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

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Better Late Than Never.

Slow off the block again on Friday, but it was good to get to Cockersand to take a good look around.

As I walked from Crook Farm a Snipe came up off the marsh, c.80 Twite were again around the Lighthouse Cottage area with a few Linnet seen. There was little of Plover Scar above water by the time I got there about 30 minutes short of a 10.20m tide to find just 2 Turnstone hanging on, with 5 Pied Wagtail and a 3 Ringed Plover fly by.

Two Wheatear were on the abbey ruins, and from Abbey Farm at least 375 Golden Plover were in the field with 25 Curlew, a single Knot and 6 Oystercatcher were escaping the tide on the headland. Two Tree Sparrow and 2 Blackbird were the only birds of note around Bank Houses horse paddock today.

As I approached the flooded field at the junction of Moss and Slack Lane I saw 18 Ringed Plover fly off, the field held at least 80 Meadow Pipit, 2 White Wagtail, 15 Pied Wagtail, and 4 Skylark, 5 Shoveler were seen as two pairs and a drake, with Teal and Redshank present. The Cockersand wintering swan herd is now reduced to 132 Whooper Swan


Brown Hare Martin Jump  

I counted 16 Brown Hare on the circuit at Cockersand on Friday. With thanks to Martin Jump for the image, good to see you as I came off Hawthornthwaite Fell last Tuesday Martin. 

Thanks to Jan Larsson for the header Lapland Bunting, rather more resplendent than the Cockersand bird. 



1 comment:

Marc Heath said...

80 Twite......! I think I've only ever seen 5 or so in Kent. A good variety of birds again Pete.