BIRDING THE LUNE ESTUARY, THE UPLANDS OF BOWLAND AND BEYOND

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CELEBRATING THE GLORIOUS TWELFTH....WELCOME TO THE ' REAL' FOREST OF BOWLAND

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

All Of Sudden....

....my favourite colours are yellow and blue.


My visit to Cockersands yesterday wasn't exactly a riveting affair, but it did end as such, and it was yellow. I saw 2 Wheatear on the shore at the start of their return journey south, I later saw a lone Sand Martin flying purposefully south. I saw c.20 Linnet on the headland, with a similar number of Goldfinch at Bank Houses, also 2 Whitethroat seen, one of which was feeding young somewhere with food in it's bill, and a Wren likewise with food in it's bill. Six Greenfinch were in the winter crop section of the field opposite Lighthouse Cottage.


Yellow Wagtail Martin Jump 

But before I found the Greenfinch I had seen 12 Pied Wagtail in the dried up ditch in a field to the south of Slack Lane to find a smart Yellow Wagtail with them. Driving away from Cockersands, on Moss Lane a Buzzard flew out of a tree ahead of me.

But my day started at Conder Green - nothing new there then - where 6 Common Sandpiper was today's total, with 2 Greenshank and the juvenile Ruff seen again along with 4 Little Egret all in the creeks. On Conder Pool, the only note I made was of 3 Little Grebe seen. The Spoonbill was again on the Lune Estuary at the mouth of the Conder.


Common Blue Wildsnaps  

Butterflies at Conder Green were, 2 Gatekeeper, a Small Skipper, and my first Common Blue of the year.

Thanks to Martin and to Phillip for the yellow and the blue, excellent and much appreciated.

Rejoice.

It's The Glorious Twelfth today.


Hen Harrier. Howard Stockdale.

Another Hen Harrier has been found shot dead in Scotland, a satellite tagged bird called 'Annie' was part of the Langholm cohort. Annie is now seen as another success in the furtherance of the persecution of birds of prey on the grouse moors in this country, to secure the future of the multi million pound shooting industry and the boys and girls in tweed. 

Rejoice....Alleluia.  

1 comment:

Sharon Whitley said...

That's pretty typical of the world we live in - all about money and greed :-(