Sunday, 27 March 2016

Little Stint....Yes Please!

Sparrowhawk Gary Jones

Three 'good things' stand out about this post, one of them is above, a brilliant 'pic with a difference' of the sparring Sparrowhawks. I wasn't prepared to wait any longer to put this one up....Thanks for allowing me to Gary.

But the best 'good thing' to stand out was the Little Stint....Yes Please! which put in it's fifth appearance - three for me - on Friday. First found in the Cocker channel 18 Jan (PW), and seen the following day on the far bank of the River Lune from the bowling green at Glasson Dock 19 Jan (PW), then found off Conder Green car park 28 Feb (IH), and again off the bowling green at Glasson Dock 13 March (IH), and once again off the bowling green 25 March (PW). I had good views of the bird today, but driven off the mud by the well advanced incoming tide, it flew off downstream and out of sight.

Otherwise, if I'd have been birding on a productivity bonus today I wouldn't have been paid out very much....On Conder Pool, a Spotted Redshank - now showing signs of breeding plumage - was in the company of 26 Redshank, also 2 Goosander, 5 Tufted Duck, and a solitary 'left behind' Wigeon. Two Black-tailed Godwit were in the creeks, and a smart little male Reed Bunting seen. 

Black-tailed Godwit. Howard Stockdale.

On the Lune Estuary, I noted at least 160 Golden Plover and 350 Black-tailed Godwit, which brings us to another 'good thing' to stand out about this post which is the excellent in flight shot of the BTG's....Thanks for this Howard. 

Desperation set in at Cockersands, I found Wednesdays 450 Golden Plover in an Abbey Farm field, and saw 6 Tree Sparrow at Bank Houses, if you want to see Tree Sparrow go to Bank Houses, 9 Brown Hare was today's count on the round.

The End.


JRandSue said...

Brilliant post.

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Splendid!! Fantastics shots . I hope you are very well.. Happy easter Pete...


Pete Woodruff said...

John....Long time no see, many thanks for looking in, appreciated, and I was pleased to see you referring to the post as brilliant.

Ana....Good to see you here again. Yes, fantastic shots, and a Happy Easter to you too.

Paul Foster said...

Excellent post peter,always look forward to reading about your local wanderings.

Keep up the good work!!!

Pete Woodruff said...

Thanks for this Paul. I also enjoyed your latest Cyprus trip and it's bird variety.