THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS WERE QUITE PRODUCTIVE in catching up with some of East Lancs's rarest breeding birds. These included Grey Partridge, which is down to only a handful of sites, notably on the grassland of the West Pennines to the south of Burnley as well as Eurasian Reed Warbler, which is only a sporadic breeding bird, mostly owing to a lack of suitable phragmites reed bed habitat. A pair found by ELOC stalwart John Metcalf was building a nest, with the male singing occasionally.
I was hoping that the recent torrential rain would have produced an interesting passage migrant, like Common Scoter for instance but no luck yet. June is a very good month for them in East Lancs, with the presumably failed breeders returning to the UK for the winter, taking a short cut to the Irish Sea across the Pennines and stopping off here. Project hobby has not been a success yet despite a lot of time put in but there have been a couple of sightings now quite nearby so hopefully it will be soon!
ELOC year list 140. Grey Partridge 141. Eurasian Reed Warbler