Sanderling. Brian Rafferty.
No accurately appropriate pics today, but an excellent mug shot of the delightful Sanderling is good enough for me to head the post. JB and I had a good look at the coastal areas of Conder Green/Glasson Dock/Cockersands today but the day was cut a little shorter than planned for more reasons than one, not least of which was the clock, and a road diversion if we wanted to go south beyond Cockersands.
A look in before the tide at Conder Green, and another five hours later at high tide produced an excellent count of 11 Greenshank, and another one of 18 Common Sandpipers which JB reckons is his highest count of the species at this location, I'd need to check my records to know if this applies to me too. Also an adult Spotted Redshank, 82 Redshank, 3 Wigeon, a Red Admirable was the only butterfly seen on the day. On the Lune Estuary from Glasson Dock, a 2nd summer Mediterranean Gull, up to 300 Bar-tailed Godwit, 275 Lapwing, and 200 Redshank all had the area beginning to look like autumn in terms of a small build up of numbers.
From Bodie Hill an adult Yellow-legged Gull gave nothing like the excellent close views I would have appreciated being the worlds number one novice when it comes to tricky or immature gulls. On Jeremy Lane a single Grey Partridge had its head just above the long grass for JB to see it in the field as we drove by. At Cockersands an adult Mediterranean Gull was off Crook Farm with c.150 Black-headed Gull, 25 Eider, and 2 Red-breasted Merganser noted, Plover Scar was unusually void of birds.
And finally, another excellent photograph....
Kestrel. Phil Slade.