Sunday, 30 August 2015

With Determination.

Tied up almost all day on Friday, with determination I eventually escaped, but not until after 2.00pm, enough time to take a look at Conder Green, the Lune Estuary, and a wander off Jeremy Lane and on to some accessible farmland, all of which turned out to be quite sparse, though the Lune Estuary held good numbers of waders mainly RedshankDunlin, and Lapwing, viewable from the bowling green, but all too distant and hazy for anything like easy observations. But I was able to achieve the best ever number of the species in my book when I counted at least 50 Ringed Plover. I know I'm repeating myself here, but this is not a bird to be found at all regularly on the Lune Estuary at this location, and certainly not in this number.

At Conder Green, the place was deserted, with the American gone and birders having had their fill, or decided it was no longer to be found. The place was almost deserted by the birds too, but 3 Common Sandpiper were in the creeks, 4 Little Grebe were on Conder Pool, and good numbers of Redshank and Dunlin down the channel from the railway bridge. 

Goldfinch Jan Larsson  

The permitted wander round some farmland at Lower Thurnham had me finding a flighty 25 Goldfinch2 Wheatear, a hunting Kestrel, and a Brown Hare lazing horizontally in a field.

Ban Driven Grouse Shooting.

Red Grouse Brian Rafferty 

The petition to Ban Driven Grouse Shooting has gone into snail pace mode.

After having been up and running for just two of it's life expectancy of six months, it has collected just 14,500 pitiful signatures. Mark Avery can't be anything other than extremely worried about what is heading for the second failure of this important step in the right direction to help stamp out the illegal persecution of the Hen Harrier.

I'd like to add another of my three pennyworth in promoting this petition to ask visitors to Birds2blog - and those they wish to pass the message on to who have not yet signed - if they would consider doing so right now, it will also go towards proving me wrong about the impending failure.

Obviously few want driven grouse shooting to be banned....Well there's a sickening surprise. 

The link to sign is at the top of my sidebar, and also Here    

Thanks to Marc for the shrike, Jan for the finch, and to Brian for the grouse....Brilliant on three counts.

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