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

Wednesday, 31 December 2008

Fog Bound,Ice Bound.


Not the best of weather for a trawl
round the patch as the pic illustrates.... but it has to be done.

If anywhere has an entitlement to be advertised as a good birding spot to spend an hour now and again - or better still every day - Conder Green has. Within five minutes of leaving the motor at the car park in the picnic area I had found a female Stonechat, Greenshank, 2 Spotted Redshank, and the Kingfisher all from the iron bridge. On the circular back to the car park I noted a Little Grebe, a Reed Bunting, a Dunnock, a Grey Plover, and by way of a change I counted up to 100 Teal in the channel. The pool as expected was frozen but 6 Wigeon held on to a small area of water, the place was otherwise deserted.

On the Lune Estuary at Glasson Dock I was barely able to pick out c.20 Goldeneye, c.70 Dunlin close by were the only birds in view through the 'soup'.

Things were no better at Cockersands but I could just count 'about' 250 Redshank and Dunlin, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Turnstone, four Red-breasted Merganser, and c.900 Knot. A Little Egret was in one of the Abbey Farm fields along with c.200 Golden Plover and 4 Brown Hare.

On Gulf Lane the Tree Sparrows were around but uncounted again, and at Moss Edge probably in excess of 6,000 Starlings. At the west end of Gulf Lane were c.5,000 Pink-footed Geese, despite going through these birds a couple of times over 30 minutes I could find no odd one's out though many of them faded into the mist. I also noted a Sparrowhawk, and 2 Brown Hare.

On Fluke Hall Lane there was 85 Whooper Swans of which about 10 - 12 were juveniles.

If you are reading this, and have read other posts on this blog I really appreciate that. Enjoy your birding in whatever form it takes as thats what its all about, enjoying and learning, I do all the time, every time.
Thanks again for taking a look and......A HAPPY NEW YEAR.


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