BIRDING THE LUNE ESTUARY, THE UPLANDS OF BOWLAND AND BEYOND

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Friday, 22 July 2016

....And A Decent Whimbrel Count.

Whimbrel/Dunlin. Plover Scar High Tide 21 July. Pete Woodruff.

More birds with their backs to me and facing into the wind whilst I took the picture.

On Plover Scar at high tide yesterday, up to 200 waders included a decent count of 27 Whimbrel, with c.150 Dunlin, 10 Ringed Plover, 8 Knot, and 2 Golden Plover, 7 Eider were off here.

Of note on the Lune Estuary, a 2nd summer Mediterranean Gull, single Whimbrel and Bar-tailed Godwit, and 2 Teal by the Conder mouth.

On Conder Pool, an adult Avocet, with the young bird wing flapping on two ocassions and ready to fledge next week. A lone Greenshank had separated itself from c.120 Redshank, with a similar number of Lapwing and 6 Dunlin here, a Little Grebe and 2 Wigeon were noted.

On the circuit, 12 Common Sandpiper were in the creeks and down the channel towards the estuary where I saw a Goosander. Four Swift were over, and up to 20 House Martin were around River Winds and Cafe d' Lune where both properties still have active nests.

The Plover Scar Ringed Plovers.

I saw the breeding pair of Ringed Plover frantically flying round and calling at one chick which was scurrying away from the scar below the sea wall in a bid to escape the tide. I eventually lost sight of the chick in the area of the shore below the kissing gate near Cockersand Abbey, but the parent birds kept flying around and calling with no sign of the other two chicks seen on Monday.

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