BIRDING THE LUNE ESTUARY, THE FOREST OF BOWLAND AND BEYOND.

Friday, 27 September 2013

....and the Goldeneye is back.

Well blow me over....The Conder Pool Goldeneye is back, it spent the greater part of summer here, the last time I saw it was on 19 August, but it had a section of the creeks to itself when I found it yesterday....so where's the little bugger been to these past five weeks.


Kingfisher Marc Heath

Also of note at Conder Green yesterday, a Kingfisher flew the entire length of the pool moments after a Grey Wagtail had flown the breadth, I could only find 6 Little Grebe on Conder Pool, a Ruff, Little Egret and a Snipe. Fifteen Goldfinch noted, and c.50 Teal not one of which could have been turned into a Garganey seen here recently. The Lune Estuary at Glasson Dock was quiet again saved by at least 550 Golden Plover, a Mediterranean Gull, and a Little Egret, wader numbers were at an absolute minimum though the usual - uncounted - Lapwing were present in good number.


Little Stint Cockerham Sands. Copy Permitted.

At Cockersands an 8.00m tide saved the waders from being 'washed out' and large numbers fed on the Cocker Estuary tide line as viewed off Cockersands Caravan Park and included 3 Curlew Sandpiper and a Little Stint, a Mediterranean Gull gave excellent close views, and a single Bar-tailed Godwit and Little Egret were also noted. A Red Admiral and a 'few' Small Tortoiseshell seen. 

And finally....


Curlew Sandpiper/Redshank. Howard Stockdale.

An excellent image of the Curlew Sandpiper on a fly past with Redshank. A great photographic opportunity used to good effect Howard....Many Thanks. Also Many Thanks to Marc Heath for the excellent Kingfisher image. Like you said Marc, with a camera in your hands and a Kingfisher in view....you just can't say no. 

1 comment:

Sharon Whitley said...

Would love to see a big flock of golden plover like that, hopefully now winter's on the way I will on our travels, great photos as always Pete