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, 20 August 2009

This is......

......even more serious as I now have to wait until Friday to get out birding. So in the hope this isn't all becoming too monotonous - and with my thanks to Paul Baker - here's another trio from across the pond all three of which would get the lot of us (well a lot of us) diving into our cars to tear off down the road somewhere to 'twitch'.
The Baird's Sandpiper breeds in the high Arctic of N Canada and Alaska as well as the far NE Siberia and NW Greenland and is a truly long - distant migrant which winters in S America, S of the equator. When/where was the last one you saw?


Wilson's Phalarope breeds in the middle latitudes of N America extending east to S Ontario and winters in S America, mainly on the Argentinian pampas.


The breeding range of the Killdeer is quite variable and includes N and C America, the W Indies and S America from Peru to N Chile. Northerly breeders winter in the coastal and southern US, and Killdeers from the Great Lakes and NE Canada are known to winter in mainly south - eastern USA.
I've never seen any of these birds yet......how about you.

3 comments:

Colin Bushell said...

Hi Pete,

Baird's seem to be getting scarce nowadays don't they? Something that slipped under my radar until someone pointed it out last autumn following a reported bird in Dumfries & Galloway last year.
One of my fondest memories from birding in Latin America is a flock of Wilson's Phals on an Altiplano lake in Bolivia a few years back. As for Killdeer, it's a bird I see on 99% of my trips to S America but have I seen one in the UK? No. Part apathy granted but when I moved to Lancs I could (and still can) imagine one with the Lapwings at Pilling Lane Ends ....

Colin

Pete Marsh said...

Spare kiosk for you on Morecambe Prom & free tarot cards (Wilsons Phal)

Pete Woodruff said...

Yes, a well timed idea for a post yesterday and a female turning up at Martin Mere this afternoon......'spare kiosk for you on M'cbe prom & free tarot cards'......nice one Pete.

Colin, I could see NO Lapwings at Pilling Lane Ends today let alone a Killdeer, but nothing quite like wishful thinking.

I really think its worth another mention about the Wilson's Phalarope in that the species is a great globe trotter with known records from South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand, and one found dead (date?) on Alexander Island in Antarctica is/was the most southerly wader ever recorded.

Thanks Pete/Colin for comments.