Wednesday, 11 February 2009

Shanks's Pony.... Glasson Dock where the pic was
taken at 4.15 this afternoon with not
a bird in sight.

In a field at Aldcliffe at least 60 Redwing seen, and down Aldcliffe Hall Lane only a fraction of the excellent Linnet flock of yesterday with only about 20 birds seen today.

Noted between Aldcliffe and Conder Green, 2 Grey Wagtail, 6 Dunnock, 15 Blackbirds were feeding under the same hedgerow as Monday 2 February, 2 Greenfinch are not an easy bird to find these days and appears to be heading towards scarcity status, 4 Reed Bunting, 8 Goldfinch, and a Snipe flushed.

At Conder Green, 50+ Twite were very mobile, 2 Spotted Redshank, a Greenshank, 4 Little Grebe, and 5 Grey Plover may well constitute a personal best record here for the species.

Before leaving Aldcliffe I had walked to Freemans Pools and returned via the coastal path but I had met Dan and Steve when I got back to the crossing gates and had seen nothing to add to Steve's comprehensive list of sightings which he should always be complimented on. However, the subject of recording is worth an article as I myself often wonder were the cut-off point should realistically be when reporting birds on a 4/5 times a week basis and in particular always from the same area/s. The best single example would be that you wouldn't record seeing 2,500 Starlings on - lets say - four consecutive days all at the same location, and what about corvids/gulls as another example of recording neglect. But enough of this......another time perhaps.
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