BIRDING THE LUNE ESTUARY, THE UPLANDS OF BOWLAND AND BEYOND

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CLOUGHA PIKE HEATHER CLAD. FORMER LANCASHIRE STONECHAT STRONGHOLD. PETE WOODRUFF

Saturday, 16 January 2016

By Way Of A Change.....

....it was sunny and very cold on Thursday, especially on the coast in the wind from the north. But first I was at Conder Green to find the Common Sandpiper down by the old railway bridge, with the creeks to itself once again save c.90 Teal upstream and seen from the A588. On Conder Pool, 3 Snipe, four Goosander, and 5 Little Grebe, with a small number of Wigeon to note.


Bar-tailed Godwit @ Wildlife Photographer  

It was good to get the number up to 500 Bar-tailed Godwit on the Lune Estuary today, c.750 Redshank were in close on the south side, with 6 Black-tailed Godwit and a lone drake GoldeneyeA Peregrine Falcon was on Colloway Marsh, and on the canal basin I counted 15 Goldeneye

Curlew. Noushka Dufort @ 1000-Pattes  

Up to 500 Golden Plover were in the flooded fields at Cockersands along with 55 Curlew and a few DunlinThe flooded field south of the Caravan Park held a nice variety including an increase in numbers of at least 750 Curlew, c.150 Redshank, 6 Little Egret, 4 Pink-footed Geese, and a Stock Dove. Along the path I saw 15 finches in the air which gave me the run-around settling only briefly but certainly Linnet and Twite in the mix, also 2 Skylark and 4 Reed Bunting seen, with 3 Snipe up off the marsh.

In the horse paddock at Bank Houses, 8 Blackbird, a Mistle Thrush, and a Robin. I was at Plover scar an hour before high tide to see just 25 Turnstone and 250 Oystercatcher

Thanks for the images this time goes to Brian and Noushka.

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