BIRDING THE LUNE ESTUARY, THE UPLANDS OF BOWLAND AND BEYOND

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ISLAND MERE LEIGHTON MOSS RSPB. PETE WOODRUFF.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Small Fry!

Nothing to hit the headlines yesterday with just small fry seen, but I did get out birding and that's all that matters to me.


Redshank With Turnstone Roost Findlay Wilde 

Conder Pool was quite lively with waders seeking a roost over the high 10.40m tide, with an estimated 220 Redshank and 150 Dunlin on here. Also 10 Snipe and a 'few' Curlew, the resident Spotted Redshank and Common Sandpiper, with 2 Goldeneye and 5 Tufted Duck. A male Reed Bunting appeared in the road and began feeding on spilt grain off a passing lorry. The Lune Estuary at Glasson Dock continued with an unimpressive streak and produced just 45 Black-tailed Godwit of note, with 2 Goldeneye, and a mere 8 Wigeon, seen as left overs from the wintering hundreds here.


Ringed Plover Brian Rafferty

At Cockersands the count of 185 Whooper Swan was something like 50% down on recent numbers. The Black Swan remains here, and the estimated 2,000 Golden Plover is an increase in the flock here for several days now, with a single Ringed Plover in the same field on a flooded section, c.30 Linnet were highly mobile, and up to 400 Black-tailed Godwit were off Crook Farm....Nothing small fry about them!

Migrants....still waiting and not even another Wheatear to be seen today.

Thanks for the images Findlay/Brian, much appreciated.



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