BIRDING THE LUNE ESTUARY, THE UPLANDS OF BOWLAND AND BEYOND

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ISLAND MERE LEIGHTON MOSS RSPB. PETE WOODRUFF.

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Short....But Very Sweet.

I didn't get very far on Tuesday, time didn't allow me to, but although it was very short, it was certainly very sweet, and I got far enough to see the lone surviving Conder Green Avocet had fledged, having found it with the adult feeding in the creeks before flying back to the pool twenty minutes later to send me into a state of elation. Wonderful stuff, all accounted for in yesterday's post 'The CP Avocets' below this one. 


Little Grebe Brian Rafferty  

Also on Conder Pool, another increase with 8 Little Grebe seen, also up to 120 Redshank and similar Lapwing accompanied by 8 Dunlin which aren't a particularly regular bird on the pool. In the creeks, 4 Common Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, 4 Little Egret, and the Goosander I'd seen last Saturday, I saw 2 Swift over during the visit. Though there was quite a stiff wind and cool with it, I found 4 Gatekeeper and a single Speckled Wood in a sheltered area off the coastal path.


Common Tern Martin Jump  

I didn't have much time for the Lune Estuary, but to be honest didn't need it as the area was a virtual desert with relatively few gulls and barely a wader in sight, though I did manage an adult Mediterranean Gull and 2 Common Tern which were both adult fishing the river and low tide channels.

A short birding trip, but definitely a very sweet Avocet one. 

Thanks to Brian/Martin for allowing some excellent photographic gloss to Birds2blog.

2 comments:

Warren Baker said...

Little Grebe time of year again Pete LoL. I might just get one drop in here for me!

Bob Bushell said...

I love the Artic Tern, juv, and the Grebe. Well done to put them in.