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

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Back For More....

....and glad to be back.


One of the first birds I found on Friday at Conder Green was a Little Stint in the creeks, looking positively minuta as it fed by a Lapwing, it was also accompanied by 2 Ruff, a Spotted Redshank, and 4 Black-tailed Godwit. On Conder Pool I counted 10 Little Grebe again, 4 Snipe, and noted 3 Wigeon which will soon be joined by their kind on the Lune Estuary. Tuesdays estimated 120 Goldfinch were again flighty over the marsh, and from the coastal path I saw one or two tits moving through the bushes which had me hoping for a decent flock with a 'goodie' amongst them, but all they amounted to was 3 Long-tailed Tit and 3 Blue Tit.

I managed to get to Glasson Dock just before the incoming tide pushed about 800 waders off the south bank, around a 50/50 of Lapwing and Redshank and 6 Dunlin. I didn't gain much to qualify for the little black book at Cockersands despite my wanderings there for almost 3.5 hours. Plover Scar was completely deserted by high tide, elsewhere a Whimbrel was the only wader of note. At least 70 Tree Sparrow were in the Bank Houses area as were c.30 Goldfinch, 3 Skylark and a female Kestrel.

The Conder Common Terns....

....have now become the Lune Estuary Common Terns with two adult and two young seen here on Wednesday. The two juvenile terns were amongst the 800 waders at Glasson Dock on the south bank yesterday just as the tide was about to push them off. I also found one of the adult birds in flight and watched it dive twice to fail to take a fish, followed by a successful dive to take the small fry to feed one of the waiting young. The runt of the two has by now caught up on size with its sibling and both were here on the Lune Estuary precisely two months since the adult pair were first found on Conder Pool on 12 July. No doubt the next move these birds make will be in a southerly direction....into the sunset and bye bye.


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