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

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Meanwhile....

Back On The Ranch.


I got to Plover Scar on Thursday just before high tide to eventually arrive at an estimated little over 400 waders, 250 Golden Plover, 150 Dunlin, 8 Ringed Plover, 2 Knot - one of which still retained fading red underparts - and a single Turnstone. Around 20 Linnet were on the headland, and good numbers of Swallow seen today with lots feeding over the fields at Cockersands. A wander down to Bank End produced 3 Black-tailed Godwitup to 100 Redshank with fewer Dunlin, and a Kestrel seen.



Painted Lady. P.Tomkinson @ Wildsnaps 

It's often good for butterflies along the stretch from Cockerham Country Park to Bank End and today I collected 11 species, being the same 9 species list as Wednesdays with two to add, being Painted Lady and Red Admiral.

Having disappeared recently, the Spoonbill was back on the Lune Estuary at Glasson Dock just upstream from the mouth of the Conder, 15 Little Egret were also of note. The Spoonbill was reported again at mid-day yesterday.

At Conder Green I could find only 2 Common Sandpiper in the creeks, with 3 Greenshank and a Snipe. Three Little Grebe were all that lit up Conder Pool.

Bee-eater.

Rare in the UK, Bee-eaters are breeding at Low Gelt Quarry which is just SW of Brampton off the A69 at Grid Reference NY522588, they can be seen from the car park, but better still from a viewing area 200m away from the nest....Bee there!

Thanks to Phillip for the excellent Painted Lady, and to Noushka for the Dunlin and the Bee-eater header. 

3 comments:

Richard Pegler said...

11 species of butterfly during one walk is quite impressive, Pete!

I'm amazed at the Bee-eaters breeding so far north. I thought those in the south of UK to be remarkable enough. It's sad to reflect, however, that this is probably due to climate change, and the gaining of Bee-eaters is probably matched by the loss of another species.

Thank you for the correction to my recent post.

Best wishes - - - - Richard

Bob Bushell said...

Great next sighting of the Bee-eater, fantastic.

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