Thursday, 19 May 2016

Bowland Notes.

Weatherwise a decent enough day for another visit to Bowland on Tuesday, on which I made a 34 species count. 

Stonechat Warren Baker  

I paid a visit to the west side of Hawthornthwaite Fell where I found 4 Stonechat, they were seen as two pairs, all alarmed at my presence, and 'clicking pebbles' with food in the bill for young in the nest....excellent sight, excellent news. Also of note, 6 Curlew hopefully three breeding pairs, 8 Meadow Pipit2 Red Grousea Grey Wagtail, and a soaring Buzzard overhead was the only raptor seen on the day in 6 hours. Thanks for the brilliant male Kent Stonechat Warren.

Snipe With Chicks. Howard Stockdale.

At the foot of Hawthornthwaite I heard a Snipe 'chip-per' four times. Thanks to Howard for his excellent shot of the Snipe....not every day you get the chance to photograph a Snipe with two chicks.  

Driving from here towards Marshaw, a Redshank was on a fence post, House Martins were around Well Brook Farm, with Sand Martins also on the Marshaw Wyre here. At Marshaw, 2 Common Sandpiper, a Dipper, and a Grey Wagtail seen on the Marshaw Wyre, with 3 Mistle Thrush in the area.

In the Tower Lodge - Trough Bridge area, I saw/heard no more than 4 Willow Warbler anywhere on my visit here today, 4 Nuthatch, 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Coal Tit, a Dunnock, Goldcrest, and Treecreeper. A single Siskin was seen at Trough Bridge, with a Grey Wagtail and a female Mallard with 12 ducklings on the Marshaw Wyre.

Marshaw - Tower Lodge - Trough Bridge No-No's.

I found no Pied Flycatcher, and even more disappointingly, no Spotted Flycatcher, nor were any Redstart, Redpoll, or Cuckoo heard/seen in the 4 hours spent here today. 


Marc Heath said...

Lovely shot of the Snipe and chicks. Don't see many of these shots. Keep up the good work Pete.

Martin Jump said...

Good news on the Stonechats and Snipe Pete,disappointing news on the Flycatcher`s.Hopefully I`m trying my luck in the Trough tomorrow.

Pete Woodruff said...

Marc....Thanks for this, and keep up your good work with the odonata.

Martin....Let me know if you see any PF's or Redstart, I've yet to hear of anybody who connected with the latter anywhere in the Marshaw - Tower Lodge - Trough Bridge area.