BIRDING THE LUNE ESTUARY, THE FOREST OF BOWLAND AND BEYOND.

Friday, 10 February 2017

Heads Or Tails!

It was a bit like the toss of a coin on Wednesday between some uplanding, or for legging it along the coastal path, in the end I decided on the coastal path and off I went on the trek from Lancaster to Glasson Dock. Nothing too serious, no searching, no lingering, no telescope, just binoculars round my neck, and to be honest that's only half-birding, but enjoyable half-birding all the same. 

Forty species noted along the six miles and four hours dawdle, including Goosander on the River Lune by Carlisle Bridge, soon followed by a female Goldeneye flying upriver. A scan across Freeman's Pools had me note 3 Goldeneye and little else of note other than a few Teal, Tufted Duck, and Coot.

On Aldcliffe Marsh, up to 450 Pink-footed Geese, and possibly the first time I ever saw the flood deserted. Notable along the route was a decent count of 22 Blackbird, with 7 Robin, 8 Chaffinch, 3 Song Thrush, 3 Great Tit, a Mistle Thrush, and 12 Little Egret.

As I whizzed through Conder Green, the star residents, Spotted Redshank, Common Sandpiper and 4 Little Grebe were all seen in the creeks. When I got to Glasson Dock, with little more than a glance on the Lune Estuary had me see Black-tailed Godwit and Golden Plover, both barely reaching three figures....But I have to go....me bus is cumin!

The Runners Up.

Oystercatcher
Redshank
Curlew
Lapwing
Cormorant
Black-headed Gull
Herring Gull
LBB Gull
Canada Goose
Shelduck
Greylag
Mallard
Wigeon
Magpie
Carrion Crow
Wood Pigeon
Feral Pigeon
Pied Wagtail
Blue Tit
House Sparrow
Mute Swan
Moorhen

Garden Birds.

Together at one time in our garden yesterday 9 Blackbird, an all time best record for us, also the Grey Wagtail in our garden 22 December is still visiting regularly.


Blue Tit. Martin Jump.

And on the subject of garden birds. Martin sent me some brilliant images recently from his Allotment Reflection Pool Project  including this one of the Blue Tit reflected in the pond on his allotment....Pik's with a difference....luv 'em. 

2 comments:

Richard Pegler said...

Martin's Blue Tit image is an absolute cracker, Pete!

Pete Woodruff said...

Martin has some more excellent reflection images on his website.

Thanks for your contributions to Birds2blog Richard.