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

Friday, 5 December 2008

Nice View

Missed my chance of a nice pic today
from the Pilling Lane Ends car park.
The pic was an exact replica of this one taken a couple of weeks ago, but with the added beauty of the snow clad lakeland mountains. Hard to believe the ferry's leaving Heysham Harbour do so with such a dramatic backdrop as seen from this vantage point. The scene here includes the strange lighthouse type tower - in view above the bridge of the boat if you look hard enough - at Ulverston the history of which I know nothing. Well, it isn't a lighthouse....is it? Anyway....back to birds.

John - as always on Friday's and other days if he's out with me - has the honour of producing the records, but I must add here it was good to see the Hooded Crow (again? Oct 29 Birk Bank) from the bottom of Stock-a-Bank. Other notables today were a Kingfisher around Conder Pool, well you can't help but admire this bird if you have any understanding at all of one of our most exotic birds with it's brilliant plumage colours, a Greenshank on the Lune estuary from Glasson Dock, three Little Egret on Glasson Marsh, at least 500 Fieldfare on Moss Lane with a 'few' Redwing in the mix, the 1st winter male Stonechat again at Cockersands, with a Little Egret surprising us in an inland field here, three more Little Egret on Pilling Marsh, and another Little Egret in Fluke Hall Wood. On Bradshaw Lane a Merlin was perched distant but always impressive, and the Short-eared Owl/s apparently waited until we departed before putting in an appearance. Ah well....can't win 'em all.
There was an intriguing RBA pager message this morning of an Osprey SE of Carnforth flying E over the M6 of which nothing more was/has been heard of since.
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