Monday, 19 August 2013

The New Post.

Apologies for the title....the 'thinking up a title' part of my brain has apparently seized up.

Pectoral Sandpiper Marc Heath 

The Pectoral Sandpiper has no connection with this post, but this is an excellent image of the most numerous Nearctic wader on this side of the Atlantic. Thanks Marc, I wish I could have a run similar to the one you are having at the moment....great stuff and hope it continues. 'Clik the pik' its another WOW!

At Conder Green today in addition to the 'regulars' a second adult has arrived on Conder Pool to make the count 3 Little Grebe, 3 Snipe, and 3 Greenshank seen today. The regulars seen on the pool, a Little Egret, Common Sandpiper, Spotted Redshank, Goldeneye, 2 Wigeon, and 2 Teal. A Grey Wagtail was on the Conder below the road bridge.

On the Lune Estuary at Glasson Dock, I found 3 Mediterranean Gull all adult of which one retains its fading black hood, interesting in that another close by was in full winter plumage showing the variability of two moulting birds of the same species around mid-August. Wader estimates were, 2,000 Lapwing, 500 Redshank, and 75 Curlew, with notably not a single Dunlin in sight. 

Tree Sparrow Simon Hawtin  

At Cockersands, more wader estimates on and around Plover Scar, 550 Dunlin, 250 Ringed Plover, 20 Turnstone, and a 'few' Whimbrel and Golden Plover noted, 22 Eider were off the scar. A sally round brought about an excellent count of in excess of 90 Tree Sparrow at Abbey Farm, a Wheatear was on the Cockersand Abbey ruins, a solitary Black-tailed Godwit went over south, and a long dead large adult Seal was on the shingle below the abbey.

Wall Brown. Pete Woodruff.  

Also in the farmyard at Abbey Farm I found my first two Wall Brown butterflies of the year.

Thanks to Simon Hawtin for the Tree Sparrow image. I can find very few photographs of the Tree Sparrow for some reason or other.


Noushka said...

Nice post again and plenty you saw... so much more than me!!!
Yes, Marc seems quite busy these days!
He's got great pics up on blog!
I will be away a couple of days chasing species of dragonflies I don't have yet! :)
Cheerio, Pete!

Warren Baker said...

Nice Wall brown pete, a species I have never seen.

Not seen a Tree Sparrow for a number of years either,no good checking my site for a photo!! ;-)

Gary Jones said...

Great stuff Pete, good to see my little Blue Tit heading your page...thanks

Pete Woodruff said...

Noushka....Thanks, enjoy the dragonflies.

Warren....Thanks, interesting you never saw a Wall Brown butterfly, nor a Tree Sparrow for a number of years.

Gary....Thanks, the Blue Tit image is - as always - excellent and that's why its my current header.