Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Deep Depression!

No not the weather, just me getting fed up with being off the birding road again since last Friday. But living in hope this might change in the next few minutes when I jump up and away from this computer.

Meanwhile, to avoid a hole developing in Birds2blog, a couple of notes on the Lune Estuary....

Ringed Plover.

I note a record of 95 Ringed Plover on the Lune Estuary at Glasson Dock on Sunday. Seen as a build up of passage birds, with 35 I found here on 21 August, and 50 seen 28 August. This is certainly something I've not personally observed here before, though round the corner and down the coast at Cockersands, I found a peak count of 450 Ringed Plover on 14 August 2013, the month and into early September when passage of this species is mainly concentrated.

Most of these autumn birds are probably heading for southern European or African wintering grounds. Of ringing recoveries the furthest movement of Ringed Plover from Britain has been of a bird found in Ghana one year in December. 

Spotted Redshank.   

Spotted Redshank Antonio Puigg @ Pasión por las aves 

The Spotted Redshank had returned to Conder Green last year on 1 July. Two months later and the bird has failed to return here this time where it has wintered in recent years. But a Spotted Redshank has been reported on the Lune Estuary at Glasson Dock on 28 July, and again last Sunday 30 August....Perhaps the very CG bird! 

Thanks to Antonio for his excellent juvenile Spotted Redshank.

I'd sooner be birding! and soon will be anytime now....owt about?


Bob Bushell said...

Wonderful Spotted Redshank image, I love it.

Pete Woodruff said...

I knew there would be at least someone somewhere out there reading this.

Thanks for looking in Bob, and for making your kind comment on Antonio's excellent juvenile Spotted Redshank.