BIRDING THE LUNE ESTUARY, THE UPLANDS OF BOWLAND AND BEYOND

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ISLAND MERE LEIGHTON MOSS RSPB. PETE WOODRUFF.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Geese, Swans, And Ducks.

The Geese.

Pink-footed Geese. Pete Woodruff.

I reckon there's about seventy five geese in this picture, a small group of the c.2,500 Pink-footed Geese I saw in a field off Jeremy Lane on Monday, with which I found 3 White-fronted Geese.

The Swans.

Just west off the A588 at Thurnham, 8 Bewick's Swan were in the field on the left off Moss Lane, and the herd in fields towards Cockersand are even more spread out now, from west of Thursland Hill and south towards Bank End, there appears to be still up to 300 Whooper Swan, though I made little attempt to assess them today.

The Ducks.

Yet another peak count arrived at on the Lune Estuary at Glasson Dock when I counted 37 Goldeneye drifting by on the rising tide, they appear to have deserted their favoured canal basin for the time being.

And some other birds.

Conder Pool was pretty deserted, though I noted the currently resident 3 Goosander still on here, with 3 Little Grebe noted in the tide flooded creeks. As the tide raced in I saw c.600 Golden Plover loafing on the mud at the Colloway side, with 45 Snipe, 32 Black-tailed Godwit, and a Spotted Redshank all viewed from the bowling green.  

The tide was at it's height at Cockersand, any waders around were in the fields with a mix of at least 500 in the Abbey Farm area, most notable was a good number of Turnstone, with Golden Plover, Dunlin, Redshank, and Lapwing. The flock of 80 Twite were flighty between Bank Houses and the shore, with 15 Linnet seen.

Life in the fast lane isn't all that easy anymore, and my birding opportunities are at a low at the moment, but hopefully I'll be back in business on Friday to check out what the local estuary birds are up to.

1 comment:

Marc Heath said...

A fine selection of winter birds there Pete, some very good ones which I hope would appear in Kent in some numbers soon.