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. PETE WOODRUFF.

Monday, 9 March 2009

Back to yesterday.


A major problem arose in my household last night just after starting to compose this post. To make matters much worse - on a personal level - the event may well put my birding on the back burner for who knows how long. But if you're reading this its certainly not in order to keep up to date on the problems life is likely to throw at me from time to time so try these......they're my Birds2blog.
At Conder Green, the Common Sandpiper, Greenshank, and 2 Spotted Redshank may all have become very predictable birds to see here by now but when I tire of seeing them and recording them I'll pack the whole birding thing up, also noted a Grey Plover. On Conder Pool which was a little quiet 4 Goldeneye, 2 Little Grebe, 15 Wigeon - which almost equalled the number on the Lune Estuary at Glasson Dock today - and 4 Canada Geese which could well be a first record on the pool, not sure I have ever recorded them on here before. The drake Scaup was again on the canal basin at Glasson Dock.
On the Lune Estuary - which looked more like a mid summer day bird wise - c.320 Black - tailed Godwit were to note.

From Moss Lane 3 Bewick's Swan's were still in the same field as of late but the Whooper Swan's had moved in the direction of Cockersands and into a field opposite Gardners Farm and numbered 44 today. In Abbey Farm fields three groups of Golden Plover eventually joined up and made a total of at least 850 birds - later at Backsands Lane, Pilling, another 750+ Golden Plover were seen - the Little Owl was again in the tree behind Lower Bank House, and I counted 11 Brown Hare in the area today.

At Fluke Hall 4 Stonechat today were seen as 2m/2f and when I arrived along the sea wall invading 'Fyldeland' again a Barn Owl was quartering the fields behind Ridge Farm and gave excellent views.

The pic is another 'half decent' one of the canal basin at Glasson Dock but not today, it wasn't quite so nice as this, in fact the wind at Cockersands once on the headland was quite strong and bloody cold and the place showed little of great interest......but one day!














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