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

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

All Twite In The End!

The title is just about as bad as they come....

But the last sighting I had yesterday was of c.50 Twite in stubble at Fluke Hall. On the marsh I noted 8 Meadow Pipit on the wing, also 2 Reed Bunting, and 2 Little Egret. Off Fluke Hall Lane, at least 55 Golden Plover in another stubble field, and on the marsh at Pilling Lane Ends c.450 Pink-footed Geese.

Mute Swans/Whooper Swan. Pete Woodruff.

At Cockersands this lone Whooper Swan was with 28 Mute Swan off Slack Lane, and the count still stands at c.265 Whooper Swan off Moss Lane. Also of note, up to 20 Linnet were good in and around the cover crop section of the field by lighthouse cottage, 8 Tree Sparrow, 2 Reed Bunting, and a Kestrel. A Peregrine Falcon livened things up and caused a murmuration of several hundred Starlings.


Skylark Martin Jump.  

There was signs of a good number of Skylark around at Cockersands, in stubble and difficult to get to grips with on numbers.


Brown Hare.Martin Jump. 

I was reliably informed in a conversation with two visiting photographers that a count they made from Glasson Dock to Cockersands resulted in 30 Brown Hare being seen. Thanks to Martin Jump for the Skylark and the 'boxers', just two from a set of several excellent images.

On the Lune Estuary at Glasson Dock, c.75 Black-tailed Godwit, just a remnant of 45 Wigeon and a pair of Red-breasted Merganser. On the canal basin, a Little Grebe and Great-crested Grebe were both in fine summer plumage. At Conder Green a Spotted Redshank seen, but most notable was the complete absence of Little Grebe and just one Wigeon.

The number continues to dwindle with only 23 Goldeneye seen....

15 Lune Estuary
  6 Conder Pool
  2 Canal Basin

The Moss Lane Whooper Swans.

There have been Whooper Swans in fields off Moss Lane at Cockersands since 14 January when I estimated 100 birds, this figure soon built up to around 265 as seen again today. But it is reasonable to suggest they moved on to the Lune Estuary off Plover Scar where they had been seen some time after I left the area at 1.45pm....See Here 

5 comments:

Martin Jump said...

An incredible number of hares Pete,I`ll have to check it out.Hope to see you on my travels soon.

Pete Woodruff said...

Doesn't beat my record over the same route between GD/C'sands a few years ago now which totalled 35 Brown Hares. But the 30 was good news as I was thinking we were seeing less of them in this historically excellent area.

Good to hear from you again and much appreciated Martin.

Bob Bushell said...

A massive amount of Hares there, and the Skylark is something special.

Pete Woodruff said...

Bob....Always excellent for the Brown Hares at Cockersands.

Good to have you looking in on Birds2blog which I appreciate very much.

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Hi Peter .. What a fun courtship of hares .. :-)))