BIRDING THE LUNE ESTUARY, THE UPLANDS OF BOWLAND AND BEYOND

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COCKERSAND LIGHTHOUSE OFF PLOVER SCAR. PETE WOODRUFF.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Snatched Again.

Monday was another one of those snatched birding time sessions, and a wander around the Lune Estuary in the Conder/Glasson area was enjoyable whilst unexceptional, with the River Lune at Glasson particularly so, where wader numbers were at a low, though to say there was up to 3,000 Lapwing sounds like something of a contradiction, but barely 100 Golden Plover and much less in number of Redshank and Dunlin doesn't sound like it, 8 Black-tailed Godwit flew downstream at a pace, and I found just 5 Goldeneye drake on the canal basin. 


Goosander. Martin Lofgren Wild Bird Gallery

On Conder Pool, 3 Goosander were two drake and a female, 45 Wigeon and 80 Teal, with up to 100 Mallard. Five Little Grebe were in the creeks with the Spotted Redshank. Bird of the visit was the female Bullfinch featured in my previous post, seen from the coastal path midway between Conder and Glasson, where I noted 2 Robin, a Great Tit, and Blackbird

I've had no sighting, or seen any reports anywhere, of the Conder Green Common Sandpiper since 20 December.

Other Notes.



I was grateful to Simon Hawtin for passing on to me a record of the Stonechat he saw on Catshaw Fell 28 December which he kindly marked on the map. I've rarely been on this route, usually taking the track shown to the north-east on this map on the other side of Catshaw Greave up Hawthornthwaite Fell.

The count has reached a new peak of 23 Goldeneye on the Lune Estuary as seen and reported by AC on Tuesday, and the urban garden Grey Wagtail continues to visit us and was there again yesterday.

Confined to barracks since Monday, no birding, no blogging, but hopefully tomorrow may change all that.  

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