Thursday, 3 March 2016

Monday 29 February Continued....

The Shoveler.

Shoveler Martin Lofgren @  Wild Bird Gallery

To add to the drake Shoveler seen at Cockersands on Monday, I had seen another drake Shoveler on Conder Pool earlier in the day, a scarce bird on the pool as it is at Cockersands, it's a scarce breeder at Leighton Moss and an irregular visitor elsewhere in our recording area.

And the also ran.... 

I noted 32 Wigeon on the pool, just one of 2 Little Grebe the other in the creeks, and the Conder Green star birds - the Spotted Redshank and Common Sandpiper - both put in an appearance in the creeks.

The Lune Estuary at Glasson Dock was somewhat deserted with Lapwing in the main departing to their summer/breeding grounds, and no Golden Plover seen. But c.200 Curlew, 150 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, and a Great-crested Grebe were noted, with 52 Goldeneye counted. A Peregrine Falcon was again squat on Colloway Marsh as it often is.

At Cockersands, the c.300 Whooper Swan here in number since mid-January, appear to have no intention of making any moves just yet and have remained throughout and scattered across the fields towards Bank End. In Bank Houses horse paddock, I again counted at least 15 Blackbird, with a Kestrel on lookout from atop a tree. Plover Scar held c.350 Oystercatcher, and estimates of 450 Knot, 300 Curlew, 250 Golden Plover, and 2 Ringed Plover were off Crook Farm with Monday's Four Figure Godwits 

Thanks to Martin Lofgren for the drake Shoveler.


Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful image of one of my favourite.

Pete Woodruff said...

You have a photograph of a drake Shoveler on your website which I looked for to use in this post, but I failed to find it before I ran out of time....Pity you don't have a search button on BNFOD.

Thanks again for looking in Bob, I appreciate it.

Bob Bushell said...

Yes I have one, top left.