BIRDING THE LUNE ESTUARY, THE UPLANDS OF BOWLAND AND BEYOND

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ALDCLIFFE MARSH HIGH TIDE. PETE WOODRUFF.

Saturday, 5 March 2016

The Numbers Game.

Pink-footed Geese. Brian Rafferty.

There was some impressive numbers to be seen on Thursday on the Lune Estuary, with probably in excess of 13,000 Pink-footed Geese seen, an estimated 4,000 were on Colloway Marsh, with 9,000 on Cockerham Marsh which I viewed from midway between Cockerham Sands Country Park and Bank End, amongst these was a Barnacle Goose

I found 1,300 Black - tailed Godwit on the Lune Estuary at Glasson Dock, then later in the day as the tide raced in around 3.45pm, I saw up to 2,500 between the lighthouse and Crook Farm, that's an impressive 3,800 Black-tailed Godwit into the little black book, though I strongly suspect some were duplicated from the earlier count upstream from here at Glasson Dock, even so an unprecedented number of at least 2,500 of the species on the Lune Estuary.

When I found the Curlew on the Cocker Estuary I decided to become more diligent in my counting for once, and came up with 1,620 as another impressive number of a bird in serious decline. Continuing with my diligent counting, the long staying and excellent high number of swans had formed a more compact herd than of late, today up to 400 Whooper Swan were behind the Caravan Park, seen as another unprecedented number in our area.


Starlings. Brian Rafferty. 

There was huge black patches in the fields and black clouds in the sky with a combined total of at least 10,000 Starlings seen on Jeremy Lane and at Cockersands. 

The best of the rest.

On Conder Pool, 45 Wigeon, 21 Redshank, a Snipe, and 3 Little Grebe. Other notes from the Lune Estuary, 31 Goldeneye, 2 Red-breasted Merganser and a Goosander. And at Cockersands, waders in the fields included at least 200 Golden Plover, 4 Eider were off Plover Scar, and 6 Blackbird, a Meadow Pipit, and Robin were in Bank Houses horse paddock.

Thanks to Brian Rafferty for the Pink-footed Geese and the Starling mumuration at Blackpool North Pier. 

6 comments:

Warren Baker said...

Some decent numbers of birds there Pete! Amazing to watch I bet! Just getting over the ''Man flu'' myself, not been out for three days!!

Pete Woodruff said...

Thanks for this Warren....Hope you get rid of the flu soon, the birds can't be without you like this.

Marc Heath said...

Amazing numbers of birds Pete. I think the biggest flock of Pink footed Geese I have seen is around 30. I suspect your number provided a better spectacle?

Pete Woodruff said...

Sometimes up to 20/30,000 Marc, as you say a spectacle especially when they take of en masse.

Pete Marsh said...

Why don't you organise a coordinated low-tide count of Black-tailed Godwit, Pete (Sunderland/Glasson Marsh/Bank End/Cockersands/Conder estuary area?) They may be in record numbers, but there is obviously some doubt about duplication relating to over 1000 birds. Best of luck!

Pete Woodruff said...

Going to take a closer look at the current BTG status on the Lune Estuary Pete. Many thanks for your comments.