L.O.S. Open Day - Saturday 28th January 2017 at Leigh Library

We are pleased to announce that we are having our second Open Day on Saturday 28th January 2017 from 11am until 3pm upstairs in the Derby Room at Leigh Library.

It will be very similar to last year's successful event with displays and stalls by the RSPB, British Trust for Ornithology, Lancashire Wildlife Trust, Bolton and Bury Swifts, Lowton Hedgehog Rescue as well as local conservation and friends groups such as Low Hall and Amberswood.

There will also be projected displays by several local photographers, as well as a range of second hand birding and other books and some bird food on sale.

The event will be attended by the Mayor of Wigan and local M.P. and prospective Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham.

Refreshments will be available so why not come along and put a few names to the faces that you've read about on Facebook?

Everyone is welcome and admission is free.

L.O.S. Field trip to Marbury Country Park

Today's trip to Marbury Country Park with the (almost!) impeccable navigation of Alan Wilcox took in Budworth Mere, a lot of fine and varied woodland, some meadow and scrubland, Neumann's Flash and Haydn's Pool.

Those of us who hadn't been before were pretty impressed by the variety of habitat, though the murk and mist didn't help the viewing over the various pools. I recorded a total of 39 species (Geoff Hurst might have had more) including impressive numbers of Great Crested Grebe on the Mere, some of which were displaying already, Wigeon, Little Egret and a Common Gull on Neumann's, and woodland species including Goldcrest, Treecreeper and Great Spotted Woodpecker

A Raven called from somewhere in the canopy, and was glimpsed by some of us. The Lesser Spotted Woodpecker and Bittern did NOT show themselves, but the photo of Budworth Mere will explain the problem of Bittern-spotting today!

A really good trip in great company as ever, and thanks to everybody who came along. 

Leigh Journal 'Picture of the Week'

Congratulations to L.O.S. member Anne Johnson whose Coal Tit photograph from the Three Sisters Nature Reserve got 'Picture of the Week' in the current edition of the Leigh Journal.

Click the link below to see the full article on the Leigh Journal website.

L.O.S. Presentation - Friday 6 January 2017

Just a reminder that we have our first talk of 2017 on Friday 6th January at 7:30pm in the Derby Rooms, Leigh Library. 

This is the K&J Gallimore Memorial Meeting when our very own local wildlife photographers Pauline and Ian Greenhalgh will present 'A Shot at Wildlife Images 2014' which is a compilation of images taken on their travels around Britain in that year. 

So do come and join us, all are welcome for what I am sure will be a great evening's entertainment.

Male Long-tailed Duck at Pennington Flash

As you can see from our website header, Leigh Ornithological Society's logo has a male Long-tailed Duck in flight on it, and so it's nice to actually see one in our recording area for once. This one has been showing well at Pennington Flash for a few days now and, even though it's not in breeding plumage with a long tail, it's still rather special.

I am reliably informed that the reason that the Long-tailed Duck was chosen as the Society's emblem was because it would reproduce quite well on photocopied newsletters when, back in the day, everything was still done in black and white.

Well, judging by these colours, this bird will still look good on those old faded sepia-toned newsletters from the 1970's!