Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Flying your Kite!

White-tailed Kite. Colin Bushell.

Well hows that for struggling for a title and not remotely connected with the post I'm about to write. But connected to an excellent photograph of the bird above - which I'd hazard a guess you won't be seeing in the UK any time soon - seen by CB on his latest trip to Peru....Thanks for this - and the one below - Colin.

With JB today we started at a quiet Conder Green with just 2 Little Grebe seen again on the pool though 5 Wigeon is something of an increase, and the Kingfisher brightened up the visit here. At Glasson Dock on the Lune Estuary the Bar-tailed Godwit/Knot were more obliging today being opposite the viewpoint and allowing us a more accurate estimate of 1,500/6,500 respectively until they took to flight in a spectacle you'd pay money to see. Also of note, 5 Goosander, a solitary Black-tailed Godwit, and a Little Egret. From Bodie Hill yesterdays 2 Whooper Swans, c.800 Wigeon, 22 Goldeneye, and a Black Swan in company with c.95 Mute Swans

In a field opposite Sand Villa, 4 adult and a juvenile Whooper Swan. At Knott End c.15 Twite, but a visit to LDBWS will show JB saw more including a comprehensive list from elsewhere. At Cockers Dyke an adult Mediterranean Gull and a Little Egret were to note. On Fluke Hall Lane, 12 Whooper Swans and 2 Ruff, a brief look in at Pilling Marsh produced 4 Whooper Swans and 2 Little Egrets.

And finally....

Pectoral Sandpiper. Colin Bushell.

As opposed to the bird at the top here's one you have a very good chance of finding/seeing in the UK. The Pectoral Sandpiper is the most numerous Nearctic wader on this side of the Atlantic, during the years 1958/85 an average of 52 a year were found, and in fact as many as 150 were recorded in a single year in 1984.

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