It doesn't take much to make a birding day for me 'a decent birding day' and Thursday was a good example, the weather was perfect and there was some nice sightings with evidence of movement....and it doesn't have to be a Siberian Rubythroat for me!
Snipe Astland Photography
Five Snipe gave me excellent views on Conder Pool where I noted 4 Cormorant as a bit of a peak count on here for me, all in the 'drying out' mode. Also 3 Little Grebe, the number of which will no doubt build up on the pool over the autumn/winter months probably into a double figure. I noted a good number of Swallow - probably up to 100 - and a few House Martin hawking in the area today, 2 Common Sandpiper and 6 Teal were in the creeks, and the Spotted Redshank was downstream from the old railway bridge almost at the Conder mouth.
Kingfisher Ana Minguez
Upstream from the road bridge I found my first Kingfisher at Conder Green since 18 December 2012 when I saw two birds here.
On the Lune Estuary I found 2 Mediterranean Gull, and estimated 220 Golden Plover, the Lapwing and Redshank were too distant and too spread out to fire up any enthusiasm to do a count, 9 Greylag went drifting by on the falling tide, and a Little Egret seen.
Sanderling Martin Lofgren
At Cockersands, Plover Scar came good at high tide if only because a juvenile Curlew Sandpiper and 8 Sanderling were present there, amongst an estimate of 350 Dunlin and 250 Ringed Plover. Along the headland, 4 Wheatear and 25 Linnet, with just 3 Tree Sparrow seen around Bank Houses.
Common Blue Warren Baker
The large number of 'whites' aside, I saw just fifteen butterflies in six hours on a perfect day for them....5 Wall Brown, 5 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Common Blue, and 2 Peacock....
A DECENT DAYS BIRDING.
Thanks to Peter and Susan/Ana/Martin/Warren for their respective photographs, all as excellent as ever, even more excellent with a 'clik the pik'.
Wasp nests destroyed.
This ad was in my sidebar yesterday under 'Get This'. Though I'm prepared to accept there are cases where this destruction is necessary, I'd suggest in the vast majority of cases this guy is making £45 out of people with an unjustifiable dislike for Wasps and for no other reason.