BIRDING THE LUNE ESTUARY, THE FOREST OF BOWLAND AND BEYOND.

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Not a lot....


....to write home about!

But with BT, an autumn upland visit on a brilliant day weather-wise was an absolute must. However, as is often the case - especially so late in the year - there was nothing much to write home about, nor very much to write in my book, but it's essential to keep on plugging away in these areas on the principal....you never know what you're gonna discover whilst learning to accommodate nowt! 

Having no appropriate photographs associated with today's birding, I was unable to resist....

Grey Phalarope. David Cookson.

These images of the Grey Phalarope currently on Fairhaven Lake at St Annes. Thanks for these DC....brilliant is the word, and much appreciated.

A decision to go at least so far up the Hawthornthwaite track on the west side was a good decision if only to find a pair of Stonechat here. Not too surprised at that though, because although I'd found none up here on two visits - 27 January/7 April - I found 5 on 24 June, and found 9 six days later on 30 June, being a pair with 5 young, and a male and female, a pair found on 9 August were probably these two today. Also noted, 9 Red Grouse, at least 40 Meadow Pipit, and a Buzzard. Butterflies were, 3 Red Admiral, 2 Small Copper, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, and a Peacock.

A saunter up the track from Tower Lodge was a different story than that up the same track two weeks ago on 1 September when amongst other observations were 5 Spotted Flycatcher still here. Today produced 6 Coal Tit, 3 Goldcrest, a Nuthatch, a Robin, and a Blue Tit. On our way out of Lancaster we had called at Blea Tarn Reservoir to note, a Little Grebe, 2 Great-crested Grebe, at least 100 Lapwing, c.60 Mallard, 2 Cormorant, and 3 Linnet.

And finally....      

Greenshank. Phillip Tomkinson. 

Another brilliant image, this of the Greenshank and their reflections. Many thanks for this, and much appreciated PT 

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