Tuesday, 2 October 2012

The Sandpipers Have it.

Off Cockersands. Pete Woodruff.

It was a little dodgy again yesterday at Cockersands as it had been two weeks ago when I was here, though I managed to get back to the car before the one above reached me, and this time there wasn't another six to follow....otherwise a pleasant six hours birding.

A Frosty Lunch
Goldfinch. Brian Rafferty.

At Conder Green the tide had almost taken over by the time I got here, but I noted 5 Little Grebe on Conder Pool. The circuit was a bit of a non starter but a Goosander was in the creeks, and I saw up to 80 Goldfinch very mobile out on the marsh. Nothing unusual about the Goldfinch paying a visit to Conder Green about this time of the year, in the previous two years 200 Goldfinch were here on 21 September 2010, and 150 on 27 September in 2011.

At Glasson Dock, 2 Spotted Redshank and up to 1,500 Golden Plover were to note, also the adult Whooper Swan seen again, and 2 Little Egret.    

Curlew Sandpiper
Curlew Sandpiper. Brian Rafferty.

A bit of determination at Cockersands eventually rewarded me with 5 Curlew Sandpiper, all juveniles accompanied by an interesting small group of no more than twenty birds in total, Golden PloverDunlin, and Turnstone either roosting or quietly standing about

What was left above the tide on Plover Scar held precisely 9 Dunlin, 9 Ringed Plover, and 20 Oystercatcher. Small skeins of Pink-footed Geese going south were, 55/30/20. Surprisingly most of the flooded fields have dried up in the Jeremy/Moss Lane area, but one still looked good off Moss Lane though I found nothing on it but did 'stumble' on a Buzzard preening distant on a fence post.

Thanks to BR for the brilliant photographs of the Goldfinch and the moulting adult Curlew Sandpiper. 

By the way....I assume most visitors to Birds2blog will know, if you 'clik the pik' in the posts you see a bigger and better one....hopefully!


Gary Jones said...

superb pics from BR!!

Noushka said...

Brilliant photography from Brian!
he deserves this advertising!
Well done!

Pete Woodruff said...

....'he deserves this advertising'.

Everyone is a winner with this idea of using photographers images (with permission) on Birds2blog.

1) Its amazing how many people visit my blog.

2) Whose blog they arrive here from.

3) And whose blog they go to when they leave this one.

Pete Woodruff said...

I did mean to thank you Gary/Noushka, for your visit and comments.

Brian Rafferty said...

Pete. I am blushing with all this praise !! A great day for you at Glasson/Cockersands..Thanks for the publicity and you know you are very welcome to use my images at any time. Take care.

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Hi Peter!!!.. Great shot and beautiful sky.. Cheers!!!..

Pete Woodruff said...

Brian....just an appreciation of excellent photography which I'm permitted to use on Birds2blog by yourself and 21 other photographer/birders at the last count for which I am very grateful.

Ana....thanks for the 'beautiful sky' comment. Cockersands is a beautiful place not least because of the birds to be found there.