Black-tailed Godwit Martin Lofgren
The Black-tailed Godwit in breeding plumage must rank amongst the most attractive of all our waders. The male with its mantle and scapulars blotched pale red, black and grey, wing-coverts a dull grey-brown, and its throat and upper belly a superb chestnut....a wonderful sight, and to see them in their hundreds as they have been lately on the Lune Estuary is even more wonderful.
I had another decent count again yesterday and estimated 412 Black-tailed Godwit on the Lune Estuary....
300 Glasson Dock
27 Conder Pool
On Conder Pool and in the area, the trusted 2 Spotted Redshank, and Common Sandpiper obliged yet again, 5 Goldeneye still hanging on here, 2 Little Grebe included the smart one in summer coat, a Little Egret, a 'few' Meadow Pipit on the far grass bank, 2 Snipe, a female Goosander, and 3 Dunnock.
Of note on the Lune Estuary at Glasson Dock, c.240 Bar-tailed Godwit, and 9 Goldeneye seen, with 4 Eider hauled out at the Conder mouth.
Reed Bunting. Bob Bushell.
Most of my time at Cockersands was spent around a 10m plus tide, but later as it dropped 6 Bar-tailed Godwit and 4 Knot were noted off Crook Farm. Up to 60 Linnet counted in flight but mainly hidden in stubble was the best count of the species for some time here or anywhere else, 4 Skylark, a Wren, Dunnock, a one handed count of Tree Sparrow, a pair of Reed Bunting, a Snipe, and 2 Stock Dove. A Little Egret in the ditch north of Bank Houses Cottage again was followed by one seen on Plover Scar an hour later, possibly the 'ditch' bird.
The Whooper Swans in the Cockersands area since the beginning of January were spread out distant, far and wide, and over several fields, impossible to assess with any accuracy, but the number remaining is probably down by more than a half with maybe 100 birds still here.
I must admit the bird I was 'after' yesterday was my first 2014 Wheatear and I wandered around Cockersands - I was birding actually - for 4 hours like someone possessed....Wheatear....what bloody Wheatear....are these people making it up they've seen 'em....a conspiracy to deceive, mass stringers I reckon!