Black-tailed Godwit/Knot Conder Pool. Pete Woodruff.
When I arrived at Conder Green yesterday morning I was met by the amazing sight of what resulted in a count of 610 Black-tailed Godwit on Conder Pool. I haven't searched my records yet, but I recall arriving at the pool one morning in March a few years ago to estimate a mix of 1,000 Black-tailed Godwit and Knot, a few of which are in the above poor quality image. I don't remember the ratio on that occasion, but think the number of BTG was slightly less than yesterdays. One record for sure, I never saw Knot on Conder Pool before or since this date.
There are now 2 Common Sandpiper at Conder Green along with 2 Spotted Redshank, up to 8 Sand Martin were over the pool, and a Dunnock was in song by the viewing platform.
Swallow Simon Hawtin
At Cockersands, at least 10 Swallow over in singles during my visit, 3 Wheatear, last Thursdays 120 Linnet again in stubble, 4 Skylark, and c.200 Golden Plover in flight like rockets over the fields then out of view. On Plover Scar at high tide, a mere eighteen waders, 12 Dunlin, 3 Ringed Plover, and singles of Turnstone, Redshank, and Oystercatcher.
And at Glasson Dock on the Lune Estuary on the falling tide, c.220 Black-tailed Godwit were almost certainly part of the earlier Conder Pool flock, c.60 Bar-tailed Godwit, c.450 Redshank, a drake Red-breasted Merganser, and 4 Greylag at the Conder mouth. Off Bodie Hill I counted 12 Eider and 3 Goldeneye.
The Spotted Flycatchers are coming and will probably be somewhere to the south of your house anytime soon!
Spotted Flycatcher Astland Photography
Thanks to Simon and Peter and Susan for the brilliant images.