Monday, 13 December 2010

One million....and two!

I found two Brambling today....nothing compared to this estimated 1,000,000 in Basque country, Northern Spain....seeing is believing....turn the volume up!

I also managed a half decent pic of one of my birds but not until I'd done a circuit of Conder Green which achieved little save a Woodcock which escaped me in the split second I had it in view before I could get a 'positive' on the bird which is noted as 'an almost certain', 4 Little Grebe were alongside a drake Goosander in the creeks, as was a Grey Plover, 12 Chaffinch were noted on the coastal path. Conder Pool remains surprisingly almost frozen save a Mute Swan in an area not much bigger than itself.   

The Lune Estuary at Glasson Dock looked brilliant in the light, but nothing brilliant about the bird scene unfortunately with just c.60 Bar-tailed Godwit, 22 Goldeneye,and 3 Little Grebe to note....disappointing being it was at low tide. On Moss Lane an impressive 250 Fieldfare at least were on the masses of berry trees this year.

At Cockersands I noted no more than 15 Linnet as I drove past the set-aside and had no time to check more closely today, a single Eider and Goldeneye were by the lighthouse and another impressive number, this one was of up to 300 Pintail though difficult to get to grips with accurately because of the distance away on the low tide, and the usual unobliging mix with a similar number of Wigeon, also 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Great-crested Grebe, just 2 Grey Plover today were the only shorebirds of note. At the Caravan Park end 2 Brambling were with 9 Greenfinch, and the Banks Houses Little Owl was in the paddock bushes again sunning itself.   

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