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

Thursday, 4 January 2018

The Rewind.

I've been perusing through my 2017 records, and pulled out some random finds and seen, and included my breeding records of the Stonechat which sadly doesn't make such good reading. In fact the records don't even mention Clougha, which - rightly or wrongly - I have abandoned as our once local stronghold in the same way the Stonechat has. I also visited Barbondale three times and found not a single Stonechat there. The Dalton Cragg record (*) credited to Bryan Yorke.

Eight Stonechat breeding records - 20 young - in 2017....Disastrous.

17 May Hareden, a pair and 2 young.
19 June White Greet, a female and 2 young.
03 July Foulshaw, a male and 4 young.
12 July Birk Bank, a pair and 2 young, a male, and a female. Four visits May - August.
12 July Harrisend, 2 male, a female, and a young.
17 July Hawthornthwaite, a male, two female, and 7 young. 
14 Sept Dalton Cragg, a pair and 2 young *
15 Sept Hawthornthwaite, a pair and one young. Five visits May - Sept.

Five December Lowland Stonechats.

10 Dec Heysham Half Moon Bay, 1st winter male and female.
11 Dec Crook Cottage Cockersand, 1st winter male.
22 Dec Off Caravan Park Cockerham Sands, 1st winter male and female.

Other notable birds found in 2017, and (*not my credit.

20 Jan Conder Pool, Great White Egret. *
27 Jan Pilling, Red-breasted Goose and 10 White-fronted Geese. *
27 Jan Knott End, Black Redstart. *
03 Feb Conder Channel, Conder Green, Little Stint. 
17 Feb Moss Lane, 22 Bewick's Swan.
17 Feb Lune Estuary, Glasson, 46 Goldeneye peak count.
24 Feb Cockerham Marsh, 2 Shorelark. * (Andrew Cornall)
27 Feb Plover Scar, Snow Bunting
06 Mar Jeremy Lane, 6 Stonechat.
23 Mar Deep Cutting Lancaster Canal, 2 Little Owl. *
24 Mar Cockersand, Lapland Bunting.
10 Mar Conder Pool. 2 Avocet.
08 May Conder Pool, 2 Common Tern.
25 May Barbondale, 11 Pied Flycatcher.
25 May River Lune Bull Beck, 6 Little Ringed Plover including 3 chicks.
31 May Sykes Farm Bowland, 15 House Martin nests.
31 May Langden Brook, pair Ring Ouzel.
14 Jun Tower Lodge area, 6 Spotted Flycatcher.
19 Jun White Greet, 3 Stonechat, Bloe Greet 3 Stonechat.
12 July Birk Bank Bog, 3 Keeled Skimmer.
04 Aug Conder Pool, drake Scaup.
26 Sep Lune Estuary Glasson, 18 Ruff.
06 Oct Cockersand, 14 Ruff.
23 Oct Cockersand, adult male Stonechat.
02 Nov Crimbles, 2 Ruff on flood.

A decent selection of records, and if my birding this year is anything like as good as the last was, I'll be well happy.

1 comment:

Marc Heath said...

Some excellent records there Pete. Always nice to see good record keeping. Makes for some interesting reading. I wonder how this year will compare.