Wednesday, 17 December 2008

Half Day

Only managed three hours after lunch today before the weather turned nasty.

A Merlin put an impressive minimum of 8,000 Knot, 650 Bar-tailed Godwit, 255 Golden Plover, and a 'no idea but a lot' number of Lapwing to flight on the Lune at Glasson Dock, 18 Goldeneye were counted here. At Conder Green 2 Greenshank, a Spotted Redshank, 4 Goldeneye, 5 Little Grebe were on the pool, and 3 Grey Plover in the channels, and singles only today of Fieldfare.

I noted c.400 Golden Plover on Glasson Marsh but wondered if some were from the count earlier at Glasson Dock. On the basin just a drake Goldeneye to note and not even the regular drake Pochard's seen today.

A badly timed visit to Cockersands at high tide showed just a couple of hundred Oystercatcher and 6 Turnstone on Plover Scar, with c.40 Black-tailed Godwit in fields, and a 'few' Tree Sparrow. Over Cockerham Marsh c.5,000 Pink-footed Geese seen.

The pic of Cockersands Abbey was taken on a much more pleasant day in the summer with the monstrous power station cunningly hidden behind the ancient abbey.
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