Tuesday, 19 May 2009

And the winner is......

......ten lines below.

With JB today we found the birds a bit of a struggle but it wouldn't be the same if you knew what you were going to see/not going to see would it. As always JB's records will mention many more birds than mine do here though today was a little more quiet than I would like to think the norm is.
At Conder Green at least 10 Black - tailed Godwit were in the creeks again but the day got off to a poor start with the Conder Pool Little - ringed Plovers keeping their heads down and out of sight. At Glasson Dock on the Lune Estuary an Arctic Tern salvaged the visit here from a zero with excellent views of the bird fishing. On Jeremy Lane the winning bird of the day was a female Whinchat and I'm grateful to John for letting me use his photograph of this bird. In fact the day for me was a roaring success if only for seeing this excellent bird, and a roaring success for John if only for photographing it. Up to 4 Sedge Warbler were also noted along the lane.
At Cockersands the net result of our efforts was 26 Eider off Plover Scar, c.100 'waders' were a mix of approx 60 Ringed Plover and 40 Dunlin with a solitary Turnstone accompanying them. The struggle to find the birds today ended at Fluke Hall Wood were we saw a Spotted Flycatcher with the other 11 (16 May and a superb record) nowhere to be seen.


Brian Rafferty said...

Pete. Congratulations to you and JB on the whinchat.I have been searching for them and ring ouzels today in Bowland but no luck!! Mind you lousy weather didn't help. Roll on Summer !! I had a better day with redstart and a very nice spotted flycatcher, a bird I haven't seen for a long time. Take care. Brian.

Pete Woodruff said...

Good to know you're still looking in on the blog now and again Brian.
I'm hoping to find the Whinchat in the Trough in a few areas I know they should be but the weather needs to pick up. The bird today was by far the best on a day on which it was hard to connect. I'll be in touch re Ring Ouzel, but not on here.

Thanks for comments Brian.