Reed Warbler Phillip Tomkinson
The first bird I found on Wednesday at Conder Green was a Reed Warbler, appropriately in the reeds upstream from the road bridge. I had seen a bird from the road which flew into the reeds and with some persistence eventually had excellent views of this bird which has the habit of lurking amongst the vegetation and is often difficult to locate. All part of the plan to look in on this area at Conder Green and I've heard Sedge Warbler here a couple of times during the summer months but this Reed Warbler took me by surprise.
Conder Pool was quite lively with up to 550 Lapwing and 45 Redshank, obviously left overs from the high tide roost. Also noted on the pool, the 2 Little Grebe and Goldeneye, a Little Egret, and 3 Snipe which gave excellent views probing the muddy edges. The Spotted Redshank and 5 Common Sandpiper were in the creeks and another Little Egret was in the Conder channel towards the estuary and the only bird in sight on this stretch of the river.
Black-headed Gull Martin Lofgren
The Lune Estuary at Glasson Dock held small insignificant numbers of waders, but I spent most of my time here sifting through probably 400 mostly Black-headed Gull to find 2 Mediterranean Gull, a Little Egret was below Waterloo Cottage.
Black-tailed Godwit Martin Jump
At Cockersands, there was a tense time whilst a 'Mrs Hound' and a small army of half a dozen uncontrolled mutts paraded the length of Plover Scar and surrounding area, but I had a good opportunity to check the waders from Crook Cottage to Plover Scar on the incoming tide to estimate minimums of 750 Dunlin, 450 Ringed Plover, 120 Redshank, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, and a Whimbrel, 14 Eider were off Plover Scar. I had no time for a 'walkabout' today but noted a Kestrel as I left.
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Thanks to PT/ML/MJ for the excellent images in this post....'clik the pik' to see just how excellent they really are.