BIRDING THE LUNE ESTUARY, THE UPLANDS OF BOWLAND AND BEYOND

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COVER CROP COCKERSAND. PETE WOODRUFF

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

After The Break.

After a break of three days it was good to get out birding yesterday on a nice day with some nice birds to go with it, though I had no cause to use my mobile to instigate a rave.... 

Red-eyed Vireo. John Benson.

....like the one about a small - Vireo olivaceus American songbird HERE 

Little Grebe Warren Baker  

Closer to home....Conder Pool claimed another first with 22 Little Grebe counted, also another increase with 4 Goldeneye on the pool now, 3 Goosander were hauled out on the terrace, and a Little Egret was stabbing at the shallow edge again. A Spotted Redshank and Ruff rested on the marsh at high tide.

A few thousand waders were on the Lune Estuary as viewed from the bowling green at Glasson Dock and included estimates of up to 1,000 Golden Plover, 650 Bar-tailed Godwit, 220 Dunlin, and a few Knot, 2 Spotted Redshank and 2 Greenshank were at the Conder Estuary, 2 Goosander and 7 Little Egret were also noted. As I got back to the motor 18 Long-tailed Tit came into a tree close by.

Cockersands was a delight, with no more than a light breeze as wall to wall sun broke through early afternoon, the birds were a delight too. Waders included 75 Turnstone counted on Plover Scar, 10 Ringed Plover were off Crook Farm, 2 Snipe on the marsh, Red-breasted Merganser and 2 Great-crested Grebe were on the estuary, 2 Spotted Redshank and a Greenshank were by the Cocker channel. 

Small birds included a Wheatear when I keep thinking I've seen my last, a Rock Pipit, 5 Greenfinch, a lone Tree Sparrow was in company with 8 House Sparrow, 6 Robin, 4 Blackbird, and a Wren was on the abbey ruins. 


A kestrel was within a metre on the same wire as 2 Reed Bunting, a Meadow Pipit and a Blue Tit all of which appeared oblivious of the raptor. A Buzzard was inland on a fence post and later mobbed by corvids in flight.

5 comments:

Lancashire and Lakeland Outback Adventure Wildlife Safaris said...

Hi Pete, if you were scoping Plover Scar about 12ish (did a chap in a bright yellow jacket walk past you?)then we spotted you from Pilling LE :-)

Cheers

DaveyMan

Chris Rohrer said...

It's so strange. We have the similar looking birds here. It's like a parallel universe with slight variances!

Pete Woodruff said...

Dave....No not me, but the view to C'sands through a telescope from PLE is really good isn't it.

Chris....Good to see you looking in again. Yes, slight variances in a parallel universe.

Stewart M said...

Hi there - great looking blog - I used to live just up the road from Lancaster.

It would be great if you could join in with Wild Bird Wednesday that link up bird bloggers through my photo-blog ever Wednesday. About 50 bloggers link up, including some familiar faces!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Pete Woodruff said...

Thanks for this Stewart. I've sent you an e-mail.