BIRDING THE LUNE ESTUARY, THE UPLANDS OF BOWLAND AND BEYOND

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ALDCLIFFE MARSH HIGH TIDE. PETE WOODRUFF.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Just Cockersand.

Two hours either side of the high tide on Monday I concentrated on Cockersand, though I did see the Spotted Redshank at Conder Green as I drove through, to record the bird for something like the 75th time since it's return here on 12 September 2016. 

There was probably little more than 120 Whooper Swan left at Cockersand on Monday, with 330 of my best wintering estimate of a steady 450 having presumably moved northwards. Waders on Plover Scar at high tide amounted to 193 birds, 110 Dunlin, 58 Oystercatcher, 10 Turnstone, 8 Redshank, 4 Ringed Plover, and 2 Knot, a lone Grey Plover was the quality bird. 

A Buzzard was overhead by Cockersand Abbey being mobbed by a Carrion Crow, and in Bank Houses horse paddock, White Wagtail and at least 3 Tree Sparrow.


Wheatear Brian Rafferty  

The stubble field left off Slack Lane towards the Lighthouse Cottage was quite active and held my first smart male Wheatear, a flock of up to 100 flighty finches eventually came down to reveal with some difficulty c.80 Twite and 15 Linnet, also c.50 Meadow Pipit, a few Pied Wagtail, and at least one Skylark, c.800 Golden Plover were settled in the field behind the stubble, and 2 Goldcrest were in the line of Willows with a Wren seen. Butterflies of the day were, 4 Small Tortoiseshell and a Peacock.  

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