BIRDING THE LUNE ESTUARY, THE UPLANDS OF BOWLAND AND BEYOND

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ALDCLIFFE MARSH HIGH TIDE. PETE WOODRUFF.

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Nice One!

Sanderling. David Cookson @ D C Images 


When I arrived at Plover Scar yesterday the number of waders present at high tide stood at a paltry eight birds, being 6 Dunlin and 2 Turnstone, but just five minutes later the number had risen to sixteen when 8 Sanderling flew in as a nice mid-September record for me and for Cockersands.
  
Wheatear. Pete Woodruff.


Other notes at Cockersands, up to 170 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 45 Herring Gull, and 18 Black-headed Gull were off the scar, 3 Wheatear on the headland, 6 Tree Sparrow around Bank Houses, and the local Kestrel seen again. 

Little Stint. Jan Larsson @ Vingspann 


Thanks to Fylde birder AC and his reliable and recently regular text messages to me, I eventually had decent if distant views of the juvenile Little Stint off Bank End Farm, and a Sparrowhawk which had taken out a Starling came to land close by to proceed with it's meal. On the wander back from here I saw c.60 Linnet

Little of any significance on the Lune Estuary at Glasson Dock, but a Spotted Redshank with Redshank was hoovering up along the tide-line, c.65 Wigeon and a Great-crested Grebe noted, and a Peregrine Falcon was surveying the landscape on Colloway Marsh.

A Conder Green where I started the day at near high tide, a Spotted Redshank and Greenshank seen, with 8 Little Grebe and a Great-crested Grebe of note on Conder Pool. I saw 3 House Martin around Cafe d' Lune still, but had no evidence of any approach towards any nests, and at least 50 Goldfinch were flighty over the marsh.

Thanks to DC/JL for their excellent photographs. 

3 comments:

Derek Faulkner said...

Interesting to finally see a well balanced reply from the government to Mr. Avery's petition. And after two petitions I imagine it is as good as he is going to get.

Pete Woodruff said...

I'm not about to discuss this here Derek. But Mr Avery's petition was never going to change any aspect of the £250 million shooting industry, which this time around looks like it's heading for a bigger failure than the last one.

Derek Faulkner said...

Thanks Pete, what you've said was enough.