BIRDING THE LUNE ESTUARY, THE UPLANDS OF BOWLAND AND BEYOND

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COCKERSAND LIGHTHOUSE OFF PLOVER SCAR. PETE WOODRUFF.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Nice Day, Nice Birding.

But first a negative within the positives....

I found eight Lapwing chicks on my rounds yesterday, they were in a couple of 'safe fields' and were eight up on their relatives whose parents had made the mistake of nesting in two fields which have now been 'worked' putting an end to several nest's/egg's/young....not as fortunate as the eight I saw earlier. 

Whinchat Paul Foster

In and around the cover crop on Slack Lane at Cockersand, a female Whinchat seen was on the same fence posts the 7 April Stonechat was on and was still in the area when I returned later, it was in the field behind Lighthouse Cottage with my first Whitethroat, a Wheatear, a Reed Bunting, 8 Stock Dove, and several Dunlin and Ringed Plover....Thanks for the image Paul, much appreciated.

I mis-timed my intention to check out Plover Scar which was almost completely submerged by 12.20pm, an hour before a 10.36m high tide, but a Whimbrel flew by, and on a small area of shingle off Bank Houses, c.250 Dunlin and 4 Ringed Plover were seeking refuge from the tide. 

Inland, 2 Sedge Warbler, 5 Blackbird, a singing Wren, Dunnock, and 6 Skylark. a pair of Shoveler and 2 Whooper Swan were in the flooded field, and 2 Swallows were seen taking an interest in Abbey Farm buildings. 

The Avocet pair were on Conder Pool, with a Kingfisher on the terrace at the far end, and 3 Greylag to note. A rake around the creeks saw 5 Common Sandpiper, and 4 Greenshank, 24 Black-tailed Godwit seen, eighteen of which were well down the channel towards the estuary.

There was little to hold me at Glasson Dock, with 4 Black-tailed Godwit, a lone Whimbrel, and 3 Eider seen.

Nice day, nice birding.


Ringed Plover. Pete Woodruff. 

Escaping the tide at Cockersand.

Thanks to Howard for the regularly seen Merlin during the winter months at Cockersand.

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