BIRDING THE LUNE ESTUARY, THE UPLANDS OF BOWLAND AND BEYOND

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ISLAND MERE LEIGHTON MOSS RSPB. PETE WOODRUFF.

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Jeremy's Gem!

On Jeremy Lane on Tuesday I was checking out 6 Whooper Swan to reckon five of them were the family party I saw here on 19 January and a loose adult with them this time. Distant in another field I found at least 14 Bewick's Swan with a Black Swan accompanying them. I also noted 3 Brown Hare, but wait a minute, what's this on the fence post in the middle of nowhere about a half mile away....

Stonechat Antonio Puigg 

....it's a smart little gem, a male Stonechat, well blow me over....an excellent fluke for you there Woodruff!

From Moss Lane I counted 128 Whooper Swan at SD437 538. On the canal basin, Mondays 56 Goldeneye still on here. On the Lune Estuary from the bowling green, at least 3,000 Lapwing in view from here, with c.400 Golden Plover in two groups, 4 Goldeneye, a pair of Red-breasted Merganser, and 3 Little Egret noted.


Snipe. Pete 'clik the pik' Woodruff.

On Conder Pool, 4 Snipe were tucked in on the island, 7 Little Grebe were seen as three in the creeks and four on the pool where I saw 2 Goldeneye, a pair of Goosander, 65 Mallard counted, and at least 350 Black-headed Gull under close scrutiny to no avail. The circuit produced a Blackbird, Robin, and 2 Blue Tit.

And the garden bird.


Siskin David Cookson

A Siskin in company with several Goldfinch visited our feeders on Tuesday, a MEGA for us in our little urban garden. 

6 comments:

Martin Jump said...

A great sighting of your favourite bird on your patch Pete,you wouldn`t have seen it stopping at home well done.

Findlay Wilde said...

I only really see the Siskins at my Grandma's in Wales. I did have a really nice pair of Stonechats at Frodsham Marsh at the weekend I mentioned in my blog that they made me think about you. From Findlay

Warren Baker said...

SISKIN!! Pete they have disappeared from here this year, not had one this year yet :-(

Bob Bushell said...

Lovely Stonechat, and the Siskin is a sight, well done. I haven't seen one this year.

Brian Rafferty said...

Pete. Good to bump into you on Tuesday..Long time no see!! I have since been back and with super views of the goldeneye and golden plover.Well done with the stonechat, You definitely don't need to visit Specsavers!!
Take care.

Pete Woodruff said...

Martin....One of birdings 'I don't believe it' for me when the Stonechat came into view in my telescope totally unexpected.

Findlay....Kind of you to think of me when you saw the Stonechats at Frodsham.

Warren....Yes, the Siskin was a winner for us in the garden.

Bob....Thanks for your comments.

Brian....Yes, good to see you and look forward to seeing your Golden Plover/Goldeneye images.

Thank's to all for looking in and making your comments which I note and appreciate.