BIRDING THE LUNE ESTUARY, THE UPLANDS OF BOWLAND AND BEYOND

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CELEBRATING THE GLORIOUS TWELFTH....WELCOME TO THE ' REAL' FOREST OF BOWLAND

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Monday's Conder/Glasson Bird's.

Better late than never. 

The first bird I saw when I pulled into the lay-by at Conder Green on Monday was the ever faithful Spotted Redshank, it was in the creeks where I also saw a Grey Wagtail, the Common Sandpiper is rarely as predictable, but it was found where it often is, just downstream from the iron bridge in the Conder channel. 

Conder Pool was virtually deserted, but 3 Little Grebe were seen, have they finally moved on, I don't think so, I just didn't find the rest of 'em. Along the coastal path to Glasson Dock, I saw at least 20 Blackbird, 2 Song Thrush were excellent in their scarcity, 4 Redwing, 3 Goldfinch, 3 Meadow Pipit were on the marsh, 3 Blue Tit, 3 Reed Bunting, 2 Robin, a Fieldfare, Dunnock, and Wren.

Snipe. Pete Woodruff.

On the Lune Estuary from the bowling green, of the 33 Snipe seen, this was the best of a poor set of pics of a group with two Redshank. I had decent mid-distance views of the long stay Little Stint, 4 Goldeneye were all drake and almost certainly the same four birds which were my first this winter here on 4 November, and not seen since. Wader numbers were at a low with a few Redshank and Dunlin feeding on the tide line, 2 Black-tailed Godwit and a lone Bar-tailed Godwit were the only others of note, 2 Red-breasted Merganser drakes completed the short list.  

Cockersand Lighthouse.


There's little left of the Cockersand Lighthouse, with barely a few feet left standing at the edge of Plover Scar. I reckon the job of dismantling and rebuilding of this structure has turned out an even bigger one than was initially assessed.


As I understood it, the plan was to dismantle the structure down to the base, but the darker 50 stones now lying on Plover Scar with the lighter ones in this picture, appear to be from the upper part of the base of the lighthouse. 


Hopefully early next year it'll look as grand as this once again....Pictures your's truly.

4 comments:

Marc Heath said...

Some excellent winter birds there Pete, quite envious.

Noushka said...

Pete, you always manage to make me very envious!!!
I just came back from the Atlantic shore to fins waders but no interesting species to be found... I guess I am too late or too early!!
I hope this light house stands proud again soon!
Keep well and enjoy your weekend

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful sea shots Pete.

Richard Pegler said...

That's a pretty good bag of birds you found, Pete. Seeing 33 Snipe would make my day - it's a bird I'm rather fond of.

Best wishes - - Richard