BIRDING THE LUNE ESTUARY, THE UPLANDS OF BOWLAND AND BEYOND

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CLOUGHA PIKE UNTIL RECENT YEARS THE BOWLAND STRONGHOLD FOR THE STONECHAT. PETE WOODRUFF.

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Just The Two!

I was lucky to be able to squeeze a couple of hours birding into yesterday morning, barely enough time to get myself an update on the state of things at Conder Green and the Lune Estuary, where there was nothing to call new on offer and the excitement level was pretty low.

Looking more like a lake than a pool with the high tides, and with no muddy edges to attract the waders, Conder Pool was quiet, 6 Little Grebe were counted, 5 Snipe were on the 'dark side' of the island right of the viewing platform, and wildfowl noted were 34 Mallard, 14 Teal, and 2 Wigeon. Conder Star's - the Spotted Redshank and Common Sandpiper - were in the creeks, with 2 Little Grebe, 2 Goosander, 7 Snipe, and c.150 Teal seen. 


Coal Tit. Noushka Dufort @ 1000-Pattes

Along the coastal path, best bird was a Coal Titrare for me here, a Blackbird, Chaffinch, and House SparrowAt low tide, the Lune Estuary at Glasson Dock held at least 900 Golden Plover and 50 Snipe, with a Spotted Redshank and Greenshank by the Conder mouth.

But some 'other things' were waiting to take on a more serious role than my birding - as if that was possible - and I was off back to Lancaster by 11.45am.

Thanks for the Coal Tit Noushka, and to Richard for the GWE header, apparently I missed one at Cockersand on 8 October. 

4 comments:

Marc Heath said...

Still finding a few good birds Pete I see. I have some photos you may be interested in here which I photographed today: http://ngbirding.blogspot.co.uk/. Keep up the excellent site Pete.

Pete Woodruff said...

Thanks for this Marc....I'm off to take a look at Nethergong now.

Richard Pegler said...

Sorry to hear that you missed out on a local GWE, Pete. I suspect that you won't have to wait too long for another one - they seem to be getting somewhat common further south. It's a bit like how the Little Egrets' increased over the past ten years.

I'll try and persuade one of our three local birds to come and visit you!

Pete Woodruff said...

Just a matter of time Richard....Thanks again for the header.