BIRDING THE LUNE ESTUARY, THE UPLANDS OF BOWLAND AND BEYOND

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CLOUGHA PIKE UNTIL RECENT YEARS THE BOWLAND STRONGHOLD FOR THE STONECHAT. PETE WOODRUFF.

Friday, 12 December 2008

Far Away

Well the Autumn colours are as far away as ever again now but thought this would serve as a pleasant reminder. It was taken at the far end of Ottergear Bridge below Birk Bank and shows the amazing colours of green/yellow/orange/and red all in the same tree.

Todays birding can only be described as mediocre but still producing interest and some noted ones are here......

At Aldcliffe c.300 Canada Geese and c.200 Greylag were impressive counts. Though the numbers are unremarkable, there are still a few Fieldare and Redwing at Conder Green, 5 Little Grebe were in the Conder channel, and a Spotted Redshank was on Conder Pool. On the River Lune upstream from Glasson Dock 85 Goldeneye is a number which seems to keep rising with the species here leaving all other area's in single figures. The female Scaup was back on the canal basin today along with two drake Goosander and 6 drake Pochard to note. The 1st winter male Stonechat showed itself again at Cockersands on the shingle near the Caravan Park, and 20+ Black-tailed Godwit were in fields here. At the Crimbles Lane/Gulf Lane junction 40+ Tree Sparrows were in a new area for me. And an impressive up to 1,000 Wood Pigeon were seen from Bradshaw Lane. The only negative thing to say about recent visits to Conder Green is that the Common Sandpiper thought to be set to winter here as done a disappearing/moving on act.
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