BIRDING THE LUNE ESTUARY, THE UPLANDS OF BOWLAND AND BEYOND

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ISLAND MERE LEIGHTON MOSS RSPB. PETE WOODRUFF.

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

A Little Action....

....ends up a damp squib.

It was excellent to see the juvenile Common Terns yesterday, flying around and preening with a parent bird. A considerable difference of growth and fledging between the young Common Terns and the one remaining Avocet young when you note they were all hatched around the same time, the Common Tern will be fishing on the Lune Estuary any time soon, whilst the young Avocet won't fledge for another 14 days at the earliest.

Adult And Juvenile Common Terns. Conder Pool 11 July. Pete Woodruff.


On Conder Pool, all four Common Tern seen, and all three Avocet showing, with up to 150 Redshank present, a Goosander, 'the' single Black-tailed Godwit, and a Little Egret. In the creeks and down the Conder channel 12 Common Sandpiper found.

On the Lune Estuary at Glasson Dock,  an Avocet  was at the Conder mouth, 2 Greenshank, a Common Sandpiper, 6 Eider, at least 350 Lapwing seen, and the total number of gulls here today was little more than fifty birds. An adult Common Tern seen on the estuary, with one seen on two visits to the canal basin three hours apart, can't be assumed to be a Conder Pool bird. 

The Damp Squib.

I decided to have another shot at Heysham, but against my better judgement I set off in rain and ventured forward in the hope it would clear up....it didn't, and I was hit in the face with a stiff wind and heavy rain along the seawall and eventually turned tail and hot footed it out of the place, but not before I'd found 2 Mediterranean Gullboth stunning birds, an adult and a 2nd summer. At stage two outfall, an adult Arctic Tern and Common Tern, but I'm drowning here now....goodbye.

2 comments:

Warren Baker said...

The weather aint gettin no better is it Pete! We were told to expect hot sunny weather by this weekend.............now they have changed their minds :-(

Pete Woodruff said...

By way of a change, not been too bad a day up here in't north Warren. I got back to Heysham again today and nearly got sunburnt instead of getting drowned!!