Thursday, 5 February 2009

More of the same.

Not really, birding is NEVER more of
the same. With JB/BT today checking
out the coastal area's the highlight's of which were......

At Freemans Pools a 1w male Stonechat was excellent, two drake Gadwall and 3 drake and a female Shoveler were good records here, 2 Little Grebe and a Goldeneye were also to note on the pool. On Aldcliffe Hall Lane possibly up to 100 Linnet was a good count.

At Conder Green the 3 Stonechat showed again today, I have a 'niggle' that there may be more here and future searches will prove one way or the other, also 2 Spotted Redshank and 2 Greenshank seen today.

From Bodie Hill 2 Bewick's Swans were on the Lune Estuary.

At Cockersands the Bank Houses Little Owl was perched out in the open on a small tree but did what the Merlin did yesterday when it saw Johns camera.

In the field opposite Sand Villa today were 71 Whooper Swans and 2 Bewick's Swans. On the A588 just short of the PLE turn off a Little Egret flew over. On Backsands Lane c.100 Black-tailed Godwit were a reduction of around 200 on yesterdays count in the same field.

Straying yet again OOA (I do it all the time) at the New Lane feeding station at least 70 Corn Bunting was an excellent count, and at Bradshaw Lane Head (hope you are reading this GM) the Short-eared Owl gave prolonged and fantastic views as it quartered the field eventually taking a small vole which was taken and eaten in less than 10 seconds. It's hard to believe S E Owl's can start egg-laying in the second half of February. I think you could take bet's they won't be doing that this year if things stay as they are at the moment......will they?

The Stonechat in the pic above is one of the three at Conder Green taken on 8 January, but despite shouting to the bird to do so it wouldn't turn to me for the shot.
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