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

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Long Day Short List.

Round the bay and back for tea, with more pik's slipping through the quality control net again.


Sandwich Tern Red Nab 6 Sept. Pete Woodruff.

I decided to get to Heysham three hours before the tide on Wednesday morning. I took a look over Red Nab before walking to the power station outfalls and on to the south wall of the harbour. But Red Nab was the focus of my attention, the rest produced little of note.


1st Winter Mediterranean Gull Red Nab 6 Sept. Pete Woodruff.

Before the tide swallowed up Red Nab I found 12 Mediterranean Gull, eight of which were adult, with two near adult, and two 1st winter. By the time I was about to leave, 7 Sandwich Tern were present one of which was a 1st winter, I also had excellent views of the moulting adult Little Gull.

I dashed off to Cockersand to check Plover Scar before the tide dropped too much, but no surprises there, with c.600 Dunlin, 65 Ringed Plover, and 2 Turnstone. On a short circuit through Abbey Farm and back via the road, a flock of up to 80 Linnet were very mobile, and an impressive sight of at least 120 House Martin were feeding with Swallows over the field from Slack Lane. On the Lune Estuary at Glasson, 4 Mediterranean Gull were all adult, with 5 Goosander my only other notes from here.


Snipe Conder Pool 6 Sept. Pete Woodruff. 

At Conder Green, I was going to pronounce Conder Pool as 'dead', but in fact 12 Little Grebe on there was the new peak count, and a Snipe was hunkered down on the near small island from the viewing platform, a Greenshank and 2 Goosander were in the creeks with a Kestrel hovering over.

And a good time was had by all!

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