Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Snatched Again!

It's looking like snatching a couple of hours birding might become a feature with me at the moment, so yesterday I went to check out the landscape around Conder Green and Plover Scar.

Common Tern.

Common Tern Conder Pool. Pete Woodruff. 

A Mistle Thrush was by the bowling green at Glasson Dock from where I watched a Common Tern fishing on the Lune Estuary. It was one of the Conder Pool birds, I drove there from here to see the bird coming off the pool to return to the estuary to fish again which it repeated three times until it changed places with it's mate which in turn went off to feed, with both birds returning each time to feed young in the nest. The young were exposed three times during my stay at Conder Pool during which I only saw two chicks there having seen three eggs in the nest 2 June, and three chicks hatched and reported on Sunday.

Also noted on Conder Pool, 3 Linnet, one a young bird being fed, and in the creeks, 45 Black-tailed Godwit with 3 Little Egret together. 


The tally of the Avocet on Conder Pool was seven adult and three young, the two original birds now three weeks old, are surviving and feeding well, and often appeared to be left unguarded, the third young bird appears to be from the nest at the pool side edge of the island with two eggs still remaining in the nest, but this bird sitting left the nest unattended several times in thirty minutes and for long periods on occasion.

Coastal Path.

On a section of the coastal path sheltered from the wind and with the sun out briefly, I saw my first 2 Small Skipper, a Red Admiral, Peacockand Speckled Wood butterflies, and saw a Whitethroat leaving a nest. 

Plover Scar.

Turnstone. Howard Stockdale.

It was good to find 36 Turnstone amongst c.70 waders at high tideincluding some stunning males in their fine summer dress, 4 Grey Plover showing well then catching sight of their black armpits as they flew off,  also 22 Ringed Plover and 8 Dunlin.

Thanks for the image Howard, they don't come any smarter than the male Turnstone in breeding plumage.

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