Tuesday, 9 March 2010


Water Pipit courtesy of Chris Batty.

Couldn't think of a title for the post today but certainly didn't have any problems selecting three great pic's all taken locally. The Water Pipit, smart bird, smart pic and not a species to be found just anywhere but if you can find your way to The Heads on the Fylde you may just be lucky but I'll tell you what....for a start it needs to be on a high tide, and for seconds you may need to be blessed with a good amount of patience and searching. Watch out for the next suitable tides and....good luck!

Twite courtesy of Phil Slade.

Well you've had ample time to see the Twite at Knott End for a few weeks now and it's where this pic was taken today....another smart bird, another smart pic.

Something of a repeat of yesterday for me with BT today and we first called in at Conder Green but must confess didn't move from the pool viewing platform where I noted yesterdays 18 Wigeon and just one Little Grebe. On Moss Lane yesterdays 19 Whooper Swans remain, and a brief visit to Cockersands produced the female Stonechat again, about 8 Tree Sparrows were noted around the horse paddock at Bank Houses. 

In the Pilling area at least 2,000 Pink-footed Geese were seen from Back Lane, and at Fluke Hall c.75 Twite were in the same field as yesterday when I noted c.50, also in the field today at least 25 Skylarks, a Great -spotted Woodpecker was heard drumming in the woods, and a Ruff was in the stubble field again. A Little Egret flew over the A588 as we turned into the west end of Gulf Lane where the resident Little Owl starred at us as we pulled up to view, I reckon every time it sees birders do this it thinks to itself something like....Oh no not another of those idiots come to gloat at me/us! 

Pretty routine stuff today but that's birding and any birding to me is good birding.

Rock Pipit courtesy of Phil Slade.

I reckon this is as good a pic as you could hope for of the Rock Pipit....razor sharp. Thanks for these three images Chris/Phil.


Colin Bushell said...

Excellent pics of the pipits there Pete. The high tide birding when the Water and Rock Pipits are pushed up close to the banks is one of my Lancs highlights in the birding year. There are plenty more too.

Pete Woodruff said...
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Pete Woodruff said...

Thanks for comments Colin which are much appreciated as you know.

I'm pretty lucky with the photo contacts I've established and these two 'pipit' pic's are thanks to Chris Batty and Phil Slade as you know.

I also know a bloke who 'does' Latin America - amongst other location's - he also has some excellent pic's on offer!