Little Grebe courtesy of David Cookson.
Although I did find two of these today the photograph above is otherwise unrelated to the post. However the truth is, wildlife photography doesn't come any better than this....thanks David.
Conder Pool did it again today - the second consecutive visit by me it has done so - by delivering another first with 5 Spotted Redshanks in company with at least 320 Redshank and a Greenshank, also 5 Knot, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 18 Oystercatcher, and a solitary Dunlin, also noted was a Little Grebe, and a Goosander. In turn a Brown Hare put every Redshank up as it ran the full length of the terrace at the back of the pool where they were roosting, and the Lesser-Black backed Gull pair arriving on the scene had the same effect with every bird on the island they landed on and decided to set up their roost there. A Kestrel was over the pool being harassed by a Magpie. On Jeremy Lane just 6 Whooper Swans today.
At Cockersands with the 10m+ tide almost at it's height the waders were non existent but c.550 Golden Plover were restless and in the air all the time I had them in view on the return leg of the circuit via the road, also at least 60 Meadow Pipits were in stubble making them impossible to count with any accuracy, and without setting out to count them today I noted 11 Brown Hare.
With a couple of hours to tea time I decide to trespass into Aldcliffe territory to do the circuit and find 2 Little-ringed Plovers on Freeman's Pools with 2 Goldeneye and a Little Grebe to note. On the marsh, 3 Little Egret and a Wheatear, elsewhere on the round c.15 Linnet, a Reed Bunting, and 2 Long-tailed Tits. I saw my first Swallow today at Cockersands followed by two more later at Aldcliffe.
And it's rather unfortunate that I have to end on a down note with a subject which never fails to rouse me, one which I also never fail to get 'heavy' about, and one I always advertise when possible, when I hear of a young Otter found dead in the Lune Valley with an apparent bullet hole below the shoulder....Wildlife persecution lives on and thrives in the 21st century.