Snow Bunting. Pete Woodruff.
A bit of persistence in birding nearly always pays off and a bit of it did do today at Cockersands where I located the 1st winter male Snow Bunting again, pity it had its back to me for the pic before flying off.
Rock Pipit. Geoff Gradwell
Also 5 Rock Pipits two of which accompanied the Snow Bunting on the inland edge of Plover Scar. Other birds of note, 28 Turnstone, 5 Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Goldeneye, 3 Eider, 12 Blackbirds in the horse paddock at Bank Houses, 4 Whooper Swans were seen from the headland in a field some distance inland. A Redshank 'screaming' as it flew past me had a Peregrine Falcon in pursuit and luckily got away with its life on this occasion. At least 70 Linnet were at the set-aside again.
On Jeremy Lane I could only find 2 Whooper Swans today an adult and immature, the Little Owl was perched quietly on one of the beams in the old farm building. On the canal basin at Glasson Dock, 8 Goldeneye and 2 Pochard drakes were of note. On the Lune Estuary I noted estimates of 220 Black-tailed Godwit, 50 Bar-tailed Godwit, and 200 Golden Plover, 3 Goosander, and 4 Goldeneye were also of note.
At Conder Green a crawl round the circuit revealed absolutely zero of note save a Spotted Redshank in the creeks, and on Conder Pool 5 Goldeneye, just 2 Wigeon drakes, 10 Tufted Duck, and 2 Canada Geese.
Twite. Geoff Gradwell
A nice little pic of the nice little Twite on the railings at Knott End. I know you will view the blog sooner or later Geoff and it was good to see you this afternoon to put a face to the name....Hope you like the pics and many thanks for them.