BIRDING THE LUNE ESTUARY, THE UPLANDS OF BOWLAND AND BEYOND

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CELEBRATING THE GLORIOUS TWELFTH....WELCOME TO THE ' REAL' FOREST OF BOWLAND

Friday, 6 May 2011

The Latest News....


....and a couple of pics from the currently absent PS the first of which is an excellent mugshot of the lovely Linnet, and the second a Red-throated Pipit from a trip abroad.

You will have noticed I'm struggling again today for a title with at least a little originality and as you see failing miserably!!

Linnet. Phil Slade

With JB/BT as is the norm we first went to Aldcliffe and Freeman's Pools where we observed two Little Ringed Plover, it was something of a worry to see these two little creatures running around in a panic as two Carrion Crows appeared intent on finding the eggs one of the birds had only moments earlier been sitting on. So unfortunate that these birds have enough natural predation to contend with in order to succeed in their breeding attempts without the inconsiderate people using the pool and island as a place to 'have fun' as of late. At Aldcliffe Whitethroat and 2 Swift of note.

At Conder Green, a Lesser Whitethroat gave me excellent - if brief - views, also Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, Greenshank, and a Little Ringed Plover seen in flight only. A pair of Great-crested Grebe are nesting on the canal basin at Glasson Dock. On Jeremy Lane a Wheatear in the field was presumed with brief views as  'Greenland' given the date.

At Cockersands, another Wheatear, 3 Whitethroat, a male Reed Bunting, 4 Skylark, 2 Stock Dove, and a Black Swan which posed the question....is this the same bird as seen at Glasson Dock and off Moss Lane in November 2010/January 2011. On Gulf Lane yet another Whitethroat, and c.150 Carrion Crows were noted feeding in a field presumably not to the pleasure of Mr Farmer.

On Pilling Marsh c.300 Pink-footed Geese still, a Wall Brown and at least 8 Common Blue butterflies around the car park. At Fluke Hall, 5 Whitethroat brought the days total to at least eleven seen/heard, also Skylark and 5 Wall Brown. At least 8 Swift were high over Bowerham in Lancaster this evening.

And finally....

Red-throated Pipit. Phil Slade  

The Cockersands Kentish Plover I suspect has not been seen today and not since yesterday as reported at 10.40am. 

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