BIRDING THE LUNE ESTUARY, THE FOREST OF BOWLAND AND BEYOND.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Making The Most Of It!

Snow Bunting Jan Larsson

Twelve months to the day - 10 November 2014 - I found a Snow Bunting on Plover Scar at Cockersands. Yesterday at Cockersands birding was nothing more than dire, and a Snow Bunting on the anniversary would have helped pull my day out of the mire.

Over the lighthouse cottage c.50 Black-tailed Godwit flew south, two hours later as I returned towards the cottage, it had to be the same fifty birds flew back north. There was a howler blowing along the headland, with nothing more than c.400 Oystercatcher on Plover Scar at high tide, 3 Greenfinch were at the Caravan Park....


Stoat. Phillip Tomkinson @ Wildsnaps

and a Stoat on the circuit was complete with a mouse between it's teeth.

Now a lake once again, Conder Pool held 3 Goosander, and 9 Little Grebe was my best of three attempts to count. The Common Sandpiper, 7 Black-tailed Godwit and c.65 Teal were of note in the creeks.

Weather and birds this was grim, I just had to make the most of it, but I would'nt have birding any other way....

Not what you will see
But rather what you might
The element of surprise
Never fails to delight

Thanks to Jan and Phillip for their excellent images....the Stoat exactly as I saw mine yesterday with it's victim firmly in it's jaws.   

4 comments:

Derek Faulkner said...

Don't despair, most of us are suffering the same fate, this mild weather isn't doing any of us any favours.

Warren Baker said...

Its pretty desperate out there in this gloomy weather pete, keep plodding on though mate :-)

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Hi Peter !!! Pretty pictures and beautiful header ..
These days I'm with coal tit and crested tits and tree creepers ahhh, finches going good photographic moments ...
I hope you are well and have a great weekend ...

Greetings from Madrid..

Pete Woodruff said...

Derek/Warren....Not despairing, and definitely plodding on!

Ana....Coal Tits in our garden. Crested Tits, will have to travel to the Caledonian Pine Forest in Scotland if I ever what to see one.