few sightings from the past week at Stags Lodge CVP

Buzzards can be seen quite frequently flying across the patch often being chased by a corvid or 3. A good place to see them is perched on the dead tree at the top of Stags Lodge. Warblers are a common visitor to the patch with up to 5 Chiffchaff&n…

Stags Lodge – 5/6th May 2012

With the sun being out I decided to take my camera out on both of the early morning dog walks at the local patch. There was nothing like the patch tick of my last post but a year patch tick of a Swallow (though only passing through) was nice and the ma…

Stags Lodge (Cuerden Valley Park) & On The Feeders – 14th April 2012

The sun was out so I decided to grab the camera when heading out with thedogs with the hope of getting a few photos of the current warblers on the localpatch. I heard a newly returned Willow Warbler on the edge of Church Walk Woodsand managed a few sho…

Meresands Wood Bittern – 20th February 2012

I’ve taken quite a few visits up to Meresands Woods with the hope of photographing at least one of the 2 Bittern that are showing very well (at least for Bittern) from the Rufford Hide. Both were on show during my 2 hour visit though one only briefly…

Red Kites, Tetsworth, Oxon – 13th January 2012

TheM40 corridor north between Beaconsfield and Oxford is renowned for its largepopulation of Red Kites and I often marvel at their sight whenever I travelalong the route. On several occasions I’ve pulled off the M40 and travelled upthe A40 giving me …