BIRDING THE LUNE ESTUARY, THE FOREST OF BOWLAND AND BEYOND.

Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Med Gull and....

A good start to some good birding today with
an adult Med Gull on Conder Pool along
with the reasonably obvious by now wintering Common Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, a Spotted Redshank, a Grey Plover 'may' have been the first seen on the pool and adds to an already impressive list for this young site. Also 3 Little Grebe and two Goldeneye.

On the canal basin at Glasson Dock a Kingfisher, Goldeneye, 5 drake Pochard, and at least 80 Tufted Duck.

On the Lune Estuary to note, c.12,000 Knot a quite impressive sight here, also c.2,500 Bar-tailed Godwit was another impressive sight, c.750 Golden Plover, 3 Goosander, and a Little Egret was below Waterloo Cottage. With uncounted Dunlin, Lapwing, Redshank, and Curlew there was a minimum of 20,000 waders here today, and in brilliant sunshine between 2.15 and 3.15 a sight for sore eyes as my grandma used to say.

From Bodie Hill another Little Egret, 2 Raven were on a tree trunk on the marsh, and the now resident 8 Goldeneye on the Lune.

At Cockersands c.50 Fieldfare were on Moss Lane. Noted between the lighthouse and the Caravan Park, 12 Greenfinch, 4 Reed Bunting, a Kestrel, 282 Golden Plover (no AGP) in Kellets field, 11 Turnstone, 20 Black-tailed Godwit, c.350 Dunlin, 3 Grey Plover, and 2 Bar-tailed Godwit.

Thanks again to Pete Marsh for the call about a Little Bunting trapped, ringed, and released at Knott End, resulting in the opportunity - all day as it turns out - for me and everyone else who wished to view this bird. I forfeited this to see all the above......hows that for patchwork dedication! Records to be added to LDBWS later.
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