Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Another good 'tern' out......

Fifteen of the 170 Sandwich Tern's at Knott End this afternoon. Knott End where - having seen 2 adult Mediterranean Gull's - there was at least 170 Sandwich Tern's mid afternoon, later 56 were counted at Cockers Dyke where 12 Grey Plover were of note. A Peregrine Falcon was hunting Pilling Marsh.

But the day with JB started as ever at Conder Green where it was relatively quiet but in two visits here - one at the start and another at the end of the day - 9 Greenshank were seen, 3 Common Sandpiper, a single Black - tailed Godwit, and 2 Snipe. At Glasson Dock a Peregrine Falcon very soon followed by rain the size of fifty pence pieces put paid to any hopes of counting waders - though JB has some estimates here - but not before counting up to 400 Golden Plover and finding an adult Mediterranean Gull.
The heavy rain dried up by the time we reached Cockersands and were able to estimate some waders with no apologies for nice cosy round figures like......300 Redshank, 200 Dunlin, 120 Ringed Plover, and 3 Golden Plover, yet another hunting Peregrine Falcon put every bird in sight to the usual sheer panic. Up to 30 Tree Sparrow's were enjoying the harvest in a barley field near Bank Houses.
Ringing visitors to the blog (if there are any) may be interested to know I succeeded in reading two today at Knott End, they were attached to the legs of Herring Gull's and the readings were......WB5G/WC6W.


Brian Rafferty said...

You are a busy man Pete !! Two days on the trot on your local patch. You must have earned plenty of brownie points ?? As usual plenty of variety and what a good count of Sarnie Terns. We must meet up again sometime. Maybe on next month's hide tides Southport area ?? Take care.

Pete Woodruff said...

Sounds good to me......the Southport meet that is. Thanks for comments Brian.