....'A Bit More Like It' today with JB/BT and at least by way of a change we attacked Aldcliffe from a different angle as this time we went via the town route and along the quay. The Smew redhead gave good views on Freeman's Pools but still hasn't succumbed to having its pic taken, also to note on here, 12 Gadwall, and 3 Shoveler. In the area a male Bullfinch, 3 Greenfinch, and 2 Fieldfare were of note.
At Conder Green a Merlin was soon found on the marsh as was a Rock Pipit and 2 Meadow Pipits. In the channels a Grey Plover and Little Grebe, and I let JB do the rest of the counts here today as I found nothing else to add to my records of yesterday. On the Lune Estuary from Glasson Dock counts of circa 2,300 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1,875 Lapwing, 100 Dunlin, 50 Golden Plover, and a count of 25 Goldeneye and a Grey Plover. From Bodie Hill another 52 Goldeneye and c.60 Black-tailed Godwit seen. And on Jeremy Lane a count of 16 Bewick's Swans and 4 Whooper Swans was excellent. At Cockersands whilst I walked along the headland from the lighthouse to the Caravan Park I let JB do the record honours once again via the road with BT.
On Pilling Marsh an excellent c.300 Whooper Swans....would be well worth enquiring how many were at Martin Mere at 3.55 this afternoon. And the day ended well with the drive to Fluke Hall rewarded with 2 Ruff in the same field as the Lapwings pictured - in the excuse for a photograph by me - above....nice letterbox format though!
I'd seen this Little Egret yesterday on Jeremy Lane, it had come out of a ditch as it had done for Phil Slade who managed this excellent image of the bird. Please visit his blog here http://anotherbirdblog.blogspot.com/ and also linked from my sidebar for some good photoghraphs and equally good commentary on his birding day's....Thanks for this Phil.
Little Egrets seen today at....Aldcliffe, Conder Green, Glasson Marsh, Cockersands, and Pilling Marsh.