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.

Friday, 6 November 2009

Early Bird!

Up before daylight this morning, a lot on my mind you understand. I was at Conder Green by 8.00am, by the way the pic is of the canal behind Conder Pool - but not today - where I counted 12 Little Grebes which may be a record on here but I need to check this out. Also 2 Goldeneye, the Kingfisher flew across the pool, and a Dunnock by the screen appeared to be oblivious of me as it behaved like a car park Robin and came within inches of me, a Greenshank was in the Conder channel and an unexpected/surprising c.250 Wood Pigeon flew over going south as did at least 85 Fieldfare, 2 Tree Sparrows were with House Sparrows at the caravan park, a Little Egret came from the estuary heading towards Jeremy Lane.
At Glasson Dock on the Lune Estuary another Greenshank, circa figures of 4,000 Knot, and 2,000 Bar-tailed Godwit, with an unimpressive number of 85 Golden Plover, and figures of up to 120 Redshank, 65 Dunlin, and 350 Lapwing, 9 Goosander were seen here again as 22 October, 4 Goldeneye, and still low a low number of 32 Wigeon.
At Cockersands a Little Egret flew south as did 45 Pink-footed Geese, only 9 Eider seen by the lighthouse today and a Brown Hare at the tip of Plover Scar seemed more than a little out of context. A circular returning via the road had an almost nil result save a Reed Bunting and a Little Egret in one of the fields was possibly the one seen earlier going south, initially seen at a distance it had me hoping for a CE. From the lighthouse car park I watched one of those amazing aerial displays by 'several' thousand Knot over Middleton Sands around high tide.
So now its 12.30pm and if you've been in this area today you'll know what happened next and I found myself sat in the car yet again waiting for it to stop, to make matters even worse it did ease off a little and going against the grain I decided to be positive for once and headed off towards Pilling muttering to myself 'why are you doing this' but by the time I arrived at Pilling my inner thoughts had become more offensive and not for publication. I did actually drive up on to the the car park at Lane Ends then on to Fluke Hall and its pouring down now, I think I was trying to prove to myself that I really do need psychiatric help......I left for Lancaster and home sulking once more.

6 comments:

Brian Rafferty said...
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Brian Rafferty said...

Pete. Too many errors in my first comment so I will try again !!

Well done making the effort and enjoying the best of today's weather.Plenty of variety for you too at Conder and Cockersands.

Looking good for Monday !! I will be in touch Sunday.

Sashindoubutsu said...

Wow! Sounds like you made the most out of your day. I don't know much about the species of birds you mentioned but I do love birds and bird-watching. And I like their sounds, relaxing.^^

Bhavesh Chhatbar said...

Efforts are never wasted.

Dagdusheth Ganpati

Pete Woodruff said...

Thanks for comments everyone.

Brian......spoke to you on the telephone since.

Sash......Thanks also for following Birds2blog, will have a look in on your website soon.

Bhavesh......Will take another look at your website soon too.

Mistlethrush said...

I've seen tree sparrows with house sparrows today. It is usual for them to be together?