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

Thursday, 20 November 2008

Patchwork

Pretty dull all day weather wise though I can
never bring myself to call any days
birding dull, but to be honest on a rating out of ten today would struggle to four.

The Common Sandpiper seen again on Conder Pool must bring the bird another day closer to wintering here. A Spotted Redshank and a Greenshank have both become 'expected' here. Six Little Grebe, three Goldeneye, and a Goosander were all noted on Conder Pool.

On Glasson Basin a Little Grebe, two Great-crested Grebe, two drake Pochard, and c. 45 Tufted Duck were all noted.

Noted on the Lune Estuary at Glasson Dock were an estimated 4,500 Lapwing,
4,000 Knot, 1,200 Bar-tailed Godwit, 220 Golden Plover (no there wasn't an AGP with them) and minimal numbers of Redshank and Dunlin, a drake and female Goosander, and eight Goldeneye which I would stand corrected on claiming these to be the highest number reported in our area. In any event the question is posed....where are all the Goldeneye?

A 'wander' down the road was rather fruitless though 3,000+ Pink-footed Geese were on Pilling Marsh, at least ten Tree Sparrow were at Fluke Hall but that's not much of a revelation. A short journey to see if six Short-eared Owls were at Bradshaw Lane Head again today resulted in a disappointing NO. A detour round Gulf Lane resulted in just a few Fieldfare with several hundred Starlings and two Mistle Thrush.

I couldn't help but think on the way home from such an exciting days birding....I wonder who I'll decide to ring first when I find the Siberian Rubythroat....Erhummmm!
Ah yes and by the way, it's been suggested to me before today to check the 'checklist' for info on any species as opposed to asking questions. Well this time I did just that, and found the Common Sandpiper at Conder Green is not about to become the first to winter in our area as the aforementioned checklist states, quote....there has been at least one winter record from the River Lune in all but the last two winter's under review....unquote.
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