BIRDING THE LUNE ESTUARY, THE UPLANDS OF BOWLAND AND BEYOND

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ISLAND MERE LEIGHTON MOSS RSPB. PETE WOODRUFF.

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Briefly Conder and Glasson....

....and the Lancaster washout.

I managed to get to Conder/Glasson for a couple of hours on Monday to find little change. The 'tern boxes' on Conder Pool were a step closer to floating off as the island disappears under water. 

I could have picked out the Spotted Redshank a mile off with it's pure white underparts gleaming like a light in the night, it was the only wader in the creeks save 2 Curlew. Ten Little Grebe included three hiding under the overhang just downstream from the A588 road bridge, also noted on Conder Pool were up to 90 Teal and similar Mallard, a Goosander was the only bird in the channel down from the old rail bridge.

On the Lune Estuary at Glasson Dock, an adult Mediterranean Gull made up for the lack of any other interest there with a figure probably reaching 100 Common Gull, also c.300 Golden Plover. On the canal basin, 8 Goldeneye were in the far east corner which they seem to favour as a food source and constantly diving there.

Lancaster Flood December 2015.



I found this steel container dumped on the River Lune a half mile upstream from Glasson Dock. The container has ended up about five miles downstream from where it first entered the river in Lancaster to be seen racing down the River Lune during the flood over the weekend. It struck both Skerton and Greyhound Bridge causing traffic chaos, with both bridges closed until the flood subsided enough for a structural inspection to determine any damage caused to the 232 year old Skerton Bridge, the first stone of which was laid in 1783.


Skerton Bridge 6 December 2015. Pete Woodruff.

When the bridge was examined in 1995 it was considered to be strong enough to carry vehicles up to 40 tons which was ten times the weight of anything to travel over the bridge in the late eighteenth century.


Greyhound Bridge 6 December 2015. Pete Woodruff. 

After the closure of the railway in 1966, the Greyhound Bridge was converted for use by road traffic, and since being reopened in 1972 now serves in excess of 20,000 north and west bound vehicles every day.

To see the bigger picture of the River Lune racing through Lancaster 'clik the pik'.

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