BIRDING THE LUNE ESTUARY, THE FOREST OF BOWLAND AND BEYOND.
Monday, 28 December 2009
Keen as Mustard!
Well keen enough to take the pic below of Conder Pool as the sun came up, it's the view to the southeast of the pool which is the only section not frozen but will be in the morning.
Well, if like me you thought the Common Sandpiper had given up on wintering here again this year having not been seen by me since 10 November (22 Nov LDBWS) you were not just too clever but wrong as well as it was found on my second visit here today at 3.00 pm, and how many times has a second visit to many a location paid off for me......recommended if possible.
Back to the beginning......I gave Conder Green a full 2 hours including a circuit which produced, hanging on in on Conder Pool, 45 Lapwing, 26 Mallard, 7 Snipe, 4 Shelduck, and a pair of Wigeon, by the platform a Reed Bunting, Song Thrush, and Dunnock. Just one on the pool but nine in the Conder Channel equals the ten Little Grebe seen regularly here recently, also noted 2 Grey Plover, c.2,000 Pink-footedGeese seen from here lingering over the Hillam Lane area, later another 2,500 went south over Glasson Dock and later still in excess of 4,000 disturbed over Hillam Lane (Norbreck Farm) again. On the Lune Estuary from Glasson Dock to note, circa 1,500 Bar-tailed Godwit, 250 Golden Plover, 85Greylag,an adult Med Gull and Little Egret. Between Waterloo Cottage and Bazil Point I would estimate 135 Goldeneye seen on the River Lune again as on 4 December.
At Cockersands just 9 Eider seen off Plover Scar today, c.150 Dunlin, and 12 Black-tailed Godwit. By the time I'd walked a stop/start dawdle I was a block of ice when I arrived at the caravan park end so low estimates of 6 Greenfinch and 4 Meadow Pipit, a Grey Wagtail, 2 Reed Bunting, 6 Fieldfare, a female Kestrel, and a male Stonechat has finally arrived here again this winter, c.100 Golden Plover were scattered in the fields back to the lighthouse via the road, and 4 Brown Hare.
This notice is on a post at the entrance to Cockersands Abbey Farm and although I've not yet had an opportunity to look up the website http://www.mycoastline.org/ I think you should, and act upon it too.