Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Yellow....Legs And Tail!

Mondays birding started yellow, and ended yellow.

River Conder. Conder Green. Pete Woodruff.

Tourism at Conder Green has taken an upturn since the arrival of a North American wader which was still present for it's third day yesterday.

As far as I know the Lesser Yellowlegs has remained in precisely this area of the creeks since it was found on Sunday morning - 'clik the pik' for a full frame view - it was on the waterline between the two boats on both occasions I went there.

Lesser Yellowlegs and Co. Pete Woodruff,

I got my second helping of the Lesser Yellowlegs when I visited there again on Monday, and put in a little effort at photographing the bird with the only publishable shots including some intruders when one of 2 Ruff, a Black-headed Gull, and a Mute Swan all got in on the act.

Also of note, 5 Common Sandpiper including one on Conder Pool, where 3 Little Grebe, and the Kingfisher put in another appearance, this time perched distant below the terrace at the far side. At least 80 Redshank and 10 Dunlin were downstream from the railway bridge.

On the Lune Estuary at Glasson Dock, 2 Mediterranean Gull were both adult, also 5 Black-tailed Godwit, and up to 3,000 Lapwing present.

Linnet. Pete Woodruff.

These four were from a number I estimated to be 350 strong at Cockersands last year on 2 October. At Cockersands on Monday, a flock of c.120 Linnet were along the headland, with 2 Wheatear also here, 3 Greenfinch were along Slack Lane.

On the way to Bank End, apart from several white butterflies, the only other one seen was a Gatekeeper. The trek here was rewarded by the sight of a stunning male Yellow Wagtail....yellow start, yellow finish. 

Talking of yellow....

At least 500 Yellow Wagtails at Dungeness Observatory in Kent on Sunday, probably came down in a downpour, not prepared to continue their journey across an expanse of water in such conditions.


Noushka said...

Hello Pete,
First, sorry for not having visited your blog sooner but we've been away quite a bit and now we have quite a few opportunities at foxes, Roe deers and Wild boars so I spend much time "out there"!!!!
I had a look at your previous posts, all quite interesting, especially the House martins having 2 or 3 clutches this season and having help from the young of early broods... Just like the Long tailed tits!
Thanks for your visit, keep well and enjoy the end of the week :)

Pete Woodruff said...

Good to hear from you again Noushka, with no apologies needed but thank you for that.

Kind Regards.

Warren Baker said...

Now I like that Linnet image Pete, nice one.

Pete Woodruff said...

You've seen it before on Birds2blog, but thanks for the comment all the same Warren, you know how much I appreciate it.