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

Monday, 5 January 2009

Keep Moving....

....or die of hypothermia.

Conder Pool was frozen end to end today though no big surprise there. In the channel 2 Spotted Redshank and a Greenshank seen, also two of Grey Plover, Snipe, and Little Grebe.

The canal basin had enough water left to hold 2 Little Grebe, and at least 200 Coot.

The Lune estuary from behind the toilet block was quiet but up to 1,000 Bar-tailed Godwit still here, 3 Little Grebe, and a Goosander were to note.

Noted at Fishnet Point, 200+ Tufted Duck included about six females with white blazes one of which was big enough to fool me into thinking 'Scaup' initially. The Pochard number at Glasson Dock continues to increase with 14 seen today including one female. I also noted a single Black-tailed Godwit here.

At Cockersands I decided to ignore the small numbers of waders today and noted, a 1w male Stonechat, at least 50 Twite, c.55 Linnet, a Little Owl, a Dunnock, a Reed Bunting, a Fieldfare, 2 Snipe, a Kestrel, 5 Red-breasted Merganser were by the lighthouse, and 3 Brown Hare seen.

From Gulf Lane I saw two Sparrowhawks flying together along a ditch, they then came to perch together which is something new to me having never before observed two of the species together, 2 Fieldfare were the only other birds of note here apart from the farm fields and buildings currently accommodating c.6,000 Starlings.

On Pilling Marsh I saw a single Little Egret a bird you would be hard pushed not to see on any given day/tour along our coast line these days. At Lane Ends 4 Snipe were in a field here.

At Fluke Hall were c.3,000 Pink-footed Geese, c.2,000 were at the far west end of Head Dyke Lane in a field at the junction of Lancaster Road where I had gone to see 4 Bewicks Swans with PFG reported to me when I joined two 'Blackpool' birders (didn't know them) earlier at Glasson Dock and didn't see the swans either....Mmmmm!

In the pic above is Glasson Dock at the end of the east quay as we will never see it again....pity because I think it looked rather attractive then.
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