BIRDING THE LUNE ESTUARY, THE UPLANDS OF BOWLAND AND BEYOND

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ISLAND MERE LEIGHTON MOSS RSPB. PETE WOODRUFF.

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Thankful For Small Mercies.

I got roped into an emergency taxi job to Dolphinholme yesterday, a family car broken down, well you forsake your birding and do these kind of things for family....don't you! 


But I had a couple of hours before the return journey and I made sure a visit to the Lune Estuary was on the cards which turned out a good idea if only because I found a nice adult Mediterranean Gull with a black hood developing well. The bird is above, in one of my worst photograph's of all time, but they were a good 500 metres away and you'll need to view it with a 'clik the pik' to find it.

Also of note, was a count of up to 2,500 Golden Plover, with at least twice that number of 5,000 Lapwing, and a few hundred Dunlin, with smaller numbers of Redshank and Curlew, and a few Knot, and 9 Snipe. The Black-tailed Godwit had moved on with only one or two around today, also just 2 Goldeneye seen and c.400 Wigeon

A quick look into the creeks at Conder Green produced 5 Little Grebe, Spotted Redshank, and a Snipe.

Two hours birding between the taxi job instead of none, and thankful for small mercies. 

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