Monday, 12 August 2019

Keeping Up Appearances!

Like the train now arriving on Platform 2, this post is running late, but here we go....

My plans for Thursday didn't include any birding, but it was almost as if it was a duty for me, that I went to Conder Green for a couple of hours in the afternoon, if only to check out the Avocets and Common Terns.

Common Tern 8 August Conder Pool. Pete Woodruff. Clik The Pik

The 6 Common Tern which have been seen on Conder Pool consistently since 25 July, included two young, one of which was fed large fish. The current peak of 11 Little Grebe made life easy by being at rest, floating on the surface and making the count a doddle.

The 4 Avocet young seem to have taken up permanently at the east end of the creeks to be viewed from the A588, but today I could only find one adult bird, also in the creeks, 5 Common Sandpiper.

Banded Demoiselle Conder Green 4 June 2018. Pete Woodruff.

Conditions being perfect, and despite several previous attempts in the past few weeks, upstream from the road bridge, I found 2 Banded Demoiselle at the same location as 7 seen on 4 June last year. A Kingfisher flew downstream whilst watching the damselflies. 

Butterflies seen, 39 Painted Lady (247 to date), 4 Gatekeeper, and 2 Speckled Wood. On my return home, 7 Swift were over our house in Lancaster.

Piks with a difference.

Silver Y. Lynn Woodruff. Clik the pik

It's a while since we had a 'Pik's with a difference' on Birds2blog. This one of the Alien in Lynn's garden fills the gap nicely.


Richard Pegler said...

I guess that the Silver Y is an alien on two counts, Pete. It certainly looks alien in that shot and, of course, as a species that migrates to UK it is technically an alien too! Take good care - - - Richard

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