L.O.S. Erects Bird Boxes for Wigan Hospice

Eddie King has made some bird boxes and he and Tony Bishop have erected eight of them in the grounds of Wigan and Leigh Hospice. This was initiated by a friend of the Society who informed us that the hospice were creating a facility for day patients to visit and wished to include some bird related interest.

The committee also agreed to fund some feed and feeders for the facility and Martyn Jones will be advising them on the fitting of a camera to one of the bird boxes so that the birds might be watched using the boxes. 

We have received an email thanking the Society and a feature will appear in the Hospice's next newsletter.

L.O.S. Fieldtrip to the Local Mosslands - Saturday 17 February 2018

In a break to our usual Sunday tradition, today’s Saturday L.O.S. fieldtrip to the 'Local Mosslands' of Irlam, Barton and Chat Moss was a complete success, with twenty people turning out on what was a wet start to the day. But the rain soon disappeared and starting from the Irlam Fisheries, Dave Steel led the group on a five mile circuit of this fascinating area.


The highlights of the day were Brambling, Yellowhammer, Tree Sparrow, large flocks of what were mainly Chaffinch and Goldfinch, a male Stonechat, some Snipe as well as two Roe Deer and a Brown Hare. We finished off with tea and cakes at the lovely cafe which is alongside the Fisheries.


Many thanks to Dave Steel for leading us on this fieldtrip and imparting all his endless knowledge of the Mosses to us, and also thanks to Eddie King for organising the day.
Alan Wilcox

L.O.S. Presentation - Friday 2nd February 2018

Kevin Briggs is a retired environmental consultant who has been studying Oystercatchers in the Lune Valley for over 40 years. His talk will illustrate the changes which have occurred to Oystercatchers, Ringed Plovers, Goosanders and Yellow Wagtails, and the habitats they use.

We meet in the Derby Room upstairs at Leigh Library at around 7:15pm for a 7:30pm start. Everyone is welcome and entry is free, although would appreciate it you'd buy a raffle ticket or two.

Do come and join us, bring a friend, and perhaps become a member. Just ask one of us on the door for information on how to join.

Water Pipit Identifciation

With the recent appearance of a couple of Water Pipits at Astley (Rindle Road), some people were struggling to I.D. them. The following BTO video may help:

The L.O.S. '12 Birding Months of 2017' Photo Album

Why not have a look at our excellent L.O.S. '12 Birding Months of 2017' photo album on Facebook here:

The 12 Birding Months of 2017

Probably the best way to view them is to click the above link and scroll through the photo thumbnails. From here any photo can be clicked to to enlarge it if required.

Unfortunately, you will need to be logged in to Facebook to see them I'm afraid, so if you're not a member yet why not try it out by joining now - it's free.

From Boxing Day onwards over the 12 Days of Christmas, some members of the L.O.S. Nature Photography group on Facebook submitted one photograph per month from 2017.

Then, on 12th Night (6th January 2018) these were compiled into a single album so that they could be viewed as a whole.

UPDATE: https://youtu.be/F1StFupy1vM

I've just made the above video slideshow of the photos with a bit of music. Please don't sit down to watch this as it's over 20 minutes long. Put it on your computer when you're doing something else, turn the sound on to enjoy the music and you can just look up now and then and see some great bird photos .