Friday, 23 March 2012

The hat-trick!

I got out birding yesterday for the third time in over five months - not good for the soul - and managed an excellent six hours in the Conder/Glasson/Cockersands area.

Scaup. Copy Permitted.

I had to be back in Lancaster by 1.00pm, so to get my six hours in I was at Conder Green by 6.30am....and that's what I call living. The very bird in the pic above was the first bird I recorded in my little black book today, the drake Scaup was on Conder Pool in the company of 14 Tufted Duck, also noted on the pool, a Common Sandpiper, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Wigeon, and 3 Little Grebe. A circuit produced 3 Spotted Redshank, a Greenshank, and a Little Egret all in the creeks.

Viewing the Lune Estuary from Glasson Dock it was interesting to note at least 250 Shelduck here, a similar number of Curlew were too distant for comfort as were c.160 'godwit' which I took to be Bar-tailed Godwit. The estuary was otherwise pretty quiet with barely a double figure of 'gulls' to be seen and not a Goldeneye in sight. 

Black-tailed Godwit David Cookson 

Off Bodie Hill I counted 45 Black-tailed Godwit and 65 Wigeon. Thanks to DC for the excellent image of the BTG.

So by now I've used up three of my six hours, the next three I spent at Cockersands, during which time took in one or two nooks/crannies and an enjoyable circuit. I think my best record here was the sight of 15 Grey Plover, a number unheard of in my book and a scarce species here though regular in low single figures, or have I been visiting Cockersands at the wrong time for all these years. Also of note on a quiet Plover Scar as the tide came in, as counts go these are pretty accurate, 45 Knot, 18 Turnstone, 12 Dunlin, 4 Ringed Plover, with Oystercatchers unchecked, 19 Eider were by the lighthouse.

Wheatear Phil Slade 

On the circuit, having found a Ruff on a flood, with my back to another field I had been thinking the field behind me is good for the species I was really 'out to get' today, and yes....2 Wheatear were excellent on my day of escapism, in another field up to 650 Golden Plover were resting quietly. I have no idea of the numbers in this area at the moment but I only saw 2 Tree Sparrows today. I know I'm not the recorders friend on this one but a 'few' Meadow Pipits were noted, as were Skylarks, about eight of the latter. Thanks to PS for the Wheatear.

And finally....

Lesser-spotted Woodpecker Tony Duckett  

Just to annoy the 'local' birders who won't have seen one in years in our recording area and beyond - if ever - another cracking little photograph of the cracking little Lesser-spotted Woodpecker....Thanks to TD and Regents Park Birds.


Brian Rafferty said...

Pete. So glad you managed to get out birding again and what a super six hours you had. Your patch at Glasson and Cockersands has missed your prescence.What great weather also to bring in the summer visitors.

news said...

Hi Pete Hope to be joining you again soon All the best JWB.

Warren Baker said...

Bet your a happy man indeed - six hours birding.......heaven :-)

I keep checking for Wheatears here but nothing yet :-(

Pete Woodruff said...


By far the best six hours in five months plus.


Can't wait.


Very happy. Your first Wheatear can't possibly be very far away....keep looking.