Friday, 5 August 2011

Around and about.

The Fridays around and about with JB/BT.

Purple Loosestrife. Pete Woodruff.

You guessed it....we first went to check out the Freeman's Pools where we found 6 Little Grebe saw 2 Jay in flight and 10 Swift over, Moorhens included six young, and a Little Ringed Plover was on the Aldcliffe flood. At Conder Green 6 Greenshank seen were four in the Conder Channel and two on Conder Pool where 2 Little Egret were seen, also on the pool an adult Spotted Redshank, and 6 Common Sandpiper in the creeks.

There's a good little pond as you drive into Glasson Dock by the mini roundabout and the countryside is awash with beautiful colour as the Purple Loosestrife above shows. This pool looks good for Dragonflies as last year proved, but only one Brown Hawker showed today with 2 Red Admiral, a Peacock, and Green-veined White. On the Lune Estuary at Glasson Dock, an adult Mediterranean Gull was distant, and at least 650 Redshank seen, otherwise the place was almost deserted.

The day became pretty bird-less from here on with a feeling of non-commitment about it. At Cockersands a Comma and Common Blue was all that found its way into my little black book, and a detour round Gulf Lane was totally fruitless. At Pilling Lane Ends, I saw 10 Gatekeeper, and a Peacock, the excellent count of at least 55 Common Blue were in the main found by BT who walked in the opposite direction to me.

At Fluke Hall, this creature caught my eye though I know not what, 4 Linnet were the only birds seen on a typical Friday brief visit and we were on our way home....I'm becoming depressed, but....

....some more of that aforementioned 'countryside awash with beautiful colour' was to be seen at Pilling Lane Ends and looks even better than it did when I photographed it last Friday and is enough to lift anyones spirits....including mine!! 


Brian Rafferty said...

Pete. The flowers at Pilling Lane Ends are fabulous...really like your lifted my spirits also. Enjoy the weekend and next week's birding.

Pete Woodruff said...

Since I took the first pic here last Friday the flowers and colours have blossomed even more making this show quite breathtaking and a credit to the parish.

Thanks for looking in/comments Brian....appreciated.

Warren Baker said...

Great to see a wildlife freindly stretch of wildflwers Pete.

The birding in early August is very roller coaster here - either a nice migrant or nothing!! :-)

John said...

Hi Pete,
The photo of the flowers at Pilling Lane Ends is indeed fabulous, as Brian said! Good to see an insect friendly stretch of countryside, getting a bit rarer where I`m from in the Cambridgeshire Fens!
The birding here has all but dried up, `forcing` me to go further afield!

Pete Woodruff said...

Welcome to Birds2blog John....thanks for looking in and your comments.

I'll look in on Hedgeland Tales at the first opportunity. Meanwhile, please keep in touch from time to time.