Thursday, 10 November 2016

A Little Subdued!

The number was well down on the Lune Estuary with just 35 Snipe seen as the tide came in, and everything else was down too to be honest, with 4 Goosander and a drake Red-breasted Merganser my only other notes.

It was all a little subdued at Conder Green too, with 10 Little Grebe, seen as six on Conder Pool and four in the creeks, where the virtually predictable Spotted Redshank and lone Black-tailed Godwit were seen, 5 Snipe were on the stoney area seen from the A588.

On a less intense than usual circuit at Cockersand, 8 Snipe, a single Grey Plover, and 3 Stock Dove. Around the cover crops, 6 Greenfinch and 2 Linnet, with 4 Blackbird, 2 Tree Sparrow and a solitary Fieldfare around Bank House horse paddock, up to 300 Golden Plover scattered over two fields with Lapwing, Redshank and Curlew. On the shoreline on the Cocker Estuary, 21 Black-tailed Godwit.

The Lighthouse Job! 

Cockersand Lighthouse. Pete Woodruff.

I took this shot of the lighthouse over a month ago on 4 October, all the stonework down to the base has been dismantled and is now on Plover Scar in the picture below. Interestingly, the tower crane erected here at Cockersand, is the same one used for the refurbishment of Blackpool Tower.

Plover Scar cluttered with the stones from the damaged lighthouse, removed one by one, laid out, numbered, and with arrows pointing the direction. I reckon it's job done regarding the dismantling of these stones down the base of the lighthouse, which as I see it is sound. Looks like the next step is to replace the stones and restore this brilliant 170 year old light of the Lune Estuary to it's former glory.

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