Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Monday 27 April.

Positives First.

A decent day yesterday but with a cold wind from Iceland, especially on the headland at Cockersands where there wasn't all that much happening, but I found 2 Wheatear, saw a Whimbrel as it flew by making it's distinct rippling whistle. A 'few' Tree Sparrow were around Bank Houses, a Willow Warbler, heard the pleasant never ending song of the hovering Skylark, and saw at least 12 Linnet in a long grass field....there could have been a hundred for all I know!

Sedge Warbler Marc Heath

On Jeremy Lane, I heard my first Sedge Warbler of the year, another Whimbrel seen, a Wheatear, and Skylark.

The incoming tide on the Lune Estuary at Glasson Dock stirred up a few waders including, at least 40 Bar-tailed Godwit, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 50 Dunlin, 12 Knot, 5 Ringed Plover at best irregular here, and a Common Sandpiper. Wildfowl of note were 15 Eider and a drake Wigeon.

Greenshank/Roosting Redshank. Pete Woodruff.

Five Common Sandpiper were at Conder Green in the creeks - and here's me thinking we'd seen the back of them - along with 2 Greenshank and the lone Black-tailed Godwit. On Conder Pool, which is again more like a lake with the recent high tides, 13 Tufted Duck, 3 Goosander, Oystercatchers intent on breeding here, a hovering Kestrel, and 4 Whimbrel went over. On the circuit, 2 Whitethroat, a Chiffchaff, and a Reed Bunting noted. 

Thanks for the Sedge Warbler Marc....much appreciated. 

Negatives Last.

This is the perfect example of the kind of human behaviour birds have to regularly deal with, especially - as in this case - during the breeding season. 

Last time I saw this building a few days ago the House Martins were busy repairing last years nests which are hidden in the shadows in the picture above. Yesterday I found two compact discs glimmering and dangling from string which without doubt will have already succeeded in 'seeing off' the House Martins. A despicable and cruel act....and illegal.


Martin Jump said...

Last time I use that cafe Pete.

Pete Woodruff said...

Dependant on the outcome as this progresses, I may well post a boycott article Martin.

Richard Pegler said...

a deliberately cruel act or just the actions of an unthinking person, Pete? Perhaps a gentle and informative word with the perpetrators might be the way to go.

Whatever way, it needs to be stopped!

Best regards - - - Richard