Saturday, 15 June 2019

Pontoon Peace.

There's no doubt about it, there appeared to be a reign of peace yesterday on the pontoon at Conder Pool, but you don't have to be an ornithological genius to see that things won't last.

Common Tern Conder Pool 14 June. Ian Pinkerton.

The first Common Tern to have claimed territory on the pontoon now has two chicks, with one bird already seen wing flapping in IP's image above. The other Common Tern is sitting in the right corner, a third Common Tern which at one point was obviously sitting at the right hand edge of the island behind the pontoon has disappeared, unfortunate in that Conder Pool was looking like it was going to have another first record with three breeding Common Tern in 2019.

Black-headed Gull Conder Pool 14 June. Ian Pinkerton. 

The seemingly long time sitting Black-headed Gull finally also has two chicks, with the second bird sitting close by. But with the potential of at least sixteen birds in this confined space in the coming weeks the apparent peace won't last.

A circuit took me to Glasson Dock, to return via the canal where I saw/heard 5 Sedge Warbler and a Whitethroat. A Tree Sparrow took me by surprise, the second sighting of the species, the first on 28 May was of three in the hedgerow at the backside of Conder Pool seen from the canal, today's bird was just past the road bridge east of Christ Church seen from the canal  tow-path. I'm not often in this area, but both these sightings of Tree Sparrow are new locations to me. Also seen from the tow-path, 3 Large Skipper.  

Large Skipper. Pete Woodruff.

Thanks to Howard Stockdale for his header image of the Dipper juveniles seen at Tower Lodge on 2 June.

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Bowland Updated.

Weather-wise not quite the day I had hoped for on Monday, an hour into the visit I had to escape back to the car almost a mile away from a downpour. But it was actually all worth while when the weather dried up, not least because I eventually found 3 Pied Flycatcher, a male of which was at a natural hole in the same tree 100 metres east of Trough Bridge, where I've found them before in two previous years, I got no sign of any female in a lengthy stakeout. The other sighting was at a nest box with male and female entering to feed young.

Spotted Flycatcher. Howard Stockdale.

I found only 4 Spotted Flycatcher today, all at the backside of the plantation from Tower Lodge. Also noted of the 24 species counted, 10 Grey Wagtail were on the Marshaw Wyre including juveniles, also a similar number of Pied WagtailA few Sand Martin were at Marshaw, and at least four active House Martin nests are at Tower Lodge with Swallow around. On the Marshaw Wyre, 4 Common Sandpiper were seen as two pairs with behaviour indicating young around.  

I twice heard a Cuckoo calling, this one in the Marshaw area as opposed to the last visit when one was heard in the area of woodland above Tower Lodge. Nine Chaffinch seen included two juvenile, 2 Blackcap, 2 Mistle Thrush, and a singing Willow Warbler was the only one today.

I had no sighting of Dipper on the Marshaw Wyre, my last here was on 23 May 2018 despite at least four visits.

At Stoops Bridge, Abbeystead, another pair of Pied Flycatcher were seen visiting a natural nest hole to feed young, and a pair of Spotted Flycatcher, the female of which could be clearly seen on the nest.

Garden Birds.

Garden Blackbird 11 June. Pete Woodruff.

We now have a trio of young Blackbirds in our garden. It was a treat to see all three together in pursuit of an adult male, running down the path towards the kitchen door yesterday....Magic.  

Sunday, 9 June 2019

And The Winner Is....

7 June. Ian Pinkerton. (Clik The Pik)

This image shows the cramped style the birds are enduring on the pontoon at Conder Green, with two pairs of Common Tern and a Black-headed Gull all sitting on eggs. Already the week old Oystercatcher chicks have been dealt with, little doubt by the Common Terns, with two corpses in view as evidence, the Black-headed Gull and whatever it's nest produces will have been marked as the next. All this, and with tolerance tested to the limit between the terns when young are involved. There's only going to be one winner this space. 

Three breeding pairs of Common Tern seen, with just 2 Avocet and none seen sitting, adds to the negative news from Conder Pool. Up to 140 Black-headed Gull had assembled here again, and 2 Dunlin seemed out of place here. There are a healthy number of Swallow around Conder Green Farm, and I counted six active House Martin nests at River Winds. Elsewhere, the Lesser Whitethroat continues to sing from the coastal path, and a Whitethroat and Sedge Warbler noted.

Common Blue. Pete Woodruff.

On the headland, I saw 6 Common Blue as I walked to Plover Scar where I spent a pleasant 45 minutes to find up to 160 Ringed Plover, the bonus of which was three day old chicks, also 130 Dunlin present, and 2 Linnet dropped in briefly. 

Cinnabar. Pete Woodruff.

A Cinnabar was at Conder Green. A fairly common moth which is usually nocturnal, but easily disturbed from long grass during the day.

Friday, 7 June 2019

Climate Change.

Climate change has already made a significant impact on bird populations around the world and the impact is projected to become much larger in the future, increasing the risk of extinction for many species.


There's this guy, I think he's called the president of the US, and he's a climate change denier who is so deluded that he calls the whole thing a 'hoax', and he's been welcomed with all the trimmings on an official state visit to the UK by the PM and her cronies, who claim to be a government calling itself a global climate leader.

The hypocrisy of all this is a bit much, so while they're feeling the pressure to prove their climate credentials, we can put some serious heat on them to finally declare a Climate Emergency. 

Please consider SIGNING THIS PETITION ....I have.

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Pool, Scar, & Garden.

The Oystercatcher family have disappeared from the pontoon which is now on a tilt presumably grounded, judging by the sustained dive bombing attacks I witnessed last Thursday, the chicks probably perished at the hands of the Common Terns, and the adults deserted.

There are three breeding pairs of Common Tern, with a second pair now having taken up in the right hand corner of the pontoon to join the left hand corner pair, and the Black-headed Gull still sitting at the rear. An error in the text sent to me on 30 May to say...'three B. H. Gull chicks still alive'....should have read Oystercatcher. The third Common Tern is sitting at the right hand edge of the island behind the pontoon. 

Also noted on Conder Pool, of 6 Avocet seen four are still sitting. For the first time I saw 2 Little Ringed Plover together, a Greenshank, 6 Redshank, at least 140 Black-headed Gull, and a few Sand Martin hawking insects. From the coastal path, a singing Lesser Whitethroat and 2 Whitethroat, 10 Canada Geese flew south off the Lune Estuary.

From Jeremy Lane, 2 Buzzard flew low over the fields towards Cockersand. On Plover Scar at high tide, c.200 waders seen as 120 Dunlin, 80 Ringed Plover, and a lone Sanderling.

Sanderling/Dunlin Plover Scar 3 June. Pete Woodruff.

I managed a poor shot of two roosting waders which were a long way off and a howler blowing on Plover Scar, the pale one had me guessing for a while and was much bigger than the Dunlin, both species being no more than 21cm in length, but the other bird being bulkier was a Sanderling.  

Garden Birds.

We had a family party of Great Tit with at least three young seen this morning, two sibling Blackbirds are thriving, and the young begging Goldfinch continue to visit the feeders. 

I got another short 'unsteady' video again on Monday, the Little Ringed Plover on Conder Pool is best viewed on Full Screen.


Sunday, 2 June 2019

And Finally!

After several failed attempts over a long period of time, I finally succeeded to upload a video I made on to Birds2blog. I'm not able to edit the film, and the small size is out of my control, so it's best viewed on Full Screen, it shows a sustained attack on the Oystercatcher by the Common Tern, a situation which will only get worse.


News from Conder Pool.

Thanks to Ian Pinkerton for his update of three eggs in the Common Tern nest, and three Black-headed Gull chicks seen Friday 30 May. Also, thanks to Ian Mitchell for letting me know about his Painted Lady butterfly seen around the Lighthouse Cottage area at Cockersand, where he also saw several Common Blue along the headland.

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Conder Pool....The Bigger Picture.

Conder Pool East End. Pete Woodruff.

Since the landscape was restructured in Autumn,  the water level here for this time of year is far too low, and since the channels were excavated to a depth below the average winter water level, this hasn't been enough to retain a good level through the spring and into the summer. 

Depth Gauge Conder Pool. Pete Woodruff. 

The water level gauge is already at the pool side on dry land, if we continue to have some decent dry weather, and then go on to have a dry hot summer, evaporation will become an added factor for Conder Pool to become a glorified dried up gravel pit.

The general consensus is, we need some heavy downpours....You can make your own mind up if you think this is the answer to the problems of Conder Pool.

Overcrowding 28 May. Ian Pinkerton.

The Oystercatcher pair already have three chicks out of the box and into view, the Common Terns were making sustained dive bombing attacks, while the Black-headed Gull sits tight and waits to be involved in the war about to break out.

There are now 6 Common Tern on Conder Pool with three birds sitting. I watched one bird fly in from the Lune Estuary with a fish which was offered and taken by the female. Eight Avocet seen included last Fridays discovery of four sitting were seen again. The Little Ringed Plover was close in again, a few Sand Martin were hawking over the pool, and 2 Swift flew through.

Greylag. Pete Woodruff.

I saw 3 Tree Sparrow in the hedgerow at the back of Conder Pool, and 28 Greylag were in a field on the south side of the canal at Conder Green. It was good to see 2 Goldfinch young in our garden yesterday, also a young Blackbird made its first appearance out of the nest here.

Sunday, 26 May 2019

Keeping Tabs.

It was a case of keeping tabs on Conder Pool on Friday, my birding allowance barely gave me time to do it, but it was my fix for the day and thankful for it.

The count peaked at 6 Common Tern today, two were visitors which flew around a few minutes and then disappeared towards the estuary, the other four are the summer resident two pairs, the females of which are now sitting, four of the 6 Avocet seen are also sitting, and at least 25 Sand Martin were hawking over the pool, the Little Ringer Plover allowed good views, Little Egret were in a gang in the creeks, and a Reed Bunting was in the hedgerow. 

Kestrel was hovering upstream from the A588 road bridge, with 2 Whitethroat, 2 Sedge Warbler seen as I made my way to the coastal path from where I picked out 11 Eider hauled out on the Lune Estuary at low tide. 

Common-blue Damselflies. Pete Woodruff.

Along the canal between Glasson and Conder Green, there was an abundance of damselflies on and around the sections of canal-side vegetation, and I spotted a pair of Common-blue Damselflies in tandem, a mature male coupled with an immature female....

Blue-tailed Damselfly. Pete Woodruff.

....and an immature male Blue-tailed Damselfly.

No Vacancies.

The Common Tern having been beaten to the pontoon by the soon to hatch Black-headed Gull, have been joined by an Oystercatcher with the same plan. All this - and the two ridiculous plastic decoys appearing to be dead and lying on their side - all makes for trouble ahead, and it's not going to be nice. 

Conder Pool 2018. Pete Woodruff.

Add to this, I recently roughly counted 90 sheep on the land surrounding Conder Pool, despite having it on good authority that....'The sheep weren't supposed to go on until mid July to reduce disturbance and try to get a taller sward for breeding Redshank'....Ground nesting birds and 90 sheep are not compatible and are a dangerous mix.


I've edited the post to add a relevant comment found in records from Conder Pool on Sunday....'Several sheep on the 'island' last week were practically standing on the nests'.... 

Thanks to Ian Mitchell once again for his excellent header image of the Conder Pool LRP.

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

The Estuary Terns et al.

Not easy to be accurate about the number around the Lune Estuary yesterday, but I reckon over a five hour period 6 Common Tern were seen in five sightings. When I arrived at Conder Pool, two birds were present, whist I was there four joined the two and flew around the pool briefly before heading off towards the River Lune. In the afternoon a bird was patrolling the canal by Christ Church, later I presumed the same bird was leaving the canal basin towards the estuary where I found two birds plunge diving, both to return to the same area of the river bank before soon taking off to plunge again, they returned to the bank together three times. I went back to the car to get my telescope to see if I could make out what this behaviour was about, I thought perhaps a male was feeding a female, but when I returned the pair were heading back off the river towards Conder Pool. I drove straight to Conder Green to find 3 Common Tern on the pool, two on the pontoon and one in the background on the island.

There's no telling what will happen on the pontoon, having beaten the Common Tern to it, the Black-headed Gull is obviously sitting by now, and a Common Tern was creating a scrape yesterday and looking intent on nesting there. I think I know the this space.

Stock taking on Conder Pool, 6 Common Tern, 6 Avocet, a Little Ringed Plover, 28 Black-headed Gull, 13 Oystercatcher, 10 Tufted Duck, 2 Shelduck, 2 Wood Pigeon.

Turnstone Plover Scar 20 May. Pete Woodruff.

At Cockersand high tide, Plover Scar held up to 550 Dunlin, 80 Ringed Plover, and a single Turnstone, a Whimbrel was on the marsh off Lighthouse Cottage, and a Whitethroat was singing on the wires. The only butterfly was my first Common Blue at Cockersand, with 3 Orange Tip at Glasson Dock.   

Saturday, 18 May 2019

Late News....Again.

There was a peak count of 10 Avocet at Conder Green on Thursday, five in the creeks, and five on Conder Pool which brings me to believe only the one bird was still sitting. I saw a Common Tern briefly on Conder Pool, it was on the right hand end of one of the newly constructed islands behind the pontoon, but the next time I looked it had disappeared and I didn't see it again. Until I saw this bird it had been missing for two days with no sightings. Also of note on the pool, a Common Sandpiper and 3 Black-tailed Godwit. On a brief wander Whitethroat and Sedge Warbler.

Ringed Plover/Dunlin Plover Scar. Pete Woodruff.

At the high tide roost on Plover Scar it was good to find 3 Sanderling, seen as a wader with the status of being an uncommon passage migrant at both spring and autumn periods, and rare winter visitor in our recording area. Also on the scar, up to 550 Dunlin and 65 Ringed Plover, 3 Eider where off here.

Little Ringed Plover. Pete Woodruff.

I decided on a detour on the way back to Lancaster and went to Aldcliffe for a short 30 minute circuit. It was a good idea if only because I found 3 Little Ringed Plover along the edges of the Wildfowlers' Pools, with 2 Gadwall drake, and also noted 3 Whitethroat, a Chiffchaff, and 2 Song Thrush.

Thanks to Ian Mitchell for another of his Avocet images he kindly sent me in the new header.

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

As Good As It Gets.

I had an excellent day between Marshaw and east of Trough Bridge to log 26 species yesterday. Not a mega number of species counted, but a good reflection of birds to be expected seen at this location. With some species missing, notably Redstart and Dipper not seen, but otherwise as good as it gets in Bowland.

Pied Flycatcher. Howard Stockdale. 

Two Pied Flycatcher were seen as a male with female probably sitting in a nest box, and a female, singing male Blackcap, Garden Warbler and probably up to 12 Willow Warbler. House Martin are nesting at Tower Lodge with Swallow present, 9 Robin, 5 Mistle Thrush and 2 Song Thrush, with Siskin and Lesser Redpoll seen and at least singles of Long-tailed Tit, Coal Tit and Nuthatch.

Six Spotted Flycatcher maintained the reputation of being the best location in our recording area for the species, 4 Common Sandpiper and 5 Grey Wagtail were on the Marshaw Wyre, and a Cuckoo called on and off all afternoon along the woodland strip above Tower Lodge. With a good number of 'whites' seen, 2 Orange Tip were the only other butterflies seen.

Thanks to Howard for his excellent images of the Bowland Flycatchers. 

Sunday, 12 May 2019

Should Have Gone To Specsavers!

I met a birder as he drove away from the car park at Lighthouse Cottage on Friday, to learn I'd missed a decent passage experience from here including 54 Arctic Tern....Thanks for the conversation and info Ian, much appreciated.

Perhaps some drifters from a major passage into Morecambe Bay which was observed and recorded by a dedicated team of four over a 9 hour period....Birding at the cutting edge.

Avocet Conder Pool. Ian Mitchell.

On Conder Pool, 42 Black-tailed Godwit included four in the creeks with a Greenshank. Also on the pool, the currently resident Spotted Redshank and 6 Avocet, a White Wagtail, and the Greylag pair with five young still thriving and surviving, and my first Swift went over.

On the circuit, the Lesser Whitethroat still sings north of the picnic area, with Whitethroat and Sedge Warbler. A pair of Dunnock and Reed Bunting of note along the coastal path, and I watched 2 House Martin collecting mud in the creeks to take it to two nests at the Cafe d' Lune

My little bit of passage came on a check of Plover Scar, and had 6 Sandwich Tern lingering briefly with their distinctive loud grating call to plunge dive around the lighthouse before flying off. On the scar, 485 Dunlin, 85 Ringed Plover, and 3 Wheatear. Off here, a pair of Eider and Teal.

Green-veined White. Pete Woodruff.

Of the good number of Large/Small White butterflies seen today - I didn't see a single 'coloured' one - I was able to identify 3 Green-veined White feeding.

Thanks to Ian Mitchell for the Avocet image he kindly sent me after I had met him at Conder Green last Tuesday.

Thursday, 9 May 2019

More Catch Up.

A couple of hours around Conder Green on Tuesday began with me looking for other people's birds again....This is in danger of becoming pretty boring.

Today's catch up was the Common Tern which had arrived on Conder Pool last Friday. The bird hasn't attracted any company as yet, though I'm told of two birds on the pool before my arrival, but I've yet to see any other reports to confirm the claim.

Little Ringed Plover Conder Pool 7 May. Pete Woodruff.

The Little Ringed Plover came to rest a while just off the viewing screen, giving the opportunity for a pik. Also on Conder Pool, 6 Avocet, a pair of Goosander, and the Greylag pair which have already lost four goslings, down to five from nine seen last Friday, 2 Sand Martin came down on a muddy edge and briefly showed pairing behaviour before flying off.

Spotted Redshank. Pete Woodruff. 

The Spotted Redshank was sweeping up in the creeks, also a lone Dunlin. On a wander, the House Martin are around River Winds and Cafe d' Lune, and there was healthier numbers of Swallow seen today particularly around Conder Green Farm. A singing Reed Bunting, with Sedge Warbler, Whitethroat, Blackcap, and 2 Orange Tip seen.

A look in on Plover Scar at Cockersand around the high tide produced a low count of Dunlin and Ringed Plover in a ratio of c.110/50, also a Wheatear on here, and 2 Whimbrel were off Lighthouse Cottage.

Thanks to Ian Pinkerton for his Sedge Warbler header.

Sunday, 5 May 2019

Good Afternoon.

Having been a little tied up in the morning, I decided to give Conder Green the benefit of my birding for Friday afternoon, and spent what developed into a pleasing three hours there.

Spotted Redshank Conder Pool 3 May. Pete Woodruff.

As with Tuesday, when it was catch up with the Little Ringed Plover, I caught up with another 'Conder Special' this time it was the Spotted Redshank.

Spotted Redshank/Black-tailed Godwit. Pete Woodruff.

Thinking it was one of the 48 Black-tailed Godwit it was in company with, it was obligingly enjoying the feeding frenzy in front of the viewing screen at Conder Pool.

A mass arrival of Swallow and Sand Martin today included a mix of up to 200 over Conder Pool, with a few House Martin seen. A Little Ringed Plover seen again, with 6 Avocet and a pair of Greylag with nine gosling. In the creeks, a Greenshank and Common Sandpiper, and on a wander, a Lesser Whitethroat included my getting a good recording - but not quite as good as the one below - of the singing bird heard on Tuesday north of the picnic area at Conder Green. A Whitethroat, Blackcap, Sedge Warbler, and a Dunnock, a Whimbrel heard calling on the estuary.

Common Tern.

A Common Tern was back on Conder Pool again yesterday, the earliest date of the five previous years, and three days earlier than last years arrival on 7 May. Thanks to Ian Pinkerton for the alert text.  

Thursday, 2 May 2019

Back To The Future.

Well....back to the coastal path from Aldcliffe to Conder Green on Tuesday, an excellent five hour crawl even if the flood was totally deserted. I was well pleased with the results on the route to Conder Green along the old disused railway, always a good birding venue especially at this time of the year. 

Two Jay and a Mistle Thrush  were around Freeman's Pools, the Wildfowler's Pool hosted no more than 13 birds, being 3 Shoveler drake, a pair of Gadwall, 6 Mallard, and 2 Shelduck

The competition between two species ended with a draw, when I saw/heard 10 Blackcap and 10 Chiffchaff. Runners up on the warbler front, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, and surprisingly only 3 Willow Warbler, and even more surprising, only a single Whitethroat which sang at Stodday whilst I had stopped off there for refreshments.

I noted 10 Blackbird, 7 Goldfinch, Robin, and 12 Little Egret, 6 Whimbrel were across the river from Nansbuck Cottage. But I was about to get the surprise of the day, when I passed Waterloo Cottage and walked on about 200 metres, a Cuckoo called six times then fell silent, I noted the grid reference from the path was SD457567. 

At Conder Green, 2 Dunnock were in the picnic area, and a Greenshank was in the creeks. On Conder Pool, as Monday up to 50 Black-tailed Godwit again, 5 Avocet, and a pair of Goosander.

Speckled Wood. Pete Woodruff.

No more than 6 Swallow seen in the five hours, four of which were at Conder Green Farm. Butterflies of note, 14 Orange Tip one of which was a female, 6 Speckled Wood, 2 Green-veined White, and the butterfly surprise of the day, a lone Small TortoiseshellThe only pik I managed today was of the Speckled Wood with some damage to it's right wing.

In Memoriam.

 Woodchat Shrike. Jo Bradley.

Remembering the brilliant Woodchat Shrike found at Aldcliffe 5 years ago on 8 May 2014. Thanks to Jo Bradley, excellent image....excellent bird.

I'm also grateful for the LRP header image on Conder Pool from Ian Pinkerton.

Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Catch Up!

Little Ringed Plover Conder Pool 29 April. Pete Woodruff

I caught up with one of the Little Ringed Plover on Conder Pool yesterday, although it didn't play the game for a pik for me, two birds observed in display flight on Sunday (Ian Hartley).

Black-tailed Godwit Conder Pool 29 April. Pete Woodruff.

Neither did the c.50 Black-tailed Godwit play ball, and didn't reveal themselves until a mass departure with just about every other bird on the pool caused by an unknown, when they flew off towards the estuary. Five Avocet were also on the pool with a Greenshank, and a Sedge Warbler gave brief song in the reeds upstream from the road bridge. Downstream in the channel from the iron bridge, 12 Black-tailed Godwit, with a Whitethroat from the coastal path.

At Cockersand, 7 Eider off Plover Scar, a Wheatear, the ever present Skylark singing it's everlasting flight song, and a Kestrel. I saw only 9 Swallow in 5 hours today. Butterflies noted, 4 Green-veined White, 3 Peacock, a Speckled Wood, and 9 Orange Tip, one of which was in our garden. 

Sunday, 28 April 2019

Little And Not Very Often....

....but it was good to see the hirundines showing some sign of a return, with House Martins seen at River Winds, and Swallows at Conder Green Farm, Gardners Farm on Moss Lane, and Bank Houses at Cockersand, though not a double figure in total.

Six Avocet were seen as four on Conder Pool and two in the creeks. A Whitethroat seen from the coastal path, and 22 Black-tailed Godwit downstream from the iron bridge. I found my first Cockersand Wheatear, and having deserted the fields around Abbey Farm and numbering at least 500 during April, 12 Golden Plover appeared to be the last remaining remnants in flight over Lighthouse Cottage.

Thanks to Brain Rafferty for his Whimbrel header image, discovered coming to roost at the new Grimsargh Wetlands.

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Two Days And Six Rings.

Another walk on Sunday produced 4 Blackcap, two of which were a male and female from the woodland trail at Lancaster University, and another in full song which gave excellent views.

The song of the male Blackcap runs equal with that of the Nightingale, as the best songbirds to be heard in the UK. 

Also seen, 6 Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Jay, and 2 Mistle Thrush one being on the woodland tail where a Nuthatch seen, and my first of the year Orange Tip, and 2 Speckled Wood

Yesterday Mike wanted to accompany me on a visit to Harrisend and Hawthornthwaite, but needed to be back home by 12.30pm, so off we went to get on Harrisend by 8.30am. I'll avoid any drama, other than to say the morning was a disaster, in that we found not one Stonechat on either of the fells, although the visit to the latter was much briefer than I would have liked. My best contact for Stonechat tells me in an e-mail, that despite being in Bowland every weekend since mid-February, he saw his first bird yesterday up Langden.

On Harrisend, a good number of Willow Warbler, especially around the old Hawthorn surrounded by gorse where there was a highly mobile up to six birds. Also at least 20 Meadow Pipit, a male Reed Bunting, a Snipe in flight, 5 Red Grouse, and we may have heard/seen 3 Curlew

On Hawthornthwaite, a smart male Wheatear, 12 Meadow Pipit, 4 Red Grouse, a Redshank, and Curlew. A lone Swallow seen as we passed Yates's Farm.....Where are all the Swallows?


Black-tailed Godwit.

Photo Credit. Howard Stockdale.

A Black-tailed Godwit colour marked RGY - RNR was seen at Leighton Moss RSPB Reserve on 17 April. I'm grateful to Howard Stockdale for the excellent image of the bird, and to Pete Potts for the history following my submitting it to him.

With the exception of 9 sightings, it was seen and recorded nowhere else other than 85 times in Kent, and has a history as long as your arm. Here condensed....


29 Sep ringed as an adult probable female at Harty, The Swale, Kent. 
07 Oct Oare Marshes
10 Dec Queensborough Harbour. 7 subsequent records at this location


03 Feb Queensborough Harbour
26 Apr Rutland Water, Leicestershire
05 July Oare Marshes. 22 subsequent records at this location


16 Jan Oare Marshes
22 Mar Motney Hill 
06 Apr Motney Hill


22 Jan Elmley
05/07/12 Feb Motney Hill
18/25/28/29/ Apr Leighton Moss RSPB Reserve
09 July Oare Marshes. 20 subsequent records at this location


01 Jan Conyer 4 subsequent records
31 July Oare Marshes 16 subsequent records at this location


09 Mar Queensborough
09/23/24 Apr Leighton Moss RSPB Reserve 


16 Nov Oare Marshes


17 Apr Leighton Moss RSPB Reserve