BIRDING THE LUNE ESTUARY, THE FOREST OF BOWLAND AND BEYOND.

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

2 X 2 !



A pair of these Lesser Black-backed Gull brutes are back on Conder Pool again today, bad news for just about everything else on there this breeding season if they decide to make it their home for a while. Picture is thanks to my sterling efforts in photography today. It was good for me to be able to get JB out of the house and birding once more to relieve the boredom of being housebound for him, so if it's comprehensive records you're looking for I'd suggest the LDBWS website linked from my sidebar.

 
Photograph courtesy of John Bateman.

Well they came 2 X 2 today on Conder Pool with 2 Spotted Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 2 Little Grebe, and 2 Common Sandpiper, the latter were found on the second visit here which confirms once again my view that a second visit to any location can often be a good idea, also noted on the pool were 10 Wigeon.

The tide was 'wrong' for a visit to the Lune Estuary at Glasson Dock so we decided to go to Knott End and work in reverse as it were, not the most brilliant of ideas as we noted just 9 Eider on a relatively flat sea. So now we're at Fluke Hall and a walk by me a few hundred metres west along the coastal path produced 12 Skylark, 2 Twite, and a Reed Bunting. At Pilling Lane Ends a pair of Goldeneye were noted on the east pool, and a run down Gulf Lane gave us the trusted Little Owl staring at us rather angrily as it does, also a solitary Grey Partridge seen is a bird always a pleasure to find. From Moss Lane the 19 Whooper Swans are still feeding up for the 'flight'.

At Cockersands c. 2,500 Knot were on Plover Scar and 2 Grey Plover were noted off the lighthouse car park, it's quite amazing that as many visits as you wish to make here and at Conder Green will never give you a double figure of this species in any winter month of any year at these locations combined. Off Bodie Hill c.160 Black-tailed Godwit, c.60 Wigeon, and 28 Goldeneye noted. Single Little Egrets seen today at....Fluke Hall, Bank End, and Glasson Marsh. Of note a Swallow was seen today at Fewston Reservoir in North Yorkshire.

And finally, the Yellowhammer below stands next to another species - the Corn Bunting - which I'm offering the wager of your choice that you never see either in the LDBWS recording area this year and probably never again....and that's a tragedy. The photograph is with my thanks to Phil Slade....thanks Phil.


And I know you are reading this BD and it was good to see you again this afternoon along with HD....is that High Definition by the way?

2 comments:

Warren Baker said...

Yellowhammers are going the same way on my patch pete, just one breeding pair last year. Only one heard singing so far this year. :-(

Pete Woodruff said...

Iv'e not seen one of these nor a Corn Bunting in our recording area in my 150 years birding Warren....yes that is 150!