BIRDING THE LUNE ESTUARY, THE UPLANDS OF BOWLAND AND BEYOND

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ALDCLIFFE MARSH HIGH TIDE. PETE WOODRUFF.

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

....And A Congregation Of Plovers.

Spotted Redshank/Redshank. Unknown.

In the creeks at Conder Green, the rapidly transforming Spotted RedshankIt was good to see last Friday's pair of Gadwall still on the pool again, with probably no more than 30 other birds, notable of which were a Snipe, 4 Tufted Duck, a Little Egret, and a fishing Cormorant not being a regular sight on here.

Raven. Martin Lofgren @ Wild Bird Gallery

Two Raven went over Conder Pool and put on a brief ariel display before continuing on their way, a check in the picnic area produced 6 Goldfinch and 2 Chaffinch.

On the Lune Estuary at Glasson Dock, c.350 Knot took to the wing immediately I spotted them and flew off downstream and out of sight, whilst 7 Eider flew upstream, up to 50 Black-tailed Godwit and similar Bar-tailed Godwit, with a Red-breasted Merganser seen. 

Greenshank. Antonio Puigg @ Pasión por las aves 

I decided to give Aldcliffe the shortened version of a visit and found a Greenshank on the marsh in company with a few Redshank. It took barely 10 minutes to scan the flood - now in brilliant condition - to find a congregation of 8 Little Ringed Plover there, also 4 White Wagtail, 8 Meadow Pipit, and a Little Egret.

I heard 2 Chiffchaff and saw 2 Reed Bunting during the time here, a pair of Gadwall, a pair of Shoveler, and a Snipe were on the now drying up 'wetland' otherwise more officially named the Wildfowlers Pool. Freeman's Pools were quiet, but 3 Goldeneye were still on here, and a few butterflies were at the east end but too fast and too far away for me though one gave itself up to be a Peacock

Little Ringed Plover.


Little Ringed Plover. Jan Larsson @ Vingspann 

My first Little Ringed Plover in 2015 were two birds on Conder Pool 7 April. I have a distinct feeling it's not going to happen in 2016, the pool is more likened to a lake again following the recent high tides which flood the pool, and I watched a Lesser Black-backed Gull on here thrashing a large crab about with it's bill.

Thanks to ML/AP/JL for their excellent photographs, they are much appreciated, and were much needed to give Birds2blog a bit of lift. 

1 comment:

Warren Baker said...

Never say never pete, LRP on the way, and the sun is coming to dry that pool up :-) :-)