My last birding day in 2016 on Thursday turned up some interest, not least of all that the Cockersand area swan herd had reached an unprecedented 600 individuals assembled in fields to the west of Thursland Hill, and were seen as.....
Thursland Hill: 550 Whooper Swan, 35 Mute Swan
Clarkson's Farm: 7 Bewick's Swan, 5 Whooper Swan
Slack Lane: 3 Whooper Swan
Twite. Jan Larsson
Up to 50 Twite were in the Bank Houses area though they were mobile, it was good to see 4 Song Thrush, and a lone Redwing and Fieldfare. On the round, 8 Black-tailed Godwit were feeding with Curlew in a field at Abbey Farm, 14 Linnet, 4 Robin, 2 Reed Bunting, and a Snipe in the air.
The Lune Estuary had been taken over by the tide, 2 Goldeneye, 2 Snipe, and 2 Shoveler were seen as a pair. Conder Green was also under water, but 6 Little Grebe were on Conder Pool, with a Song Thrush on the outlet dealing with a snail being removed from it's shell which was soon in bits, and I could see 8 Fieldfare from here on the bushes on the coastal path.
Looking forward to the birds of 2017.
It's always important to me that I express my appreciation for all the photographs shown on Birds2blog. Thanks to everyone for the images throughout 2016, and in this case to Jan for the Twite in the post, and to Howard for the Redwing in the header.