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.

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Up And Down Again.

I was up to Bowland yesterday morning, and down to the coast in the afternoon....What a truly brilliant area we live in, upland birding in the morning, and coastal birding 30 minutes later in the afternoon.

I was off to a good start yesterday and was at Marshaw by 8.15am and collected some nice rewards for the four hours I put in between Marshaw and Trough Bridge.


Spotted Flycatcher. Copy Permitted.

The bird in the image above was at Bank End today, and it was good to find 5 Spotted Flycatcher had found their way back to the Tower Lodge area again this year....I probably missed another five. 


Pied Flycatcher Paul Foster

A singing male Pied Flycatcher was at Tower Lodge where I found two on 17 May, I've had no personal evidence of any females in the area. Also of note, a Cuckoo heard several times, 2 Redstart both singing males, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Dipper, 3 Treecreeper, 4 Mistle Thrush, 4 Willow Warbler, a male Siskin, and a healthy population of at least 12 Grey Wagtail including a young bird being fed. 

At Conder Green where I visited nowhere beyond the viewing platform and saw the female Scaup, a distant Common Sandpiper surprised me, viewed from the west end of the pool  and made me jump to attention for 2 seconds with the Temminck's Stint in mind, another surprise was a Little Ringed Plover, only my second sighting this year since my first two here on 2 April.

At Cockersands I had no time other than to check Plover Scar at high tide to count 455 Ringed Plover, and up to 100 Dunlin. I also checked Conder Pool and Cockersands today but little to add to yesterday with Plover Scar deserted to the extent that when a Peregrine Falcon flew over not a single wader came up off the scar. Nine Eider and a Whitethroat were to note.

Swallows.


Swallow. Pete Woodruff.

Of particular note at Cockersands today was the continuing late passage of Swallows with some House Martin in the mix. I reckon the Swallows were passing and heading north at the rate of 100 per hour in the three hours I was there today. I see this at best as 'very late, and not good'.   

3 comments:

Martin Jump said...

A great days birding in my mind Peter.

Sharon Whitley said...

Great post Pete - love the pied flycatcher song - there was one in full song behind the Ugly House at Capel Curig where we visited last weekend - there are few nesting pairs there apparently. Gary was photographing a male siskin on the feeders and a gentleman stopped asking what it was - when we said siskin he was adamant it wasn't a siskin but a greenfinch and then asked what the difference was - Gary left me to explain while he carried on snapping away - the man got all excited then and said it had made his day to see a siskin! We saw a couple of stonechats on the walk up Yr Eifl on the Llyn Peninsula last Saturday and a perergrine too which was a joy to see. Off to Skomer tomorrow so plenty of puffin photos with sand eels on its way! Sorry for my rambling comment - hope you're keeping well x

Pete Woodruff said...

Martin....A good day if not great, thanks.

Sharon....Always welcome to 'ramble' on here. I've been a little worried about your - and Gary's - absence from blogosphere of late.