Thursday, 27 March 2014

The Stork....

....and some other birds.

White Stork Isidro Ortiz 

Yesterday morning I gratefully received a text to tell me of a White Stork heading SE towards Conder Green. I was soon able to pursue the possibility the bird had made landfall somewhere in this area but to no avail. Thanks to the RBA pager service there was three follow up reports of White Stork later that day, one north over Seaforth in Liverpool, followed by one north over Fleetwood on the Fylde, followed by another NW over Thornton also on the Fylde. An interesting turn of events regarding the White Stork which moved about quite a bit over the space of four hours and I think has yet to be seen on the ground.  

Avocet. Artwork Sharon Whitley 

Well I missed the White Stork but didn't miss the Avocet on the Lune Estuary which I found at the mouth of the Conder Estuary soon after setting up at Glasson Dock. Another record here yesterday was the excellent increase in the count of up to 520 Black-tailed Godwit at least 200 of which were on the east bank at Sunderland Point. Also of note on the estuary, c.30 Bar-tailed Godwit84 Curlew, Mondays drake Pintail with a pair of Pochard equally unusual on the River Lune here, 15 Goldeneye, c.120 Wigeon, 6 Greylag, a Goosander, and 3 Red-breasted Merganser

Pink-footed Geese. Howard Stockdale.

On Colloway Marsh, at least 1,500 Pink-footed Geese, and whilst looking over the canal basin a Kingfisher flew the entire length and disappeared up the canal. At Conder Green, in excess of 100 Meadow Pipit went over the marsh seen off the coastal path, and excellent views of a Scandinavian Rock Pipit on Conder Pool, also in the area....

2 Spotted Redshank   
4 Black-tailed Godwit 
5 Goldeneye                
11 Tufted Duck            
4 Wigeon                     
3 Dunnock                   
Little Grebe
Little Egret

Many thanks to Isidro for the silhouetted White Stork, Howard for the PFG, and to Sharon for the Avocet artwork.  

1 comment:

Noushka said...

Seeing a White stork in the UK must be something rare, No?
12 to 15 individual winter in our area, south of France and a few of them breed now again after hundred years of absence.
I hope your computer problem is solved by now! ;-)
Keep well, Pete, enjoy your weekend