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, 26 July 2013

Plus And Minus.

I'd dealt with lifes little problems by lunch time yesterday so allowed the Conder magnet to take over and found myself there about an hour before high tide. As a consequence the birds were assembling on Conder Pool and I sorted out the pluses and minuses from Wednesdays visit.


Spotted Redshank. Phillip Tomkinson. 

Seven Little Egret was one up, 6 Common Sandpiper was minus a lot, 5 Greenshank was minus one, and c.70 Redshank was minus 50, another minus was that I saw no Little Grebe. The Spotted Redshank was present and correct, as was 2 drake Wigeon and the drake Goldeneye, from the coastal path I found 2 Whitethroat and a ChiffchaffOff Jeremy Lane, a grill through in excess of 200 'gulls' in a field produced a Mediterranean Gull moulting into 2nd winter.


All at sea off Cockersands. Pete Woodruff. 

At Cockersands this weather front was on its way when I got out of the car to make a quick check of Plover Scar at high tide before it arrived threatening to drown me, I got back to the car just in time. You can pick out the lighthouse and the 2.15pm ferry out of Heysham to the right of the lighthouse. Clik the pik....its wicked. 


Dunlin. Phillip Tomkinson.   

In the time I allowed myself Plover Scar was a little more lively than of late if only for an estimate of 220 Dunlin and 2 Ringed Plover. A Whitethroat noted, and a single Red Admiral seen.

Thanks to Phillip Tomkinson at Wildsnaps for the Spotted Redshank and Dunlin.

And finally....Two of those 'can't resist this one' images.


Little Owl. Richard Pegler.

A Little Owl in a big tree, with that 'oh no its that fella with the camera again' look. A brilliant photographic example of a bird in it's natural environment ....Thanks Richard   

Griffon Vulture. Ana Minguez.

Bad, Ugly, yet Beautiful Birds and Brilliant Photography...Thanks Ana  

Probably 'off the road' until Monday....Oh dear!!

6 comments:

Chris Rohrer said...

I don't know. Those vultures are rather awesome:) As for the Sandpipers!!! And other similar looking water birds.....they are some of the most difficult for me to ID. I suppose after seeing them often, it does become easier.....but getting there.....

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Good morning Peter .. The swallow header is very pretty .. And about the Vulture .. It was impresive. Phew! .. Thank you and Have a nice day.. :-)))

Pete Woodruff said...

Chris....Good to see you here and thanks for your interest and comments, they are much appreciated.

Ana....Thanks again, always good to see you here.

Marc Heath said...

Cracking Vulture shot, a scary sight if you are an injured animal no doubt!! Keep up the good work.

Findlay Wilde said...

I really liked your stormy sea sky picture. You should use more of your pictures. From Findlay

Pete Woodruff said...

Nasty piece of work the Griffon Vulture, and an excellent image from Ana. Thanks for your encouragement to keep up the good work Marc.

Pleased you liked my 'stormy' pic Findlay, and thank you for your kind comments.