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

Thursday, 11 September 2014

The Re-run.

On Tuesday I did a re-run of Mondays tour with only a little new of note and certainly nothing to write home about.


Kingfisher Ana Minguez

At Conder Green, two Kingfisher sightings were both in the creeks, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. On Conder Pool, 3 Common Tern were seen as two adult and a juvenile, also 6 Greenshank, 9 Little Grebe, 4 Tufted Duck, 3 Wigeon, 18 Canada Geese, and a Little Egret. Maybe the Common Sandpiper I saw is going to be a wintering bird at Conder Green, it appears to be the only one being seen now....but I could be jumping the gun on that one.


Ruff David Cookson     

Also in the creeks, one of Mondays Ruff put in an appearance, the lone Black-tailed Godwit, and 10 Snipe were in flight over the marsh. A Grey Wagtail was upstream, a Kestrel seen, and a passage of at least 120 Goldfinch over the marsh was a good count of the species in early September.

There was little of Plover Scar left above water at the height of the 10.10m tide just after mid-day, and it held just 27 waders, 19 Ringed Plover, 6 Dunlin, and 2 Turnstone. Around Bank House Cottage I noted a 'few' Tree Sparrow again, with c.30 Goldfinch and a notable count of 10 MoorhenI got a glimpse of a skulking Whitethroat on Slack Lane where 7 Greenfinch on the wires was a reasonable number of the species in these days. 

I saw 3 Little Egret come into my view south over Crook Farm and kept them in my sights for several minutes whilst they flew gaining height all the way down to Cockerham Marsh before loosing sight of them over Bank End....Little Egrets on migration!!

Lune Estuary Common Tern.

From the bowling green at Glasson Dock, I watched a Common Tern for several minutes, the bird was fishing and dived 22 times taking a small fry on 18 of them, failing on only four. I expected to see this bird fly of with its last catch to feed the young on Conder Pool, but it eventually went down on to the mud below Colloway Marsh and promptly started to preen.

Wednesday 10 September.

Two adult and two juvenile Common Tern were reported at Glasson yesterday, almost certainly the Conder Pool breeders on the brink of migration....watch this space!

Thanks to AM and DC for the excellent images....'clik the pik' to see photography at its best.

2 comments:

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Hi Peter .. Today made a post with a bird that you like very much .. I dedicate it .. Greetings from Madrid.. The second pic are fantastic.. What a colors!!!.. Cheers..

Pete Woodruff said...

Thank you Ana, you are so kind in words and pictures.

Kind Regards from Lancaster.