BIRDING THE LUNE ESTUARY, THE UPLANDS OF BOWLAND AND BEYOND

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ISLAND MERE LEIGHTON MOSS RSPB. PETE WOODRUFF.

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Around The Estuary Tide.

It took two visits again on Monday for me to make contact with the adult and young Avocet on Conder Pool, though I saw no evidence that it had, I reckon this bird has fledged. Six Little Grebe and a Greenshank were also noted on the pool, 9 Common Sandpiper were again in the creeks and down the channel to the estuary.

On the Lune Estuary, I noted a 50/50 mix of around 300 Redshank and Dunlin viewable from the bowling green, with an adult Mediterranean Gull, adult Common Tern, single Black-tailed Godwit, and 2 Eider seen.

Golden Plover. Plover Scar 1 August. Pete Woodruff.

Up to 700 waders were on Plover Scar either side of the high tide, my first two figures are conservative estimates of 350 Dunlin and 250 Golden Plover, with 22 Ringed Plover, 14 Turnstone, 9 Grey Plover, 6 Whimbreland a single Knot, 3 Sanderling won my 'Best Bird Of The Day' award, being a scarce if not rare bird at Cockersand save some movers in spring and autumn.

On a wander round, a juvenile Wheatear and 8 Linnet were around the abbey, and a Kestrel was hovering over the shore from the headland, long time no see kestrel at Cockersand. At least 24 Tree Sparrow were around Bank Houses, with 12 Goldfinch on thistles here and a few House Martin over.

The Plover Scar Ringed Plover.

The 22 Ringed Plover count included a calling adult and one young bird seen. If this is the case and I didn't fail to find a second young bird, this is the only remaining survivor from a nest and four eggs reported on Plover Scar 19 June, three chicks were seen by me on 18 July, with other sightings up to Sunday when two recently fledged young were reported.

2 comments:

Marc Heath said...

Nice to see the Goldies building up. A bird I hope to see at Nethergong during the winter. Keep up the good work Pete, always a pleasure to read.

Pete Woodruff said...

Appreciate this Marc.

Good to hear you find Birds2blog a pleasure to read. I hope you are also going to keep up your good work, especially with the Odonata, amazing stuff.