After yesterdays miserable attempt at some birding - rain stopped play - I thought I'd better have another go at doing the rounds again today, a much better one than yesterday which reminds me, I must try to be a little more selective with the choice of wording in my posts as people are taking me too serious when I use words like 'depressing' 'gloom' and 'shouldn't I be doing something better with my life'....all a bit tongue in cheek if you ask me.
I just gave Conder Green a quick look over as I wanted to get a bit further down the road today, Conder Pool held just 5 Little Grebe and 2 Wigeon. At Glasson Dock on the Lune Estuary 3 Mediterranean Gull were all adult, wader numbers of note were 5,000 Lapwing and 550 Golden Plover at least, 7 Bar-tailed Godwit, c.25 Black-tailed Godwit, and a distant Spotted Redshank.
Wigeon. Dave Appleton.
Pintail. Dave Appleton.
At Cockersands, a stark reminder of the time of year when I found at least 500 Wigeon off Plover Scar with 40 Pintail and 7 Eider, also of note 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Little Egret, and 3 Wheatear. Thanks to Dave Appleton for the wildfowl images.
Ringed Plover. Brian Rafferty.
From Gulf Lane 3 Ringed Plover juveniles were alone in a flooded field at Cockerham Moss Edge. Thanks to Brian Rafferty for the excellent Rossall Point juvenile. At Fluke Hall I noted a Wheatear, Dunnock, and 2 Little Egret, a Peregrine Falcon flew above c.30 Lapwing in flight ignoring them and continued east, a Red Admiral was the only butterfly seen. A healthy walk from Fluke Hall to Cockers Dyke was well rewarded when I found 3 adult Mediterranean Gull present.
Curlew/Snipe. Cliff Raby.
An excellent opportunistic photograph of a Curlew overshadowing the Snipe which was achieved from the Eric Morecambe Hide at Leighton Moss. Thanks to Cliff Raby for this, a much appreciated and perfect illustration/comparison of the two waders involved.