Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Bewick's Beauties....

....and a few other birds.

With a little searching Conder Green put on a good show again yesterday with 2 Spotted Redshank, a Greenshank, Common Sandpiper, and a Grey Plover all in the creeks. On Conder Pool, 8 Little Grebe, a Little Egret, an influx of 32 Wigeon, 3 Goldeneye, 3 Snipe, 2 Tufted Duck, and a Reed Bunting which I saw along the coastal path en-route to Glasson Dock.

I found 22 Bewick's Swan, six - including two immature - on the Lune Estuary at Glasson Dock, and sixteen in a Cockersands field included three immature....Thomas Bewick (1753-1828) ornithologist and the best-known English illustrator of his generation.

Also of note on the Lune Estuary, the build up continues with 58 Goldeneye seen, also c.180 Black-tailed Godwit, 60 Dunlin, and 1,550 Wigeon noted.

Red-crested Pochard. Pete Woodruff.

The female Red-crested Pochard found on the canal basin on Saturday obliged and was reasonably close in today, though the pic above is the best my humble little pocket digi camera could do about it, a seriously cropped pic is a bit of an understatement. Also on the basin, the immature drake Scaup, at least 95 Tufted Duck, 3 Pochard being two drake and a female, and a Little Grebe.

By the time I reached Cockersands the daylight was about to start to disappear in around an hour and I squeezed in Crook Farm to Plover Scar to note c.2,500 Dunlin, 107 Black-tailed Godwit, and 3 Bar-tailed Godwit feeding on the mudflats, with 25 Turnstone on Plover Scar, and 160 Wigeon and 2 Eider drake off here. 

And finally....

 Long-eared Owl Noushka Dufort

I think the the post deserves a couple of decent photographs, and they don't come any more decent than this. So here's the long and the short of it!....

Thanks for the Long-Eared Owl Noushka....Excellent.

Short-eared Owl David Cookson 

Thanks for the Short-eared Owl David....Excellent.


Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Hi Peter .. How are you?? .. Numerous post full of wonderful pictures .. Regards from Madrid .. Very cold .. :-)))

Brian Rafferty said...

Pete. Another super day on your patch. Impressive numbers of Bewick's and great images from Noushka and David. I will ring you soon with info re red squirrels. Take care.

Noushka said...

Hi Pete!
What a nice surprise you have for me on his post!
Thanks for the honor my friend!
Great observations again, you must spend quite a lot of time watching and counting!
What can be more rewarding than spending time in nature this way!
Keep well and warm!

Pete Woodruff said...

Ana....I am well thank you and hope you are too. Glad you like the posts and pictures.

Brian....Thanks for comments and look forward to the info re Red Squirrel.

Noushka....Thank you for comments and how right you are, 'What can be more rewarding than spending time in nature this way!'.