BIRDING THE LUNE ESTUARY, THE UPLANDS OF BOWLAND AND BEYOND

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CLOUGHA PIKE. UNTIL RECENT YEARS THE BOWLAND STRONGHOLD FOR THE STONECHAT

Monday, 2 May 2011

No Go....


....and another four pics, two of a couple of birds,one of which your not likely to ever see unless you intend going off on a trip to Malaysia perhaps.

If you're planning a trip into the Forest of Bowland the 'no go' is related to some info in my comments in yesterdays post where my man RS tells me of a sign at the gate to the access area on Clougha informing the visitor that the area is currently off limits due to extreme fire risk. If there is a fire risk in the Clougha/Birk Bank area it follows there will now be several areas in the FOB which are likewise off limits....Mmmmm!!

As for the pics....

Scaly-breasted Munia.

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Brown Shrike. 

The Scaly-breasted Munia I reckon you're not likely to ever see in the UK but who knows. The Brown Shrike does have records in the UK the first one being in 1985 at Grutness, Shetland where an interesting tale is attached to this sighting. A bird found in 1981 at another location on Shetland was thought by the finder to have been an Isabelline Shrike but the BBRC rejected the record whilst considering it to have been a Brown Shrike. Amazingly four years later the same person flushed a shrike with a black mask and bill, and with a bright supercilium, identical to the bird he'd seen in 1981....it was indeed a Brown Shrike having given the same man a rare second chance.

And two more pics with no waffle this time....

Four-spotted Chaser

And....

Large Red Damselfly.

Thanks to Kah Wai for the birds....and to Cliff Raby for the Chaser and Damselfly.

6 comments:

Richard Shilling said...

I hope it rains!

Pete Woodruff said...

Quick off the mark there Rich eight minutes after I posted....I call that a dedicated customer!

I bloody hope it rains too if being 'closed' is the case

Kah-Wai Lin said...

Thanks for sharing my pictures in your blog:)

Pete Woodruff said...

My pleasure along with those of my visitors hopefully Kah Wai.

Geoff Gradwell said...

I think congratulations are in order...

Kentish Plover, I'm sure it will be appearing soon.

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Pete Woodruff said...

Five minutes after your comment here Geoff....how do you do it!