Monday, 4 January 2010

The Iceman Cometh!

By the time I took this pic of the ship passing the Cockersands Light I was a frozen block of ice with icicles hanging from my nose - not a pretty sight - and soon after threw in the towel, but a few birds seen before that event......


......including these Knot and Turnstone roosting at high tide on Plover Scar......

.....and also including this ringed bird.

These were six of the 14 Eider off Plover Scar with 6 Red-breasted Merganser, also on the scar 52 Turnstone  were a good count, 4 Black-tailed Godwit with the same number of Bar-tailed Godwit, 6 Grey Plover was a good count here in my book, c.850 Oystercatcher, and 32 Knot. On the walk along the headland to the caravan park, the male Stonechat was put into second place on the 'Bird of the Day' award which was firmly given to the Rock Pipit a bird less likely to be found than the Stonechat anywhere in the area. Also noted, up to 12 Greenfinch, 15 Blackbird, 3 Song Thrush, a Mistle Thrush, 9 Meadow Pipit, 4 Fieldfare, and a Reed Bunting, 3 Brown Hare included one running off Plover Scar to escape the incoming tide.

Of note on the Lune Estuary a Glasson Dock at least 135 Goldeneye here again today leaving numbers anywhere else in the area in the shade, c.150 Tufted Duck along with 7 drake Pochard were only on the River Lune because of the solid canal basin, as probably were 3 Little Grebe, the Bar-tailed Godwit and Knot went uncounted (low hundred's) much lower in numbers than of late, three Little Egret were seen distant on Colloway Marsh. On Jeremy Lane a Little Egret flew out of a ditch as I drove by, and the Mute Swans have relocated themselves into fields here and 220 were counted.

By 2.45 pm the aforementioned icicles had formed on my nose end and I reluctantly surrendered  to the ice-age element's.


Brian Rafferty said...

Pete. Happy New Year. It's nice to get back to our usual routines. You have had an excellent day with plenty of variety and good numbers of birds, despite the icicles !!

I will be in touch soon meantime take care.

Warren Baker said...

Hi pete,
I also gave in to the elements today, most of the wildlife has moved on or are staying hidden away anyway

Pete Woodruff said...

Thanks for this BR/WB.

This severe weather which looks set to continue in the foreseeable future can/will probably have some serious consequences for the bird's.

I understand a wild-fowling ban is now in place from today in Scotland and in nine days time in England. My personal opinion is that a blanket ban in the UK should have been in place today full stop.