....and some old records of interest.
The government have done a u-turn on the 'woodlands and forests issue' and there's nothing more needs to be said about that except....Alleluia. Lets hope the paperwork re the proposed sell off has been put down the toilet where it should have been. But first the traditional pic followed by another two excellent ones I couldn't resist....again!
Pintails. Brian Rafferty
Another one of those 'pics with a difference' with thanks to BR. The drake shows off well the origins of its name.
For some reason I couldn't summon up any enthusiasm for birding today, this is a worry and maybe perhaps I should consider psychiatric help. So I spent a positively idle morning raking through the 'old stuff' again with some interesting reminders including some which help to form my opinion about the old Dockacres Gravel Pits mentioned in yesterdays post when I hinted the preservation of an excellent wildlife reserve should have been the road taken instead of the plans to turn it into a fishing complex....Balls!
So I put a mere six Dockacres records up first from the dozens assembled over the years.
Red-crested Pochard 17 December 1994
Ruff 20 birds seen together 21 September 1994
Lesser Scaup 30 December 1994
Snow Goose 4 March 1995
Yellow-legged Gull 20 March 1995
Pied-billed Grebe 28 May 1997
Red-breasted Merganser 50 seen together off Sandylands at Morecambe 21 January 1992....WOW!
Black Tern 40 together on Eric Morecambe flood 14 May 1992....WOW!
Great-crested Grebe 120 seen off Stone Jetty Morecambe 14 November 1992....WOW!
Smew drake on the River Lune off Golden Ball 21 December 1992
Smew. Drake I found on Blea Tarn Reservoir 5 March 1993
Little Bittern Leighton Moss 30 April 1993
Curlew Sandpiper. 12 came down together in a fog on to the Allen Pool at Leighton Moss 29 August 1993
Little Bunting Fleetwood 16 January 1994....yes I do 'twitch' from time to time!
Kentish Plover Teal Bay 19 November 1994
Black Stork Quernmore 24 April 1995
Water Rail. Cliff Raby
One of the best Water Rail images I ever saw....a photographic opportunity well taken.
Snow Bunting. Ian Tallon.
Another photograph of the elusive Snow Bunting recently of Cockersands fame....Thanks for the pics CR/IT.