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

Friday, 19 May 2017

BBQ.

One or two Bowland Birds of Quality seen yesterday, though there were some blank spells, not least when I walked the length of track from Tower Lodge up by the plantation and back - a thirty minute crawl - and saw not a single bird but heard one Chaffinch, and in the entire 7 hours birding I heard not a solitary Willow Warbler let alone saw one, found no Redstart, and heard no Cuickoo.

But it was good to find 4 Stonechat on Hawthornthwaite Fell, seen as two pair with no evidence of breeding. Up to 12 Sand Martin were flying up and down Hawthornthwaite Greave were I saw a Grey Wagtail, also 6 Meadow Pipit, a Mistle Thrush, and a Wren, a Buzzard with a couple of primaries missing, was the only raptor seen all day. 


Siskin Noushka @ 1000-Pattes 

At Marshaw, a pair of Siskin and 2 Spotted Flycatcher were around the plantation. Birds seen along the length of the Marshaw Wyre to Trough Bridge, 4 Common Sandpiper two of which appeared to be a pair, 6 Grey Wagtail, and a Dipper.


Redpoll. Howard Stockdale. 

In the Tower Lodge area, male Pied Flycatcher, Spotted Flycatcher, Redpoll, and a Coal Tit. A female Stonechat seen from the start of the track towards Winfold Fell was the first I've ever seen here in many visits, a Red Admiral and Orange Tip were the only two butterflies seen. 

Many thanks to Noushka and Howard for their excellent Finches, I appreciate them.

The birding bus for a tour around the Lune Estuary leaves in 5 minutes! 

1 comment:

Richard Pegler said...

I've not seen any flycatchers, pied or spotted, yet this year, Pete. Hopefully that will be resolved when I visit Scotland next month. I'm delighted that you considered my Pied Flycatcher good enough to use for your header - thank you.

The new Plover Scar lighthouse looks rather splendid in your image.

Best wishes - - - Richard