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

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

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Dunlin Plover Scar. Pete Woodruff.

Cloudy but dry yesterday until later in the afternoon, I was on Plover Scar just after high tide to find an impressive 2,500 Dunlin at least, with c.190 Ringed Plover, a single Whimbrel, a Knot, and 3 Grey Heron. When I returned to the Lighthouse Cottage 2 hours later, the Dunlin and other waders were strung out and feeding from Plover Scar to Crook Farm with nothing 'odd' with them.

There was a good movement of Swallow in my two hours in the Cockersand area, generally moving south, but some lingering over the fields, also a number of Sand Martin and a few House Martin, 10 Wheatear were close together on a line of 30 fence posts by Cockersand Abbey, and off the headland, just into double figures of Pied Wagtail and similar Meadow Pipit, a Common Sandpiper on the shingle off Bank Houses was the surprise of the day. 

Returning via the road, with the ditches cleared out and the hedgerows trimmed pretty, 45 Wood Pigeon and 15 Goldfinch noted. Two Mute Swan and a lone Greylag were in the field with no sign of the one left from the two long staying Whooper Swans, 2 Red Admiral were the only butterflies seen.

It was raining now, but 3 Mediterranean Gull adult and a Greenshank were picked out on the Lune Estuary at Glasson Dock, but being the coward I am when it's raining and I'm out birding, I'm off home....you can suit yourself!

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