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

Monday, 9 February 2009

Todays Notes.

As the tide pushed onto the marsh at
Conder Green a Greenshank was revealed, also a Spotted Redshank and 3 Snipe. These marshes must be one of the best in the area for Jack Snipe (seen here on previous occasions) but not the easiest of marsh to negotiate having many hidden channels and holes to break your ankle in and along time since I tried it out with 3 JS seen, the 3 Stonechat were on here again today. The Common Sandpiper was trying to break through the iced over grass on the 'shelf' at the back of Conder Pool and surely must have been wondering once again were it went wrong last autumn, 3 Little Grebe also noted.

On Jeremy Lane a Little Egret was in a field with c.200 Common Gull.

At Cockersands 42 Twite were in the trees and adjacent stubble field by Bank Houses where the Little Owl was again hiding in a tree. I also took note of 5 Brown Hare in Abbey Farm fields.

In the field opposite Sand Villa 66 Whooper Swan counted, and a male Ruff was in a field off Backsand Lane with 250+ Black-tailed Godwit. And at Fluke Hall 20+ Twite were the first I saw this winter in this area just west of the slipway, also a Little Egret here. A Song Thrush was in song just north of the picnic area at Conder Green this late afternoon when I called in on the way home to see if I could achieve an in excess of 100 Twite figure for the day with the Conder birds but they were not playing ball and so it remains at c.62.

I 'missed' a few birds in the area I covered today - White-fronted Geese, Brent Goose, Bean Goose, and hybrid Ross's Goose x Pink-footed Goose - but you can't be everywhere can you!

Don't think I need to explain where the pic was taken......but at least they're birds and more in keeping with the blog.
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