BIRDING THE LUNE ESTUARY, THE UPLANDS OF BOWLAND AND BEYOND

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ALDCLIFFE MARSH HIGH TIDE. PETE WOODRUFF.

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Saturdays Efforts....

....were centred around Conder Green, the Lune Estuary, Plover Scar, and Birk Bank.

At Conder Green where I visited twice at 10.45am and 3.30pm, I saw the adult Avocet but no sign of the juvenile on the first visit, and made no contact with either on the second. Also on Conder Pool, 7 Little Grebe is an increase of one on the last count, up to 150 Redshank where accompanied by 2 Dunlin, 5 Greenshank included one in the creeks where 7 Common Sandpiper and a Goosander were seen. A Green-veined White butterfly was the only reward of note for my efforts of a circuit here. 

On the Lune Estuary, 3 Mediterranean Gull were distant and in a haze, but one appeared to have a ring on its left leg, probably 3,000 Lapwing on the estuary here today, with up to 150 Curlew, 120 Redshank, 30 Dunlin, and 6 Black-tailed Godwit, all pushed close in by the incoming tide and viewed from the bowling green.

Ringed Plover. Pete Woodruff.

On Plover Scar up to high tide, an estimate roost of 300 waders, 250 of which were Dunlin, with 32 Ringed Plover including the adult in the picture above which called constantly at two juvenile which I saw briefly, 6 Redshank, 2 Knot, 2 Golden Plover, and 2 Linnet. Five Common Blue were seen en-route to and from Plover Scar.

The visit to Birk Bank was a failure, when I arrived the sun had disappeared and a breeze added to the unsuitable conditions for dragonfly hunting on the bog, but I saw 2 Small Copper here, and a juvenile Robin in the car park had some advancing red breast to show.

The Moth.


Grey Chi. Pete Woodruff.

Predominantly a northern species, common in the north west and central England. This Grey Chi strayed into our living room last night. 

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