BIRDING THE LUNE ESTUARY, THE UPLANDS OF BOWLAND AND BEYOND

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CELEBRATING THE GLORIOUS TWELFTH....WELCOME TO THE ' REAL' FOREST OF BOWLAND

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Grey Day.

After the great one day wonder re the weather yesterday it was as you were again today with cloud and a cold wind throughout. Undeterred I was out and about with JB and where else would we start - until things change/improve - but Conder Green where we soon found a lone Little - ringed Plover - more about that later - followed by a Spotted Redshank and a Greenshank. On Conder Pool a single Wigeon and 1st summer drake Goldeneye, 2 Linnet were seen here again today, not a regular occurrence, also 2 Brown Hare here are unusual. On the Lune Estuary 7 Wigeon were truthfully the only birds of any note here today and clearly illustrated the changes in 'birdlife landscape' season by season.


At Cockersands, at least 50 Eider were as last Friday, a Little Egret was on Plover Scar, and 2 Wheatear on the headland. At the Caravan Park 10 Whimbrel were seen off here along with a solitary Black - tailed Godwit. On Pilling Marsh it was something of a surprise to see up to 2,000 Pink - footed Geese still on here, also a Jay was by the entrance to Lane Ends car park.


Things are really only happening slowly and I remain intrigued by the small numbers of Swallow's being seen. At well after 5.00pm this evening I had received just 36 pager messages in total for the day and three hours later it had increased by just twenty.


I've noted report's of just one LRP on Conder Pool recently and JB and I saw the same today which gives us two options, 1) There is just the one bird, 2) The other is sitting....I know which one I'm going for. As for the pic today, it shows the anti-social neighbour - the LBB Gull - the birds on Conder Pool are going to have to put up with over the coming weeks not least of all the important LRP chick/s....if there are going to be any!




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