BIRDING THE LUNE ESTUARY, THE UPLANDS OF BOWLAND AND BEYOND

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CLOUGHA PIKE. UNTIL RECENT YEARS THE BOWLAND STRONGHOLD FOR THE STONECHAT

Friday, 7 February 2014

Late Again!

Well you can't call a birding start of 11.30am anything other than late, but that's what time it was when I arrived at Conder Green yesterday to park up the motor and give this area and the Lune Estuary a good four hours....its just godabedun!

On Conder Pool 30 Wigeon were on view, 21 Redshank, and a Little Egret. A combined count of c.180 Teal was of 80 on the pool, and up to 100 in the creeks, another combined count of 9 Little Grebe, was of 3 on the pool, and 6 in the creeks where I found the Common Sandpiper again. The Little Grebe at Conder Green are notorious for being underneath the marsh overhang into the River Conder making them perfectly camouflaged and difficult to locate....you really do have to look for these little buggers.


Greenfinch Ana Minguez

Walking to Glasson Dock along the coastal path, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Greenfinch, 2 Great Tit, 2 Robin, and a Blackbird were noted. On the Lune Estuary, I reckon my recent counts of 700 Redshank holds fast, the odd ones out amongst the tight pack being, a Spotted Redshank, 6 Knot, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, and 2 Turnstone, the rarity here and something of a peak count in my book. Other waders estimates here today with no apologies for nice round numbers, 600 Dunlin, 300 Bar-tailed Godwit, 250 Curlew, 100 Golden Plover, and in excess of 2,500 Wigeon. A Great-crested Grebe was of note on the canal basin.


Glossy Ibis David Cookson

On the way back to Lancaster I paid a quick return visit to Thurnham Hall for my second decent view of the Glossy Ibis which was accompanied by 5 Little Egret

At least 73 Goldeneye seen in the Conder/Glasson area yesterday....

50 Lune Estuary
16 Glasson Canal Basin
7 Conder Pool

And finally....


Peregrine Falcon Phillip Tomkinson


Here's a case with four ticks in the box supporting the view against the safety record of wind turbines and bird strikes. See an excellent illustrated account about the demise of one of four Peregrine Falcons Here 

3 comments:

Adam said...

cute finch

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Fantastic Halcon.. Cool pictures.. Cheers!!!..

Pete Woodruff said...

Yes the Greenfinch, ones of Ana's many stunning photographs. Thanks for you continued looking in on Birds2blog Adam.

A fantastic falcon, and cool pictures as you say....Thank You Ana.