BIRDING THE LUNE ESTUARY, THE FOREST OF BOWLAND AND BEYOND.

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

All over again!

Well not really all over again, I got no further than Cockersands today as I loitered along the way but to no avail and little - if anything - more to add to yesterdays excellent day along the coast. Needless to say I achieved no photographs worthy of going public with so I 'nicked' - with my fully up to date permit issued by the intrepid traveler Colin Bushell - a couple of Colins Peruvian exotica with the Franklins Gulls on the Lima coast above, and the truly amazing Inca Tern at Pucusana below.
Back to the reality of Conder Green where there are now 11 Little Grebe, the Ruff obliged yet again in the creeks, also Spotted Redshank, Common Sandpiper, and Kingfisher, the Goldeneye was still on Conder Pool. At Glasson Dock an adult Mediterranean Gull again, the Golden Plover number stood at around 1,200, c.850 Knot and c.720 Bar-tailed Godwit were to note, a Little Egret was again over by Waterloo Cottage.
I spent in excess of an hour at Cockersands sifting through good numbers of Redshank and Dunlin between Crook Farm and Crook Cottage to no avail, then went to the caravan park end to spend a similar length of time sifting through several hundred Black-headed Gulls again to no avail but did note 4 Little Egret, and if there are any Wigeon in this area of Morecambe Bay then its here but yet to be counted as I ran out of time and the light was rapidly fading. On the way home down Moss Lane I spotted c.25 Fieldfare from a moving car.
A year ago tomorrow (28 October 2008) John Bateman and I observed a truly amazing 300+ Whooper Swans in a field in the Cogie Hill area. I have a distinct feeling this is an event which will never be repeated anywhere near this area again.

7 comments:

Colin Bushell said...

Evening Pete. At least I think it is! Glad you liked the Inca Tern - never get tired of looking at those. Guess what - got the Ribble L b Dowitcher this morning too! It was great keeping up to date on their whereabouts on blogs like yours and Bill Aspin's while I was away. Sad eh? Keep up the good work.
Colin

Pete Woodruff said...

Good to hear from you again Colin.

Talking of 'keep up the good work'......you too.

Pete.

Brian Rafferty said...

Pete.Your Monday blog was titled "Idleness". Idle you are certainly NOT ... Two days on the trot out birding, good for you. You do work so hard on your local patch.

If you fancy a change of scene next week I think we could be due a look at the Ribble Marshes. Good tides I think and Hesketh Out Marsh etc could be worth a look.

Pete Woodruff said...

Ready when you are BR.

Bhavesh Chhatbar said...

Whoa!! I'm just amazed by your photography.

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Warren Baker said...

Glad you liked the Blue Tit photo Pete.

Keep up the visits, something exciting wil turn up again!

Pete Woodruff said...

Thanks for comments Warren and to Bhavesh who please note NOT my photography but credited according to whoever the image belongs to.