Avocet. Conder Pool 12 July. Pete Woodruff.
A re-run of Monday's birding had one adult and a young Avocet seen on Conder Pool. The young bird won't be out of the wood until it fledges by the end of the month, and when I took this photograph no parent birds were in sight whilst it was on it's own and out in the open.
One adult and both juvenile Common Tern were seen in the early afternoon, but an e-mail from AC in the evening told me an adult and two juveniles were seen to leave the pool and head out towards the Lune Estuary, excellent stuff but back on the pool yesterday.
Migrant Hawker Marc Heath
On the coastal path at Conder Green, a Migrant Hawker, 2 Meadow Brown, and a Small Skipper seen. Noted on the Lune Estuary, a Common Sandpiper, 6 Eider, and c.150 Curlew, a Sparrowhawk zoomed passed me only a few metres out. Appreciate the Hawker Marc, thank you.
Kittiwake. Pete Woodruff.
I was in the company of AC for three hours at Heysham later in the afternoon, enjoyable but hard work to find a few birds of note, including 2 Kittiwake, one of which was this 1st summer bird which was squat on the seawall and was reluctant to stand and take to the wing until I got within 2 metres of it to squat again further down the seawall, the other Kittiwake was an adult flying around stage one outfall. On Red Nab towards high tide, a 2nd summer Mediterranean Gull, c.350 Curlew, and a single Bar-tailed Godwit which was something of a surprise.
What a difference a day makes.
At Heysham yesterday, a minimum of 22 Mediterranean Gull and 2 Little Gull were recorded at and around the outfalls. Noting the result above for the three hours AC and I put in here the day before....there's no justice in birding at times!!