BIRDING THE LUNE ESTUARY, THE FOREST OF BOWLAND AND BEYOND.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Mellow Yellow.

Donovan....Scottish singer/songwriter 1967.

A proper day on Tuesday, with wall to wall sun and the wind dropped off nicely, all this dictated that I should leg it to Glasson Dock via Aldcliffe,Stodday, and Conder Green which turned out to be another....'Well that was a good idea Mr Woodruff'....day, and I managed 52 species along the way, most notable of which follow....


Yellow Wagtail Marc Heath 


Bird of the day was on the flood at Aldcliffe and was a stunning Yellow Wagtail which was in the company of at least 10 White Wagtail.



Little Ringed Plover Antonio Puigg 

I was also well pleased to find 7 Little Ringed Plover, three of which were also on the flood. 

Onward....and I saw/heard 10 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, and - disappointingly - just one Willow Warbler, but at least it represented my first of the year. Other notables were, a Gadwall pair on the wildfowlers pools, with Little Egret and 10 Swallow on the route.

I had little time for anything too time consuming at Conder Green - you know about the bus don't you - but noted 2 Spotted Redshank, and a Common Sandpiper. A Great-crested Grebe on Conder Pool is anything but usual and I don't recall my last one seen on here. On the Lune Estuary at Glasson Dock a good number of Black-tailed Godwit were obvious despite no time to linger, as were 3 Goldeneye, and 4 Eider.

Brimstone Warren Baker  


Best butterfly was the fly by Brimstone, and though I made no notes on butterflies I saw single figures of Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock.

Thanks to Marc, Antonio, and Warren for three brilliant and much appreciated images.

4 comments:

Adam said...

I really like the yellow wagtail

Warren Baker said...

Sounds like a good trip Pete. Struggling a bit here for spring arrivals :-(

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful blog, a lovely time, sunshine everywhere. I really do love Donovan, he was a star.

Pete Woodruff said...

Adam....Yes, a very smart looking bird.

Warren....I think 'sluggish' is the right word for spring arrivals.

Bob....Donovan had a huge following.

Thanks for your contributions.