BIRDING THE LUNE ESTUARY, THE UPLANDS OF BOWLAND AND BEYOND

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CLOUGHA PIKE. UNTIL RECENT YEARS THE BOWLAND STRONGHOLD FOR THE STONECHAT

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Until The Rains Came!

Star bird for me on the Lune Estuary at the moment has to be the drake Scaup, yesterday it was tucked away and out of sight until I found it at the west end of the pool with 5 Little Grebe close by. A second female Tufted Duck has six ducklings, hope it has better luck than the first one with seven ducklings on 25 July and not seen since, no surprise there it has to be said, 92 Lapwing were also present, and the Kingfisher put in an appearance, first time for me on Conder Pool in over three months since 29 April.

On the Lune Estuary at Glasson Dock, an adult Common Tern, estimates of waders in view, 1,500 Lapwing, 800 Redshank250 Dunlin, and 190 Curlew, with 14 Little Egret and 2 Great-crested Grebe noted. A call here on the way back to Lancaster at 4.30pm had the drake Scaup now on the canal basin, also a juvenile Great-crested Grebe was of note....You was right about the duck John!! 


Whimbrel. Plover Scar 8 August. Pete Woodruff.

At Cockersand, on Plover Scar up to high tide, 750 Dunlin, 45 Ringed Plover, 14 Redshank, 2 Turnstone and a Whimbrel. On the walk to Plover Scar, 2 Wheatear, 4 Linnet, a Peacock and Common Blue were seen in anything but ideal conditions if your'e a butterfly. 

The plan now was down the A588 to Fluke Hall, but a detour via Gulf Lane had me finding an adult Mediterranean Gull in a field of predominantly 1,250 Black-headed Gull, before a 15 minute deluge with more to come, had me doing a U turn back to Lancaster and....The End! 


Can't Be Birdin'....Won't Be Birdin'.....

Not in this yesterday afternoon anyway.

1 comment:

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Hi Pete!!! Very nice images of landscapes and birds .. Happy Sunday and week ahead..

Cheers :-)