Friday, 16 December 2016

Lancashire Coastal Way.

The last time I did the Lancaster - Glasson Dock hike was two months ago in October, so time to get on down there and do it again on Tuesday. This length of the Lancashire Coastal Way is excellent for birds/birding, defunct railway routes that I know of always are. 

At the start of the walk, 2 Goosander drake could be seen distant from Skerton Bridge up river towards Skerton Weir, a drake Goldeneye was on the River Lune just downstream from Carlisle Bridge. Freeman's Pools were on the verge of deserted, but another drake Goldeneye was on here, with a lone drake Wigeon, a pair of Tufted Duck, and several Coot. Not a goose or swan in sight on Aldcliffe Marsh....unbelievable.

Blackbird Antonio Puigg 

The most significant feature of today's walk was an absolute minimum of 50 Blackbird seen along the way, also a substantial but uncounted number of Fieldfare and Redwing at Aldcliffe along the berry laden Hawthorns by the flood and beyond, a similar number to Monday's Fieldfare and Redwing were also seen again in the Conder/Glasson area. My other notes were of 7 RobinWren, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush, and a Reed Bunting

It turned a bit damp at one point later in the afternoon, and I got a bit of a dousing for around thirty minutes, but it then brightened up with some brilliant sunshine. I probably saw up to 300 thrushes on this route today....nice. 

Looking Towards Clougha/Harrisend. Pete Woodruff.

The view from Glasson Dock, 30 minutes earlier I was getting a soaking in a heavy drizzle.

Barn Owl.

Barn Owl Brian Rafferty

A Barn Owl was reported to me yesterday, seen flying out of a ditch near Bamber's Farm on Moss Lane. I expressed my gratitude for this valuable record. 

Thank you for the Blackbird Antonio, and for the Barn Owl Brian, they are much appreciated.


Noushka said...

Great choice of images, Brian's flying Barn owl is magnificent!
Warm hugs and enjoy your weekend, Pete

Pete Woodruff said...

Thanks Noushka....Too late to wish you an enjoyable weekend, but hope it was. Enjoy the week.