......well how original is that!
I paid two visits to Conder Green today the first was to look in on Conder Pool on my way down the road to Pilling as the tide was 'wrong' for anything decent on the estuary at Glasson Dock etc. There only appeared to be four Little Grebe on the pool this morning but some perseverance and a look in at the far end produced all ten present and correct. A group of 'swans' in a field drew my attention as I passed Sand Villa and a check through them uncovered a Whooper Swan with 15 Mute Swans. On Pilling Marsh my estimate of Pink-footed Geese here today was 15,000 with c.6,000 over Wheel Lane, so well in excess of 20,000 in the area, 2 Whooper Swan also on the marsh.
A calorie burning exercise to Cockers Dyke presented me with some wader interest to look through but didn't result in anything on the migrant front but I noted circa numbers of 355 Dunlin, 280 Golden Plover, 420 Lapwing, 325 Redshank, and accurate counts of 4 Sanderling, 2 Knot, and a solitary Ringed Plover.
Back at Conder Green the place gave good value for money again today though I can claim no fame to a rarity, I recorded in the channel downstream from the rail bridge, a Ruff, Greenshank, 2 Spotted Redshank, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, and 62 Wigeon which is a peak count in this area so far this season. On Conder Pool the Common Sandpiper put in an appearance as did the Kingfisher. The River Lune at Glasson Dock was on a 'desertion of most species' day but at least 1,400 Golden Plover and 620 Bar-tailed Godwit were both good counts.
With thanks to Brian Rafferty for today's pic Little Egrets seen were......
Lune Estuary Glasson Dock 3
Cocker Channel off Marsh Lane 2
Pilling Marsh 2
Fluke Hall 1
Cockers Dyke 1