BIRDING THE LUNE ESTUARY, THE UPLANDS OF BOWLAND AND BEYOND

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CLOUGHA PIKE UNTIL RECENT YEARS THE BOWLAND STRONGHOLD FOR THE STONECHAT. PETE WOODRUFF.

Friday, 24 August 2012

This is becoming regular!


Managed a five hour slot again yesterday covering CG/GD and C'sands....it's gotta be dun!


At Conder Green the count was down again to 3 Common Sandpiper, another noticeable was up to 15 House Martin around River Winds where I counted four still active nests. On Conder Pool, 3 Greenshank, 2 Little Grebe, a Snipe, and 2 Grey Partridge with no sign of the young reported by birders recently, and a 'long time no see' Kingfisher was excellent.

On the Lune Estuary at Glasson Dock, 5 Mediterranean Gull were all adult. I must admit to have three of these beauties in your sights all at once is the kind if thing which makes birding 'great' and went a long way to increasing my passion. Also noted, a Greenshank, the 'seemingly' resident  Spoonbill, and the adult Whooper Swan which had separated itself a little distance from the 110 Mute Swans counted.

On Moss Lane, at least 300 Sand Martin were something of a surprise and spectacle in the air and taking advantage - along with a few hundred gulls - of Mr Farmer in his tractor turning a field and obviously putting vast numbers of insect life to the wing. At Cockersands, c.30 Goldfinch were feeding on Thistle, and a Sparrowhawk over. I managed to give Plover Scar a half hour at high tide to find 3 Sanderling, the numbers appeared similar to Tuesdays count of 225 Dunlin and 125 Ringed Plover. And that was it....come in No.4 your times up!

And the pics....


Migrant Hawker. Marc Heath.

Ruddy Darter. Marc Heath. 

Well if we can't find the butterflies and dragonflies this summer we can at least see some pretty impressive images of a couple of the latter from a man in Kent who certainly knows the meaning of 'up with the lark'. Treat yourself to some excellent photography of birds and other wildlife with a look in on Reculver Birder....Thanks Marc, I really appreciate this.

6 comments:

Marc Heath said...

Cheers for the plug Pete, much appreciated. Keep up the good work.

Pete Woodruff said...

Quick off the Marc there (sorry Marc) your comment arrived five minutes after I published the post. I must return the appreciation Marc....thanks.

Brian Rafferty said...

Another super day for you Pete on the patch..great variety as always.Lovely shots of the dragons from Marc. Take care.

Martin Jump said...

Great account of your day on the coast Pete.I've never seen a sanderling at Cockersands.

Gary Jones said...

good stuff Pete, I've never seen a Spoonbill in the wild, need to get one in front of the camera!

Pete Woodruff said...

Thanks for your comments everyone much appreciated and encouraging to know I'm not 'talking to myself'.