BIRDING THE LUNE ESTUARY, THE UPLANDS OF BOWLAND AND BEYOND

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ISLAND MERE LEIGHTON MOSS RSPB. PETE WOODRUFF.

Saturday, 24 December 2016

And Finally....

Well I had to pay a visit to Cockersand again on Tuesday morning, primarily to see if I could get some good daylight views of the Snow Bunting seen in the semi-dark of the day before. But an hour along the headland and two Cumbrian birders distant ahead of me, with three pairs of eyes there was no sign of the bird. There was little pleasant about the circuit with a quite a stiff cold wind, just 32 Pink-footed Geese over south, with 7 Fieldfare and a Brown Hare noted off Moss Mane.

By the time I reached the Lune Estuary at Glasson Dock the tide was reaching it's height, but of note pushed on to the south side and easily viewed from the bowling green was a Spotted Redshank, 15 Snipe, and 12 Black-tailed Godwit, on the river, 3 Goldeneye and 3 Red-breasted Merganser.

On a choppy Conder Pool, I could find only one Little Grebe, but don't believe for a minute it was the only one at Conder Green, up to 40 Wigeon and 20 Curlew, whilst the Spotted Redshank and Common Sandpiper were on the marsh looking set to roost over the tide.

Garden Mega.

Grey Wagtail. Pete Woodruff.


Another mega first was in our urban garden on Thursday in the form of a Grey Wagtail

It was interesting to see the bird close up, this record shot through the kitchen window shows to good effect the birds yellow-green rump, and to watch the longest tail of all the wagtails, pumping so hard that the whole rear end of the bird rocked.  

This is the last round up before the Santa bloke takes over everything for a few days, including forcing my birding onto the back burner probably until the middle of next week, and Birds2blog out of business. But fear not, I'll be checking the birds out first opportunity when Christmas is reduced to but a memory and the barrel and bottles are empty, but for now it's goodbye from me.

P.S.

I reckon the Birdwatch Magazine offer is pretty good, that bundle would normally cost you £50.40 for the year....Go for it!

A Very Happy Christmas To Everyone

2 comments:

Warren Baker said...

Good bird indeed for the garden list pete, I've also had just the one record of this species.

Enjoy the festivities Mate!

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Hi Pete.. Merry christmas.. Best wishes to you and your family.