BIRDING THE LUNE ESTUARY, THE UPLANDS OF BOWLAND AND BEYOND

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PLOVER SCAR & COCKERSAND LIGHTHOUSE. PETE WOODRUFF.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Seven Up!

Seven Stonechat found yesterday, with five seen on my first search of Jeremy Lane, another seen on my return, and one on the circuit of Cockersand. 

Also at Cockersand, one week later the Snow Bunting was again on the inner edge of Plover Scar today, and the long staying c.60 Twite were in the rough field behind Bank House Cottage accompanied by a Little Egret, 8 Blackbird and 2 Robin were noted in Bank Houses horse paddock, 120 Golden Plover were in the Abbey Farm field with Lapwing, the 4 Shoveler seen as two pair on 24 February, were still on the flood by the junction of Slack/Moss Lane, 2 Skylark seen, and 10 Brown Hare counted. 

An excellent return to the Lune Estuary of up to 2,000 Black-tailed Godwit upstream from the Conder Estuary, also c.420 Curlew, a female Goosander and drake Red-breasted Merganser seen. The Great-crested Grebe on the canal basin doesn't appear to have a mate as yet. 


Great White Egret. Lune Estuary 6 March. Pete Woodruff.

The Great White Egret was also on the Lune Estuary, by the Conder mouth initially, but made a couple of flights to come a little closer both times whilst I practiced my photographic skills which - according to this result - don't appear to be making much progress!!

Conder Pool was anything but inspirational, with 10 Tufted Duck and 9 Oystercatcher the stars, the Spotted Redshank and 3 Little Grebe were in the creeks.

Pleasant day, pleasant birding.

2 comments:

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful Egret, standing by the shore.

Pete Woodruff said...

Beautiful Egret, but not so beautiful picture of it....Thanks for looking in Bob, much appreciated.