BIRDING THE LUNE ESTUARY, THE UPLANDS OF BOWLAND AND BEYOND

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ISLAND MERE LEIGHTON MOSS RSPB. PETE WOODRUFF.

Thursday, 15 October 2015

But First....

....a run south down the A588.

Whooper Swans Brian Rafferty

I saw my first 26 Whooper Swans of the winter yesterday, twenty four off Fluke Hall Lane and two on the marsh off Pilling Lane Ends, c.250 Pink-footed Geese were also on the marsh with vast numbers of distant hazy waders and wildfowl. A spectacle at Fluke Hall was when a Merlin was seen chasing a large number of Dunlin flying at the speed of light low over the sea, 2 Kestrel also seen here, with 3 Red Admiral and a small number of Silver Y. A Buzzard was on a fence post close to Sand Villa.

Little Egret. Pete Woodruff.

This Little Egret was on Conder Pool where I counted 15 Little Grebe, a Common Sandpiper, 2 Ruff and 2 Snipe were in the creeks.

A juvenile Curlew Sandpiper was still on the Lune Estuary at Glasson Dock, with a Spotted Redshank, 72 Black-tailed Godwit, and 7 Snipe seen. On the canal basin I noted a Little Grebe and 16 Tufted Duck.

Greenfinch Warren Baker 


A pair of Greenfinch in our garden on Monday are something of a rarity for us.

Thanks to Brian and Warren for their excellent 'clik the pik' quality photographs.

2 comments:

Warren Baker said...

I'm always on the lookout for a ''Patch Tick'' Merlin at this time of year pete.......however fast it flies through !

Gary Jones said...

great stuff Pete, i am really looking forward to the Whoopers returning to Martin Mere