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.

Sunday, 10 May 2009

Opening Soon.


Actually the Cafe d' Lune by the iron railway bridge at Conder Green picnic area may now be opened but I didn't have time to check this out today, but in any case......any time now.

As a regular visitor to Conder Green I've been able to watch this excellent looking new cafe being developed along with the house which also looks much better following its 'face lift' over the past few months. I also have much admiration both for the building work undertaken by the various tradesmen in this venture and for the commitment shown by these two people towards what is obviously hoped will be a successful business. Although I haven't yet acquired the names of the people involved here I have spoken to both members of the partnership and wished them every success and my best wishes for the future at the Cafe d' Lune. I have also approached them about the possibility of placing a logbook in the cafe to log the birds seen by (hopefully) visiting birders, and to inform anyone visiting the cafe - prior to doing some birding - of 'whats about' at Conder Green and beyond. I thought it a good idea as recent history of the area has proved it to be an excellent one for birds having produced White - winged Black Tern, Pectoral Sandpiper, Black - necked Grebe, Avocet, and - to come up to date - a Cattle Egret at Sand Villa to mention but a few of the 'goodies' Conder Green and the surrounding area has had, so regarding the log book......watch this space!

Some bonus birds to add to a WeBS count today were, on Pilling Marsh a Whimbrel and Peregrine Falcon, presumably this and another one gave an excellent aerial display of attacking each other over Cockerham Moss for several minutes, c.500 Pink - footed Geese are also still on the marsh. On Glasson Marsh 33 Eider and 2 Wheatear were to note, and on Conder Pool at least 28 Black - tailed Godwit.

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