Wednesday, 29 April 2009
Tuesday, 28 April 2009
By now I was walking in the rain at Pilling Marsh but persevered and found at least 3 Whimbrel and c.500 Pink - footed Geese are still on the marsh. At Fluke Hall another 2 Wheatear seen but now the rain was getting serious, and I was getting serious too......about going home as I don't subscribe to too much 'birding by car' I'll leave that until my legs seize up.
Many thanks to Brian Rafferty for permission to post his photograph of the Curlew on this blog in order to help out with my diminishing stock of suitable pic's......stand by JB!
Friday, 24 April 2009
At 8.55 this evening no less than 11 Whiskered Tern's were at Willington Gravel Pit's in Derbyshire......WOW!
Thursday, 23 April 2009
The minute I got out of the car Willow Warbler was heard in numbers - well the bird never fails does it - I got the impression the Redstart came a close second, with males in song in fair number though I actually saw just three with a pair showing interest in a tree hole, I heard just one Tree Pipit, saw at least 12 Wheatear, a Green Woodpecker which gave excellent views 'yaffled' intermittently all day, I saw 3 Dipper including one feeding young at a nest which I watched being built when I visited here on 24 February, a healthy number of Meadow Pipit, a Song Thrush and Mistle Thrush, and 2 Treecreeper, something of a surprise was a Goosander flying upstream then returned downstream about thirty minutes later, a couple of Buzzard sightings were probably the same bird.
Tuesday, 21 April 2009
Monday, 20 April 2009
This place - and the extensive area of it which I cover - has puzzled me in excess of 10 years in that the Whinchat is rarely if ever seen here - well I do have c.3 records off passage - let alone breed here......why?
A Peregrine Falcon was reported to me on the South side of St Peters Cathedral steeple yesterday evening, and a Brimstone butterfly in the Story Institute garden on Saturday.
This smart sub adult Med Gull was on the Allan Pool at this time last year which has absolutely nothing to do with todays post....nothing new there then!
Friday, 17 April 2009
Wednesday, 15 April 2009
Tuesday, 14 April 2009
Sunday, 12 April 2009
Friday, 10 April 2009
Thursday, 9 April 2009
Wednesday, 8 April 2009
Tuesday, 7 April 2009
At Conder Green looking towards the Lune Estuary from the picnic area, similar numbers to yesterday of Bar/Black - tailed Godwit driven in quite close on the high tide giving excellent views (recommended birdwatching), also noted were c.12 Turnstone a species I'm really not aquainted with at this location, just a couple of Grey and Golden Plover's, and there were far fewer in number of Redshank and Knot and very few Dunlin to be seen. A Little Grebe and 2 Red - breasted Merganser were also to note.
On Conder Pool 2 Little - ringed Plover, 3 Spotted Redshank, a Greenshank, Common Sandpiper, and 3 Goldeneye appear to be the only ones left in the entire area. At Cockersands which by now was entirely water, c.20 Eider was half the number seen here yesterday and the only other record produced here today was a Sparrowhawk staring me in the face from the tree where I had expected to see the Little Owl behind Lower Bank House.
A visit to Bradshaw Lane produced 2 Wheater, and a quick look in at Bodie Hill gave a Little Egret on Glasson Marsh.
Monday, 6 April 2009
Sunday, 5 April 2009
Friday, 3 April 2009
Thursday, 2 April 2009
It has to be said, it took me almost four hours to find just two Stonechats the only consolation of which was to observe the male pursuing and displaying including song flight - which requires a certain amount of good luck to observe - to a female with as much determination as it took me to find them. Also noted 4 Red Grouse which were all at the top cattle grid, I don't ever recall seeing this bird any further down from here, 5 Buzzard sightings I reckon represented three birds, 3 male Reed Bunting, 7 Wheatear, I heard just 2 Wren, saw a single Pied Wagtail, and a Canada Goose, I see a pair of this species here every year, Meadow Pipit were well represented with at least 42 seen.
I decided on my arrival here that I would count the traffic (how sad is that) in both directions today just to give some idea of the amount of use this road to Slaidburn is put to and was quite surprised to find 62 cars/m'bikes had passed me in the 5.5 hours I was here and that seemed a lot of local traffic......or did the sun get the tourists/day trippers out ?
Well I did say I was running out of pic's and what a Laughing Gull at Marton Mere on 12 April 2006 has to do with the Forest of Bowland is beyond me!