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

Saturday, 19 April 2014

As if....

....I had nothing better to do I got my fourth days birding in a row on Thursday, what's the world coming to I ask myself.

There's nothing particularly good about Conder Pool at the moment in that it's basically a lake with a couple of sunken islands, a large grassy area at the eastern end, and a grassy bank along the back edge and little to attract the waders. But as if to contradict all this, when I arrived there again on Thursday there was a minimum of 700 Black-tailed Godwit, add to this figure the beauty of this elegant tall wader in it's summer finery and boy was this a sight for sore eyes.

When the excitement died down with me I also noted the 2 Spotted Redshank progressing into their summer 'black as the devils waistcoat' plumage as my old mentor JL called it, also 2 Common Sandpiper, a Great-crested Grebe still here, and a few Swallow and Sand Martin hawking.


Turnstone. Plover Scar. Cockersands. Howard Stockdale.


At Cockersands I decided to travel light and just don my bino's - a mistake I nearly always avoid making - and got to Plover Scar to find a selection of waders - uncountable with any accuracy in a cold in your face howler - but would suggest,  60 Turnstone,  90 Dunlin,  and a 'few' Ringed Plover. On the round I counted 9 Wheatear,  c.80 Golden Plover in an Abbey Farm field, saw a single Skylark, a Stock Dove, and Reed Bunting.

Reed Bunting Marc Heath 

On the Lune Estuary three hours after the high tide I estimated an all time record of up to 900 Black-tailed Godwit had assembled here, and noted none on Conder Pool on my way home. Also - with estimates rounded off - 150 Redshank, 50 Dunlin, 50 Knot, 30 Bar-tailed Godwit and a solitary Goldeneye. And on the canal basin, a pretty even mix of c.60 Sand Martin and Swallow hawking. 

I'm grateful as ever to Howard for the excellent image of a stunning long distance migrant the Turnstone on Plover Scar at Cockersands, and to Marc for his equally excellent image of the Reed Bunting. 

3 comments:

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Hi Peter!!!. I love the plumage of Turnstone .. BTW! Hoopoe!!! .. That's my friend. :-)))

Noushka said...

Hi here too Pete! ;-)
Thanks again for the franch places you sent me!
I fear this season again I won't be able to travel much for birding....
Thanks for sharing again your obs!
Keep well!

Pete Woodruff said...

How good to hear from two dedicated visitors to Birds2blog, one from Spain, and one from France.

Excellent, and your interest is much appreciated.