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

Wednesday, 21 January 2009

And again!

A re-run of yesterday to see if anything
missed might show today.
But lets deal with the pic first which was taken looking to where Conder Pool is today, but wasn't when I took this shot. I hadn't realised the gap in the hedge was always there and is where the viewing platform stands today.

At Conder Green at least 15 Twite were on the marsh from the old railway bridge, 4 Little Grebe were in the channel with 2 on Conder Pool, also a Greenshank and 2 Stonechat seen today were 1w m/f. I first saw a male here on 10 November with four subsequent sightings including 3 birds together on 8 January.

On the Lune Estuary, the only birds not noted yesterday were m/f Goosander and 5 Little Grebe which would make the total 11 but it was much later when I visited here so some risk of duplication with birds moving around. Goldeneye were difficult to count today but I am convinced there are now in excess of 125 birds on the River Lune between Waterloo Cottage and just downstream beyond Bazil Point.

At Cockersands the resident Stonechat showed again, first seen on 6 October with ten sightings since. I estimated the Wigeon here today at 1,500 with c.150 Pintail. In the paddock at Bank Houses I counted 12 Blackbird, 4 Song Thrush, 4 Meadow Pipit, and the Little Owl perched hidden in a small tree in a bitterly cold wind. In the fields were 45 Black-tailed Godwit, c.250 Golden Plover, and a single Grey Partridge briefly, also 9 Brown Hare. It was interesting that the field where the c.250 Pink-footed Geese had been for the past week? (seen 13 and 20 Jan) was deserted initially but at 12.45 they came in from the SW to drop into the same field once again. On Moss Lane c.20 Tree Sparrow seen.

I have been informed once again of 5 Little Egret together, seen from the canal on the west side between the junction at Galgate and around half way to The Mill Inn at Conder Green.
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