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.

Thursday, 16 July 2009

A Change of Day.

Apparently based on Fridays weather forecast the JB/BT/PW weekly birding day was brought forward to today, as a result such is the condition of my brain cells these days that all day tomorrow I'll be wondering why its not Saturday, anyway this was the result......
As ever BT's car yet again appeared to make its own way to Aldcliffe only to stand at the gate at the bottom of Aldcliffe Hall Lane a few minutes before we leave (not a criticism but a fact) where the only records I achieved were a Small Tortoiseshell - in itself an excellent record - and a Comma. At Conder Green 14 Common Sandpiper again illustrated the importance of the place for this early returning wader, also 2 Spotted Redshank were again on the pool with a solitary Black - tailed Godwit, a Reed Warbler was in song upstream from the road bridge, and at least 120 Redshank were on the pool and on the Conder. At the interesting looking pond entering Glasson Dock by the mini roundabout we saw 'lots' of male and female Common Blue Damselfly and 4 Small Skipper.

On the canal basin two pairs of Great - crested Grebe seen today had one and two young, and a female Tufted Duck had a single young. The Lune Estuary is still rather 'quiet' but at least 500 Redshank and the first returning c.80 Dunlin were noted, and c.6 Long - tailed Tit were in trees by the Vic Hotel. From Bodie Hill 2 Little Egret were seen by Bazil Point and a Brown Hare was on Glasson Marsh. At Cockersands were I decided to walk from the lighthouse to the Caravan Park - and I'm not sure why - I noted a Whimbrel calling on Plover Scar, a 'few' Tree Sparrow around Bank Houses, and saw a smart male Greenfinch a species which is still on the way to becoming a 'mega', and a Sedge Warbler heard from the car on Moss Lane.

From here on just one bird made it into my book when a Little Grebe was heard on the West Pool at Pilling Lane Ends and where butterflies noted were, at least as good count as Tuesday with at least 14 Gatekeeper seen again , 4 Small Skipper, a Green - veined White, and a Painted Lady which for the umpteenth time this summer poses the question......where are the Common Blues ?


I managed another couple of pics for the blog again today of a Gatekeeper and Green - veined White both at Pilling Lane Ends.






1 comment:

Brian Rafferty said...

Hi Pete. Another good day for you with the birds and the butts. I was up Whitbarrow earlier this week and there were plenty of Graylings, the odd Dark Green Frit and one or two common blues.