BIRDING THE LUNE ESTUARY, THE UPLANDS OF BOWLAND AND BEYOND

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Wednesday, 30 September 2015

A Change Of Fieldcraft Perhaps.

Ruff. Jan Larsson @ Vingspann 

Yesterday started quite good actually, a Ruff was good enough for me in the creeks at Conder Green, and 13 Little Grebe on Conder Pool were an increase of three on the last count in my book. On the Lune Estuary at Glasson Dock, up to 560 Golden Plover were my best count so far this winter, and 10 Little Egret noted.

OK....I wasn't at Cockersands - or Glasson Dock for that matter - at the best time of the day for coastal birding - a change of fieldcraft is overdue - the 10.40m tide was at it's height at 12.45pm, but an hour prior to and at the high tide Plover Scar was completely deserted and that's definitely not good. Along the headland I found 4 Wheatear, and a solitary Meadow Pipit, 10 Tree Sparrow were around Abbey Farm, c.60 Golden Plover went over SW, and the Kestrel seen. A Buzzard soared overhead before landing in a stubble field, I often see this/a Buzzard in the Cockersands/Thurnham area, I have no idea were it/they reside, or maybe even breed somewhere around here.

Butterflies.

I did no strict counting, but saw at least 30 Red Admiral, equally as many Small Tortoiseshell, a Painted Lady, and up to 60 Silver Y moths, all at Cockersands.


Raven. Martin Lofgren @ Wild Bird Gallery 

Yesterday a lone Raven was soaring over Bowerham in Lancaster.

Thanks to Jan/Martin for their much appreciated and excellent photographs.

2 comments:

Warren Baker said...

Hi Pete,
good to see the Wheatear are still moving through, I would like one here for the October bird list :-)

Pete Woodruff said...

Wheatear, one of the first to arrive, and one of the last to leave....Guaranteed for you in October surely Warren.