BIRDING THE LUNE ESTUARY, THE UPLANDS OF BOWLAND AND BEYOND

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CLOUGHA PIKE UNTIL RECENT YEARS THE BOWLAND STRONGHOLD FOR THE STONECHAT. PETE WOODRUFF.

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

I'm Alright Jack!

Putting the traditional Christmas wreath on my parents grave yesterday, a few uncounted Fieldfare, Redwing, and a Jay were of note in the Lancaster Cemetery on Wyresdale Road, this is the best cemetery I know for birding with an excellent variety of trees.

It was good to find the Common Sandpiper again at Conder Green, it was alone in the creeks opposite River Winds and seen for the first time in seven visits since 16 November. On Conder Pool, 16 Snipe was a good count here, also 9 Little Grebe included two in the creeks, 6 Long-tailed Tit were working their way along the hedgerow. 

I was too late at Glasson Dock, the tide had taken over the mudflats on the Lune Estuary, but there was an absolute minimum of 2,500 Golden Plover on the mud below Colloway Marsh with at least twice that number of 5,000 Lapwing

Turnstone/Oystercatcher. Pete Woodruff.

On Plover Scar at high tide, a healthy count of up to 220 Turnstone with 250 Oystercatcher noted, but wait a minute, what's this crouched down on the shingle....it's a Jack Snipe which gave excellent views for as long as I hung around. Off the Caravan Park, a conservative estimate of 2,500 Wigeon and 900 Teal, with a few Pintail noted. The local Buzzard was on a fence post by Abbey Farm, a Sparrowhawk and 12 Goldfinch were around Bank Houses horse paddock.

Eight Goldeneye seen today were, 5 on the canal basin, one on Conder Pool, one off Crook Farm, and one on the Cocker Estuary.

Jack Snipe. Plover Scar 14 December. Pete Woodruff.

Not the best of photographs of a Jack Snipe, but definitely the best bird on Plover Scar yesterday.

 Harbour Porpoise. Pete Woodruff.

I found another Harbour Porpoise corpse at Cockersands yesterday to follow the one found here earlier in the year on 3 April.

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