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

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

The Green, The Dock, And The End.

High noon yesterday before I escaped the clutches of 'other things' and got myself tucked in to the Green, the Dock, and Bank End.

Spotted Redshank. Pete Woodruff.

At Conder Green, the winter resident Spotted Redshank obliged by being at rest with 5 Redshank on the near island on Conder Pool.

Unless I missed some, it looks like the 8 Little Grebe I counted on Conder Pool are the left overs from the - reported on another website - best ever peak count of 23 on 30 November. Also on the pool, 3 Goldeneye and the resident female Red-breasted Merganser, a search around the creeks turned up the Common Sandpiper.


Ruff David Cookson 

Bird numbers are of course influenced by the state of the tide, and in stark contrast to my visit to the Lune Estuary at Glasson Dock last Thursday when the tide was low and at least 12,000 waders were in view from the bowling green. Yesterday the scenery had completely changed with the tide racing in and high, but a Ruff with c.220 Redshank and 15 Dunlin close in from the bowling green, made the effort worth while as the Ruff is always a welcome bird for me anywhere in our area. I found only 9 Goldeneye and 8 Black-tailed Godwit here, the Snow Goose was again distant on Colloway Marsh.

On Jeremy Lane, 42 Greylag noted with not a single large white bird anywhere else in sight. At Bank End, at least 85 Whooper Swans were accompanied by a few uncounted Bewick's Swans.

Thanks to DC for the Ruff....brilliant bird, brilliant photography.

And Finally....

Sunset Over The Fylde. Pete Woodruff.

I managed to capture another of those famous west coast sunsets, which - if you don't mind my saying - looks even more impressive if you 'clik the pik'....as do the other two.

3 comments:

Warren Baker said...

Now that's a good sunset image Pete ;-)

Brian Rafferty said...

Have to agree with Warren, a cracking sunset image Pete. Take care.

Pete Woodruff said...

Warren/Brian....Thanks for kind comments re photograph, the sunset was an excellent and enjoyable way to end my days birding as can often be the case, right place, right time.