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, 5 January 2016

In The End....Another Barnie.

Hardly riveting on my first days birding in 2016 yesterday, but the visit to Cockersands was rewarded by yet another Barn Owl. Reasonably obvious the same bird as seen 28 December behind Bank Houses horse paddock, which is where this one ended up quartering again today. I had picked the bird up as it flew through the yard at Abbey Farm. It would have been good to have seen it coming out of one of the buildings at the farm as proof that this is where the bird is currently hanging out. I've never seen a Barn Owl at or anywhere near this farm before.

Back to the beginning....At Conder Green, despite a full circuit, the creeks were deserted save a solitary Curlew and two of the 8 Little Grebe seen here today, the other six on the pool. Also on Conder Pool, a single Snipe was on one of the nest boxes which look like they are never going to float off the island as I predicted they may, unless the weather has other ideas. Up to 50 Mallard and Teal, with 15 Wigeon, 5 Tufted Duck, and 2 Shelduck....I've not seen the Spotted Redshank at Conder Green since 7 December, nor the Common Sandpiper since 15 December. 

On the Lune Estuary, a Ruff was with a group separate from a total of c.450 Redshank, also c.2,500 Golden Plover, c.55 Black-tailed Godwit, a few scattered Bar-tailed Godwit, and at least 50 Dunlin. I saw a total of 14 Goldeneye, three on the estuary, and eleven on the canal basin.

A Kestrel was on Moss Lane, and off Crook Farm at Cockersands, c.1,500 Lapwing, 55 Golden Plover and 50 Dunlin. Around the winter cover crop on Slack Lane 2 Greenfinch, and in and around Bank Houses horse paddock, 10 Goldfinch, 7 Blackbird, a Song Thrush, and Mistle Thrush.

Back to the end....Enter the Barn Owl!

Garden Birds. 

Siskin. Noushka Dufort @ 1000-Pattes  

A smart little male Siskin visited our feeders yesterday morning, a scarce bird in our garden, the last one being 27 January 2015, later 2 Greenfinch appeared as another quite scarce garden species for us. 

And finally....


A Siberian Chiffchaff was on the RBA pager yesterday SW of Lancaster at Aldcliffe Marsh. 



Siberian Chiffchaff. Chris Batty.

This Siberian Chiffchaff was photographed in a Knott End garden precisely 3 years ago today on 5 January 2013. There's some interesting reading about the complexities of the Siberian Chiffchaff HERE 

Thanks to Noushka and Chris for the photographs, always appreciated. 

7 comments:

Martin Jump said...

Great account of your first days birding of 2016,with a good count of birds seen Pete.The Barn Owl is an interesting sighting.

Sharon Whitley said...

Ive only ever seen a wild barn owl fleetingly and would love to see one during the day - hopefully we will this year, there have been sightings in an area we sometimes visit. I've not seen a siskin in my garden for many months and used to get them fairly regularly. I do get quite a few greenfinches though. I've got a male reed bunting visiting regularly, he was there last winter too ( I presume it's the same bird!) Hope you're doing well Pete, happy new year to you, I hope it's a good one!

Pete Woodruff said...

Thanks Martin, and a HAPPY NEW YEAR. By the way your Barn Owl has flown off!!

Thanks Sharon. A nice surprise to see you here, I was getting worried about you, but noticed you brought your blog back to life recently....HAPPY NEW YEAR Sharon.

Richard Pegler said...

I absolutely love BR's header image of the Barnie, Pete. We too were lucky enough to have a male Siskin visiting our garden feeders for best part of a week but, sadly it's gone now. I just hope the Sparrowhawk didn't get it. The Redpolls are our main delight at the momeent.

Best wishes - - Richard

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Love the first bird.. Lugano in spanish .. Cheers..

Warren Baker said...

As long as you get Barn owl on the days list, it can be considered a successful day Pete LoL !

Pete Woodruff said...

Richard....BR's Barnie is brilliant. Thanks for your contribution.

Ana....Yes, the first bird, Siskin, a smart little fellow.

Warren....I'd just like to see this bird catch something, it's certainly putting a lot of effort into doing so.