Friday, 24 April 2015

Wot No Sandpipers.....

....but a nice motorbike at Cockersands!

It looks like the Conder Green Common Sandpipers may have departed, including the long staying wintering bird, well at least I found none there on Wednesday, also the Curlew Sandpipers were nowhere to be seen at Cockersands either. But I did count 162 Black-tailed Godwit off Crook Farm again and feeding as the tide ebbed along with 6 Knot and a 'few' Dunlin and Redshank joining in, no doubt the BTG's will be off to Iceland any time soon.

Whimbrel Brian Rafferty 

Waders on Plover Scar at high tide were represented by up to 150 Dunlin and 50 Ringed Plover with a Whimbrel seen, a pair of Red-breasted Merganser and Great-crested Grebe were off here. Of the few other notes I made, 6 Wheatear made the top of the list, with a White Wagtail to follow, a 'few' Tree Sparrow around Bank Houses, and good views of a nice Skylark.

At Conder Green, the Spotted Redshank shows no sign of any departure yet and has been joined recently by a Greenshank, the lone antisocial Black-tailed Godwit was still present, and I counted 22 Tufted Duck on Conder Pool which seems to have gone 'off the boil' of late.

It's quite interesting that the pair of Lesser Black-backed Gulls seem to have taken a liking to Conder Pool for several weeks now. I find it hard to believe in the event of any Common Terns showing up they will create an alliance of any kind with them, they were bedded down again comfortably by the 'nest boxes' on Wednesday.

Never mind the bird....what about the bike!  

If you like a nice bike, there was one parked up at the Lighthouse Cottage car park on Wednesday, owned by a nice man I spoke with who didn't mind my reminding him that the 'fast boys' call these Harley-Davidson machines 'pussy cat' bikes.

Wednesday's Birds. 

A reported Grasshopper Warbler at Conder Green, a Caspian Tern on the River Lune in Lancaster, not to mention 152 Sanderling on Plover Scar at Cockersands in mid-April....PHEW what next!!  


Martin Jump said...

I`ll be looking in the Trough Of Bowland for the Common Sandpipers hopefully next week Pete.

Pete Woodruff said...

Start at the iron bridge across Marshaw Wyre Martin.

Brian Rafferty said...

Pete.I can just see you on that super motor bike !!!
You would get around the patch in no time !!

Take care and enjoy the weekend.

Pete Woodruff said...
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Pete Woodruff said...

Doubt if I would have known how to lift it off it's parking prop let alone ride it Brian.

My delete above, unacceptable spelling error.