BIRDING THE LUNE ESTUARY, THE UPLANDS OF BOWLAND AND BEYOND

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COVER CROP COCKERSAND. PETE WOODRUFF

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Waders In On The Pool.

Conder Pool was looking decent late morning on Friday. As the tide came in it began to look even better when the waders were gradually pushed off the Conder and Lune Estuary, by the time I left at 1.00pm there was at least 80 birds present.


Ruff And Company. Pete Woodruff.

Two Common Sandpiper have it looking like we may have an extra one this winter at Conder Green, the 2 Ruff still remain here, 2 Spotted Redshank seen again, with 5 Greenshank, 3 Snipe, and 48 Redshank counted. A Kingfisher was on the outlet briefly, and the peak count of 14 Little Grebe were also present and correct again today, as were the two faithful Wigeon and a Little Egret. I saw c.60 Goldfinch over the marsh. Apologies for a repeat of my dodgy photographic efforts but couldn't resist having another shot at the Ruff. 

The Lune Estuary held too much tide for the waders to have returned but I did see 7 Ringed Plover hanging on to what little mud was uncovered. Three Little Egret seen, and a ringed Black-headed Gull could well have been 6CY seen here 1 September but was too distant to read this time.

I really should have missed out the visit to Cockersands with the clock against me, but in what short time I spent there, a Wheatear, 35 Linnet, and a Kestrel noted. 



A Stoat was ahead of the motor on Moss Lane, on the hunt and in search of a meal, and at one point did it's sit up and beg Meerkat impression.




If you plan a visit to Conder Green in early October, you might be interested in the road works sign in place at the end of the lay-by at Conder Pool. I have a feeling there may be restrictions to view the pool from the platform. 

Earlybird.


Snow Bunting. Marc Heath.

Marc Heath reports 'Early Snow' at Reculver in Kent on Thursday 25 September. Thanks Marc....excellent images of this early bird.

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