I was a bit late off the block this morning so had to put Plan B in place and when I arrived at Conder Pool I was confronted by some lunatic on one of the islands complete with camera, I just could not believe my eyes. Rather than appear arrogant (well would I) by shouting at this person I locked up the car and proceeded on foot via the road to the gate on the right hand side of the Cockerham Road with the view to asking this person - diplomatically if possible - if he could give me some indication that he had a genuine reason for his actions, but in the few minutes it took me to get there the aforementioned lunatic had melted away with no sign of him in either direction on the canal path. I'm being really kind about the tag I'm giving this inconsiderate, irresponsible idiot but I just don't believe these people think they have the right to behave in this way. Needless to say the pool was void of a single bird save two Swallows over. In the creeks I managed to find a Spotted Redshank, 4 Greenshank, a Common Sandpiper, and a Black - tailed Godwit. Numbers of waders on the Lune Estuary at Glasson Dock are building up with circa numbers of 3,000 Lapwing, 2,250 Redshank, 525 Dunlin, 200 Curlew. At Cockersands, in truth the only bird that qualified for my notes was a Whimbrel. And at Fluke Hall, by now I had thrown in the towel for ever finding anything in the bird world today but did note large numbers of 'white' butterflies, 6 Painted Lady, 2 Peacock, a Gatekeeper, a Small Copper, and perhaps best of all 8 Small Tortoiseshell with one pictured above.
When I called in at Pilling Lane Ends to check the excellent bank for butterflies to the left of the car park I viewed in horror at the scene in the picture above. This action by the council workers happened at more or less the precise date last year when I contacted the local council and told them about the conservation issue and the premature cutting operation here. A few days ago I had seen a man trimming the edges here and all but approached him to ask if he thought the council would be planning 'the cut' any time soon but didn't bother......I wish.
So ends D Day!