Friday, 15 April 2016

Keep On Running!

Common Sandpiper. Pete Woodruff.

This was the limit of my photographic skills with two of the 3 Common Sandpiper which had turned up at Conder Green on Wednesday with more to come yet, but I imagine they'll all have moved on by the end of the April. Conder Pool was quiet, but the pair of Gadwall were still there, with 2 Snipe, 12 Tufted Duck, 28 Mute Swan, and at least 150 sheep with lambs on here now....say n'more. A Greenshank was in the creeks, and on the circuit 2 Dunnock, a Wren, Great Tit, and Robinbut no migrants seen.

A couple of hours at Cockersands yielded 10 Wheatear with only my second Swallow over the fields heading north, these were the only migrants seen. About 6 Tree Sparrow were around Bank Houses with Dunnock, Robin, and a couple of Skylark in the air. 

To do my birding full justice I should have checked out Plover Scar, but the 'doggie brigade' beat me there and put paid to any such chance....truck! Off the scar I counted 8 Eider, the same 8 Wigeon winter left overs, and 2 Great-crested Grebe.

As far as I could see, amongst c.30 Mute Swan distant from Moss Lane, I saw just 2 Whooper Swan remaining here, and on the day I saw 5 Small Tortoiseshell.

Garden Birds. 

Siskin Warren Baker

A pair of Siskin have visited our garden feeders again twice recently. Thanks for the image Warren, appreciated.


Findlay Wilde said...

I am still waiting for a few waders to pass through my patch at Winsford Flash. I thought of you when I was South Stack last week watching the Stonechats displaying.

Pete Woodruff said...

Any day now for waders at Winsford Flash Findlay, and thanks for your comment re the Stonechats on South Stack. Don't forget to let me have any pic's you may have, you know how I would appreciate that.

Kind Regards