Saturday, 4 October 2014

Little Grebe Hit The Heights.

Little Grebe Warren Baker

On Thursday Conder Pool came up with the highest number so far this autumn when I counted 17 Little Grebe, this count equals the same I made here on 29 October last year....18 needed now for an all time best count. A Common SandpiperSpotted Redshank, 62 Redshank, 2 Snipe, a solitary Dunlin, and Little Egret were all in the creeks.

Linnets On The Wire. Pete Woodruff.

A chunk of my time at Cockersands was taken up getting to grips with a flock I initially picked up distant, but being a flighty bunch they came closer at times, though most of the time they were down in the long grass. But from the outset I had a good idea what I was looking at and eventually they were seen as a high count of at least 300 Linnet. But in flight with them, and on the ground whilst looking round the area, I found Meadow Pipit and Skylark, with Tree Sparrow and Reed Buntingat one point I estimated in excess of 350 birds in the air together....something of a spectacle.

I wandered out on to Plover Scar to find c.400 Oystercatcher, with a number of Redshank, Curlew, and Dunlin. Thirteen Eider, 25 Wigeon, and 2 Great-crested Grebe were off Plover Scar, and off Crook Farm, c.350 Golden Plover, and 30 Turnstone were noted. True to tradition 3 Wheatear were around the abbey, and a Kestrel and 4 Little Egret seen.

Common Sandpiper at Conder Green.

I note a report of 3 Common Sandpiper on Conder Pool yesterday. 

Thanks to SP for allowing the excellent 1 October Cockersands Merlin to show in the new header on Birds2blog....I think I recognise the wall. Thanks also to WB for the equally excellent Little Grebe, and to PW for the 'not so excellent' from the 'dodgy' folder.   


Warren Baker said...

How do you go about counting 17 Little Grebes with all their diving and moving around the place ? ! LoL

Pete Woodruff said...

Very interesting question Warren, the answer being....not very easy to say the least. I'm never convinced about numbers like this with the LG which are up and down like yo-yo's when the are feeding and it often takes several counts to reach a conclusion. And by the way, these little buggers come up with small fry by the dozen on Conder Pool.

Germán Ibarra Zorrilla said...

Bonito post, excelente blog. Me hago amigo y seguidor. Saludos desde España.
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Noushka said...

Oho great.... One of your photos!!
Cute juvenile linnets! :)
I was unable to photograph the youngsters this season, they bred too high!!
About LG, I like Warren's comment! HAHAHA!!
I will have to wait some more to see soooo many at time, therefore when I count them I am sure of their numbers! LOL!!
Keep well Pete :)

Findlay Wilde said...

I really like your Linnet picture.

Pete Woodruff said...

Germán....Thank you for the kind comments about this post and Birds2blog. Good to hear you are a friend and follower, I appreciate all this.

Noushka....Good to see and enjoy your comments....keep counting!!

Findlay....Glad you liked my photographic efforts on the Linnets, the best I could do.