Long live Conder Pool which produced another first today when 15 Tufted Duck seen on here were accompanied by a female with four chick's......excellent stuff. Also the Little - ringed Plover's on here continue to tease with four birds seen today as, two adult, an almost fledged young, and a juvenile presumed to be the one I saw on Monday 22 June, and I'm still not totally convinced there isn't another young bird keeping itself out of sight. Also seen here today were 2 Spotted Redshank, 4 Greenshank, 7 Common Sandpiper, a solitary Black - tailed Godwit, another Lapwing has 3 downy young, the 3 Oystercatcher young on the near shingle island are still in tact, at least 130 Redshank were in the area, there are five active House Martin nests in the eaves at River Winds, and a 'few' Teal have started to arrive back at Conder Green. I saw a Kingfisher here today - long time no see - which prompted me to check my records to find some notes from the days when I monitored these birds here much more seriously than I do these days, to find I noted that the Kingfisher was rarely seen after sightings on any date in November until any date in July the next year, so today's bird was pretty well bang on cue.
At Glasson Dock on the Lune Estuary little of note save a single Bar - tailed Godwit with two Black - tailed Godwit which brings me to review my records here on Tuesday when I noted 3 'distant' Bar - tailed Godwit......Mmmmmmm!
At Cockersands 3 Common Tern were resting on Red Buoy No 8, otherwise on a 'long hot walk' along the headland and return via the road produced only 2 Sedge Warbler, a single Meadow Pipit and male Reed Bunting. Butterflies here were at least a little 'mixed' bunch if not in quantity, 6 Painted Lady included one so worn out I found it amazing still to be on the wing, 2 Red Admiral, 8 Meadow Brown, a Small Tortoiseshell, and something of a surprise in a Small Skipper.
Thanks yet again to David Cookson for his excellent pic of the LRP, but not at Conder Pool I should add.