BIRDING THE LUNE ESTUARY, THE UPLANDS OF BOWLAND AND BEYOND

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ISLAND MERE LEIGHTON MOSS RSPB. PETE WOODRUFF.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Bob's Yer Uncle!

With ten days behind me, a trip to Barbondale and another to Bowland since my last visit to the Lune Estuary, it was good to be seeing double on Conder Pool when I saw 4 Avocet there on Friday, the pair of originals are going about their breeding, whilst it's anybody's guess what the other two are up to, but when I returned later they had gone to the creeks to feed.


Common Tern. Conder Pool. Pete Woodruff.

Other than occasionally loafing on the frame, the Common Tern pair have previously ignored the pontoon on Conder Pool as a breeding site since it was installed, before today I've never seen these two actually inside it, but have certainly moved in this year giving us birding dudes a grand stand view of progress. 

Also on Conder Pool, a pair of Wigeon, 6 Tufted Duck, and a lone Lesser Black-backed Gull which I'd have preferred not to have seen as another to add to the predation list for the breeders. A Sedge Warbler was in song close to the viewing platform, with another in the reeds upstream from the A588 road bridge where I saw 3 Reed Bunting.

Black-tailed Godwit. Conder Green. Pete Woodruff.

A nice treat was at least 160 Black-tailed Godwit in the creeks, and at River Winds and the Cafe d' Lune, the House Martin appear to have four active nests. Along the coastal path 4 Whitethroat, a Dunnock, and a Whimbrel heard calling loudly.

The Lune Estuary from Glasson Dock was void of waders save another 2 Avocet upstream from the Conder mouth, with 14 Little Egret and 12 Eider noted. 

Cockersand was hard work and little pay, but it's got to be done, 3 Sedge Warbler and a Whitethroat was the sum total of warblers, a pair of Great Tit had a least one fledged young by Bank Houses, 5 Skylark and good numbers of Swallow over fields, 3 Whooper Swan with 2 Mute Swan, 2 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag, and one remaining long staying drake Shoveler were all in the field by the junction of Slack/Moss Lane....

And Bob's yer uncle!  

Many thanks for the header to Peter Guy and his excellent portrait of the Abbeystead Redshank.

1 comment:

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful showing of the Tern.