After another five days off the road, I was keen to get out birding again on Tuesday, but not keen enough - sad not mad - to do so in the rain that came down until it cleared in the early afternoon, when it gave me time to at least check out Conder Green and the Lune Estuary.
Little Egret. Lune Estuary 27 September. Pete Woodruff.
Conder Pool created little enthusiasm being virtually deserted, though 15 Little Grebe were noted after the customary multi-counts. In the creeks, 32 Teal, similar Redshank, 3 Goosander, and 4 Little Egret, 'the' Common Sandpiper was down by the bridge, it appeared to have a couple of primaries missing, I saw 3 Red Admiral on the coastal path.
Greenshank/Redshank. Lune Estuary 27 September. Pete Woodruff.
On the Lune Estuary from the bowling green, I enjoyed probing into the weed covered stony areas surrounded by pools at low tide where I found 6 Greenshank amongst the Redshank, Lapwing, and Curlew, with last Thursdays Avocet still here, initially at the mouth of the Conder with a single Bar-tailed Godwit and Snipe. The surprise was 2 Ringed Plover, at best irregular on the estuary here, a Goosander and 9 Little Egret noted, c.350 Common Gull were predominant in the gull count of no more than 400 in view across the river.