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

Friday, 20 February 2009

Patchwork Rewards

An excellent tour round the local area
gave some equally excellent rewards
today in the good company of JB/BT.

At Aldcliffe the flood produced both Spotted Redshank and Green Sandpiper together with a brief Water Rail below the hedge. Another Spotted Redshank was seen on the marsh and c.60 Linnet remain in the rough area on the lane.

At Conder Green the Spotted Redshank and a Greenshank seen. Also to note was a Merlin perched on a post out on the marsh as viewed from the old railway bridge and a male and female Stonechat were on the east side of the A588 by way of a change and were presumed to be two of the three wintering birds. On the pool 4 Goldeneye, 12 Wigeon, a drake Pochard, a Little Grebe, and 3 Black - tailed Godwit were all noted.

An amazing 21 Bewick's Swan's - including three 1w winter birds - had moved to Jeremy Lane from the distant views fourteen had given me on Moss Lane on Wednesday. Also in adjacent fields were c.2,000 Pink - footed Geese.

At Cockersands, at least 270 Black - tailed Godwit seen, with another 30 on a flood on Moss Lane and c.160 on the Lune at Glasson Dock the total came to 460+ at three locations.

In the field opposite Sand Villa again today c.75 Whooper Swan seen. An invasion into Fylde territory gave excellent views of a Short - eared Owl hunting once again though from a personal point of view I'd much rather have seen this bird- and the many previous sightings of these beautiful creatures on Bradshaw Lane - hunting the uplands of the Trough of Bowland anytime. Just up the road 23 Corn Bunting were on the wires at the feeding station.

A Raven was reported to me over Canon Hill mid- afternoon heading towards Aldcliffe.

With apologies for another empty picture box......an 'excellent' days birding.

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