Wednesday, 5 October 2016

A Proper Birder!

Truth is, if I'm not currently out looking to find my own Yellow-browed Warbler, then I can't expect anyone to refer to me as a 'proper birder' if they ever would! 

Little Stint Noushka Dufort

So yesterday I bashed the bushes along the coastal path from Conder Green to Glasson Dock, and later did the same at several likely spots at Cockersand, all to no avail. But my notes from the Lune Estuary at Glasson Dock included good if distant views of a Little Stint and Spotted Redshank towards the Conder mouth, with c.180 Curlew and 5 Snipe of note....Many thanks for your LS image Noushka.

I counted just 9 Little Grebe on Conder Pool, with waders represented by 2 Greenshank, 6 Snipe, and 4 Curlew dropped in, the Common Sandpiper was lurking on the back side of the near island when I went down to the fence at the west end to look over the pool, where I saw 5 Wigeon, up to 100 Goldfinch and a Red Admiral.

A Sparrowhawk was seen along Jeremy Lane on my way to Cockersand to check out Plover Scar at high tide where I estimated, 250 Dunlin, 90 Turnstone, 6 Redshank, 3 Knot, and 2 Ringed Plover, along the headland I saw 3 Wheatear

I decided to retrace my steps along the headland as the tide ebbed which turned out to be a good idea, up to 800 Golden Plover had assembled on the shore close in and with a brilliant sunlight on them....I began to think about last Wednesday and the AGP. 

Rock Pipit. Cockersand 4 October. Pete Woodruff. 

Bathing in a tidal pool I found 2 Curlew Sandpiper, both adult in winter plumage, further along the shore a Rock Pipit was in company with 4 Meadow Pipit, 9 Linnet were around the cover crop field, and another Red Admiral seen here.

What's proper birding anyway....and is there such a thing as improper birding?   


Pete Marsh said...

a proper birder is someone who goes out and about in any fashion searching for anything of interest he/she can then share with others. That is exactly how birds are found. There is unfortunately quite a chunk who go for targets x y z, not appreciating someone has to find them
In the first place. You are very definitely in the first category - I wish I could still spend hours out in the field searching but those days have unfortunately gone and I can do very little in the afternoon these days other then sit and listen

Richard Pegler said...

You are, Pete, unquestionably a PROPER BIRDER. I admire your tenacity and thoroughness, although such birding is not for me - a part-time birder at the best of times, and then I don't record my sightings unless they are exceptional (I wish!) or owls!

My best wishes - - - Richard

Warren Baker said...

When you say ''bathing in the pool'' was that ''whilst you were bathing in the pool'' LoL Good birding Pete!

Pete Woodruff said...

Pete....I somehow felt you might respond to the 'proper birder' piece. Your comments are appreciated once again.

Richard....Thanks also for your comments. I'm sure you yourself fit into the 'proper part-time birder' category.

Warren....When I re-read the post I reckoned it sounded like it could be read as that it was me bathing....Good birding to you too, to which you certainly can claim to be a 'proper birder'.

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Hi Pete.. How are you??.. I was in Portugal for a ten days on holidays.. Fantastic!!! .. Lovely country.. Now follow with my little friends (birds) and others creatures.. Fall is very nice in Madrid.. Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for your kind comment.. Cheers..