Tuesday, 3 September 2019

Back To Work!

Sidelined for nine days, it was good to get back for a rake around the Lune Estuary yesterday to find two new peak counts. 

On the first of two visits to check out Conder Pool it was virtually deserted, though a peak of 19 Little Grebe seems to contradict this. In the creeks, 3 Common Sandpiper, a Greenshank, and Kingfisher.

On the Lune Estuary, 7 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Greenshank, and 8 Snipe, with up to 2,500 Lapwing and 450 Redshank, a Goosander, and Great-crested Grebe. Two Peregrine Falcon hunting as a pair were probably juveniles in silhouette and changed the scene on the estuary completely. On the canal basin, c.60 Sand Martin were with a few Swallow and at least one House Martin, also 12 Tufted Duck. I mistimed my visit to Cockersand nothing new there then - for the waders on Plover Scar but found my first autumn Wheatear, 8 Eider were off the scar. 

2nd winter Med Gull Conder Pool 2 Sept. Pete Woodruff. Clik the pik

Back at Conder Green where the 10.12mtr tide had by now flooded the road in places, amongst a raft of c.120 Black-headed Gull was 7 Mediterranean Gull, five of which were probably of the ones seen two hours earlier at Glasson, but two on Conder Pool were a 2nd winter and 1st winter not previously seen on the estuary. Also on the pool, another peak of 16 Greenshank, at least 500 Redshank, and a Stock Dove to note.

Thanks to Howard Stockdale for the new header of the Swallows at Conder Green, assembled and preparing ready for the off southbound....Spot the Sand Martin.

1 comment:

Richard Pegler said...

I love Howard's image that you've used as a header, Pete. The bird flying in from the left just adds to the perfection. My very best wishes - - - Richard