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

Tuesday, 23 December 2008

Return....

....to the patch to note the highlights.
At Conder Green, the best bird here had to be the male Stonechat seen again, 2 Greenshank, a Kingfisher, 6 Little Grebe, 2 Snipe, and 2 Goldeneye.

On Glasson basin - where the marina looked nothing remotely like it does in this picture - 4 Goldeneye, and 10 drake Pochard are still increasing in number, where do all the females go?
On the Lune estuary a Merlin and later a Pergrine Falcon both succeeded in putting to flight in sheer panic in excess of 18,000 waders, wildfowl, and gulls, also noted 2 Little Egret. I reckon the female Scaup of late is lurking somewhere on the river here.

At Cockersands lighthouse another male Stonechat, and at the Caravan Park another male Stonechat seen. In the Bank Houses paddock, 10 Blackbirds, a Song Thrush, c. 40 Linnets, and 4 Meadow Pipits. Five Grey Partridge seen just down the road from here in Abbey Farm fields.

An enjoyable - if bloody miserable day weather wise - checking the birds of the area whilst hoping for something 'new' which does happen occasionally but not often enough perhaps.

I have a distinct feeling this may be my last 'birding day' until next Monday to which I can only add roll on next Monday......better still roll on Easter!
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