BIRDING THE LUNE ESTUARY, THE UPLANDS OF BOWLAND AND BEYOND

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ISLAND MERE LEIGHTON MOSS RSPB. PETE WOODRUFF.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Lift Off!

I broke the five day stand down from birding for a couple of stolen hours yesterday to find Conder Pool having a quiet period, I reckon the mid-afternoon high tide would have made a difference, but I wasn't going to be there then.

After about six attempts the best count was of 10 Little Grebe, but more interesting hidden away from view at the platform, I found 8 Black-tailed Godwit from the west end fence, 3 Greenshank were on the back terrace, and up to 50 Lapwing, 30 Mallard and a Grey Heron were also noted. In the creeks 4 Common Sandpiper and 3 Little Egret.

On the Lune Estuary at Glasson Dock there was at least 1,500 gulls, too distant for comfort and a hampering haze, but I did my best and an adult Mediterranean Gull was surely not the only one amongst this lot. Another adult Mediterranean Gull was with c.250 predominantly Black-headed Gull on a flood off Jeremy Lane.

A check of Plover Scar proved little more than 200 waders with estimates of 150 Dunlin, 45 Ringed Plover, 8 Turnstone, and 4 Whimbrel. Around Cockersand Abbey, 16 Linnet and 14 Meadow Pipit seen, with 6 Wheatear and 2 Brown Hare in the same Abbey Farm field.

The Picture Gallery.


Jeremy Lane Tuesday 23 Aug. 

'Clik the pik'....spot the Med.

Brown Hare. Abbey Farm Field. C'sand.

Grey Heron. Conder Pool.

3 comments:

Lancashire and Lakeland Outback Adventure Wildlife Safaris said...

I see him, I see him!
Towards the top right

Cheers

DaveyMan

Bob Bushell said...

I think thats him, top right, it is difficult to make sure.

Pete Woodruff said...

Always pleased to see you looking in and taking an interest in Birds2blog Dave/Bob, thanks for that, and of course you are right, the Med Gull is where you say it is.