Monday, 12 August 2013

Running Late.

Like the last time I went to London on the train it was running late, and this is an account of my birding day last Thursday....running late.

Back to the grindstone as it were, and I was back to Conder Green on Thursday following my trek up Clougha Pike and over Birk Bank the previous day which had to be worth the effort and a success if only to find the pair of Stonechat and a Painted Lady up there.

With nothing 'new' at Conder Green, a Little Egret was the first in view once more on Conder Pool, with the resident 2 Little Grebe, 2 Wigeon, the Goldeneye, and 2 Teal. Also noted were 47 Redshank and 35 Lapwing, with a Common Sandpiper in what was left of the creeks above water at near high tide.  

Peregrine Falcon Martin Jump 

On arrival at Glasson Dock to view the Lune Estuary a Peregrine Falcon soon came on the scene and put up every bird on the estuary here en masse, but I think this bird just wanted to cause upset as it soon disappeared off the scene. Your image is brilliant Martin....Thank You.

I found 3 Mediterranean Gull amongst the large congregation of gulls, two adult and a 2nd winter. Also Tuesdays Ruff still here with up to 2,000 Redshank and up to 3,000 Dunlin, only 8 Golden Plover here today with 3 Little Egret seen. Interestingly only a small remnant of the huge 5,000 Lapwing count on Tuesday, and very few Curlew seen.      

Common Blue Warren Baker  

On Plover Scar at high tide Cockersands, 19 Whimbrel, 17 Ringed Plover, and 13 Dunlin. A walk along the headland produced a Wheatear and 7 Linnet. Butterflies were 6 Common Blue, 5 Peacock, and a Red Admiral. Thanks for the excellent Common Blue Warren.

And finally....

Sparrowhawk/Starling Christian Thompson  

Yet another image I've labelled 'excellent'. The writing round this photograph describes it as....'a Sparrowhawk attempting to prey on a waterfall of Starlings'....I'm impressed Christian....Thank You.


Warren Baker said...

Still waiting for my first Autumn Wheatear here Pete :-)

I got a nice new butterfly species for my patch today though :-)

Adam said...

cool falcon