Author: Derek Gallagher

Glaucous Gull, Southport Beach – 2nd January 2012

I spent myfirst day birding of the year at Southport beach with the intention ofphotographing the Gaucous Gull that has been reported from there for a whilenow. Reading on the internet and chatting to a few local birders suggested thatthe bird was ill …

2 ticks and updates – 16th December 2011

With 2 birds showing well in North Lancashire that I neededfor my life list I spent the first day of a long weekend off work in search ofthem. The first stop was Leighton Moss RSPB and it didn’t take long to find theGlossy Ibis feeding at the edge of…

Wall Farm Nature Reserve, Shropshire – 4th November 2011

A call on Monday from Mike Foley prompted this trip down toWall Farm near to Telford. A Steppe Grey Shrike had been reported from there(firstly identified as a Great Grey) and Mike managed to get down on Tuesday andas my work didn’t take me anywhere …

Banks Marsh & Marshside RSPB – 22nd October 2011

Another weekend trip up to the Ribble Estuary but this time my first visit to Banks Marsh where I met up with Nick Green. I didn’t get far along but managed some nice species including a late Curlew Sandpiper.    ABOVE CURLEW SANDPI…

Hesketh Out Marsh to the River Douglas – 15th October 2011

With the weather being so nice I decided to spend the day on the south side of the Ribble Estuary mainly at Hesketh Out Marsh but I did manage a walk down to the River douglas for the first time. A few passing Redwing passed over at HOM as well as numb…

Slavonian Grebe at Fairhaven Lake – 8th October 2011

I saw my first Grebe at the age of about 12 on a lake (MountFarm I think) in Bletchley. It was a Great Crested or at least they were asthey went through their ritual dance and ever since then I found the species adelightful one to watch and find them e…

Brockholes LWT – 01st October 2011

With the weather being so nice (26 degees in October!!) Reece and I decided to have a wander around Brockholes for a couple of hours to see if anything good was anjoying the sun. In birding terms a Little Grebe, 4 Buzzard and a single Kestrel were abou…

Grey Phalarope, Ribble Ribble, Preston – 20th September 2011

It all started last week when I missed out on the Grey Phalarope at Fairhaven Lake. I’d been working away and didn’t get chance to get over their until Friday afternoon at which time it had moved on (it had been reported on the RBA light map on Friday …

Adonis Blue at Aston Rowant NNR

I haven’t had much luck this year in adding to my Butterfly list but in the first week of September I called back in at Aston Rowant with the hope of seeing one of the most vibrant blues seen in the UK. The Adonis Blue is only seen in small numbers her…

Aston Rowant NNR – 2nd August 2011

I managed a second visit to this wonderful butterfly site in just over a week and what a difference. The temperature was around 25C  with very little wind and though it was cloudy the number of butterflies was treble the amount I saw on my previou…