BIRDING THE LUNE ESTUARY, THE UPLANDS OF BOWLAND AND BEYOND
CLOUGHA PIKE UNTIL RECENT YEARS THE BOWLAND STRONGHOLD FOR THE STONECHAT. PETE WOODRUFF.
Monday, 23 November 2009
That was going to be the title for today's post 'Dull, Damp, and Dismal' when I set out but in fact it made quite a pleasant day eventually but I thought I'd leave the title as it was being I couldn't think of an alternative. From a busy day I managed to salvage four hours for birding and gave Conder Green/Glasson Dock/Cockersands a reasonable 'going over' mainly all legwork. Thanks to Brian Rafferty for the excellent but unrelated pics - other than they're birds - of a bathing Mallard and the Magpie.
At Conder Green a Spotted Redshank put in an appearance in the creeks, and on the pool I noted just 5 Little Grebe today, 2 Goldeneye, 42 Teal, 10 Snipe, and the Kingfisher flew the entire circuit of the pool in stages landing within 5 mtrs of me at one point. On the Lune Estuary at Glasson Dock a 2nd winter Mediterranean Gull was excellent, a Little Egret was over below Waterloo Cottage again, 6 Goosander, a solitary Goldeneye, and the number of 380 Wigeon had much increased here today, wader numbers were unimpressive this visit with circa 320 Bar-tailed Godwit, and 280 Golden Plover noted.
I decided on a full count of the canal basin today with 32 Coot, 15 Mallard, 10 Tufted Duck, another solitary Goldeneye, a drake Shoveler was something of a surprise on here, 8 Mute Swans were seen as a pair with six juveniles, a Little Grebe, and 2 Great-crested Grebe.
Something of an amazing transformation on Glasson Marsh from Bodie hill today which - by comparison to last Friday - was deserted and I made a hasty retreat.
At Cockersands - where by now I was running out of time - I noted a Stonechat on the same fence line I had seen one/it two weeks ago on 9 November, also 14 Eider were off Plover Scar, 35 Black-tailedGodwit and 3 Bar-tailed Godwit were in a flooded field, 3 Kestrel seen, and a Brown Hare was on the shore, and from Moss Lane c.20 Fieldfare were seen. I have noted the male Stonechat seen at Conder Green on 9 November has not been seen since, and no Stonechat/s have yet been seen at the caravan park end of Cockersands this early winter......but is the one at the lighthouse end on its way there!