BIRDING THE LUNE ESTUARY, THE FOREST OF BOWLAND AND BEYOND.

Friday, 15 April 2011

The Friday Round.


Well here's a little beauty to brighten up and start any blog post the female Wheatear, usually everyone's first migrant.....I luv um!

Wheatear. Brian Rafferty

With JB/BT we got off to a good start by finding the Little Ringed Plover pair on Freeman's Pools which eventually gave us the evidence that they intend breeding here again this year by mating, great stuff, but these two will need all the luck they can get to overcome all manner of predation and disturbance natural or otherwise....here's hoping. Also of note a fine summer plumage Little Grebe and Willow Warbler in song. Along the path to Aldcliffe at least 2 Blackcap males and a female, and a 'few' Goldfinch in the area.

At Conder Green, 2 Spotted Redshank, a Greenshank, and Common Sandpiper. On the Lune Estuary 52 Black-tailed Godwit, c.300 Redshank, and a pair of Goosander to note. At Cockersands, the c.350 Bar-tailed Godwit which I saw on Tuesday were seen distant beyond Crook Farm, also c.80 Black-tailed Godwit with a similar number of 80 Redshank, 12 Eider off Plover Scar, about 6 Tree Sparrow were around Bank Houses, off Moss Lane the 2 Whooper Swans still here, and a good count of 80 Linnet were accompanied by a single female Brambling, a Peregrine Falcon over put several Lapwing into panic mode.

Off Gulf Lane the Little Owl was duly on view, and the farmers enemy in a newly sown field were at least 200 Wood Pigeon. On Pilling Marsh, c.600 Pink-footed Geese still around, and at Fluke Hall a Lesser Whitethroat skulked in the hedgerow. From Braides 2 Whooper Swans were with 42 Mute Swans.

And....

Kestrel. Phil Slade

The female Kestrel, another little beauty to end any blog post on....With photography well excecuted as always by BR/PS.   

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