BIRDING THE LUNE ESTUARY THE FOREST OF BOWLAND AND BEYOND. GREENSHANK CONDER POOL PETE WOODRUFF

Sunday, 25 August 2019

Green To Red.

On Fridays visit to Conder Green, the Greenshank of late - with a peak count of 14 on 19 August - had deserted Conder Pool, but 11 Little Grebe remained, with 8 Teal back on here, and up to 160 Lapwing seen. In the creeks, 3 Common Sandpiper and a Goosander, and at River Winds, House Martins showing interest in a nest where a bird could be seen inside.

Seen from the coastal path, a Sparrowhawk flew over and out on to the marsh, no doubt the culprit being the cause of everything on Conder Pool in the air a few minutes earlier. On the Lune Estuary, an adult Common Tern, a 2nd winter Mediterranean Gull, and 3 Greenshank, 4 Painted Lady were on Knapweed by the bowling green.

The plan was then to go to Heysham were I counted 28 Mediterranean Gull on Red Nab an hour before high tide. I reckon a few would have been missed, not easy to see, with some birds hunkered down, hidden amongst the rocks, and not close in on what was a 7.80m tide an hour after I left.

On the pond, a particularly stunning male Emperor Dragonfly and Common Darter, with 6 Painted Lady on Buddleia, a Peacock and Gatekeeper seen.

The header image taken on Conder Pool, is dedicated to the memory of Ian Pinkerton, whose funeral I attended at the Parish Church of All Saints at Wigan on Wednesday. The image is a classic of Ian's showing the adult and young Common Tern expressing disapproval of the sheep being on their territory. 


Holly Blue. Pete Woodruff.

It was nice to find a Holly Blue yesterday, not the best image of one, too much sunlight on the scene, and has wear showing in it's wings....But a nice Holly Blue in our garden all the same. 

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