Thursday, 21 November 2019

Twite Alright.

The fields this week at Cockersand were virtually void of the waders I'd been witnessing recently, and who knows where the Golden Plover had gone today, I had no sign of them in 5 hours anywhere on the Lune Estuary. But 42 Black-tailed Godwit were feeding quietly in the field south of Abbey Farm. A similar number of 12 Meadow Pipit were seen as on my last visit here, up to 170 Whooper Swan weren't accessible and distant. Four Greenfinch were around Bank Houses where I watched a male Kestrel make a dive at a Carrion Crow in the horse paddock.

Twite Cockersand. Pete Woodruff. Clik the pik

Saving the best until last....In the dying few minutes of the visit to Cockersand, 10 Twite dropped on to a treetop at the end of the Caravan Park, to spend some time preening before flying off. Something of a reward, and well worth the time I spent raking around. 

On the Lune Estuary at Glasson Dock, 3 Goldeneye drake were my first here this winter, also 350 Wigeon were the best count here too, and 12 Goosander was a good count also. Uncounted but nothing unusual about at least 2,000 Lapwing to note, also uncounted, a 'few' Redshank, up to 160 Black-tailed Godwit, 34 Snipe, c.225 Dunlin, 62 Curlew, a drake Red-breasted Merganser and a Great-crested Grebe

On the canal basin, a drake Goldeneye, 58 Tufted Duck, and a Great-crested Grebe. At Conder Green, 8 Little Grebe were seen as five in the creeks, and three on Conder Pool where I counted 32 Wigeon.

Recommended Reading.

There's an account of an amazing Redwing roost in East Lanc's on Bryan Yorke's website 'I Love Arnside & Silverdale' Here


Richard Pegler said...

More Twite in that super shot, Pete, than the total of Twite I've seen in my life! My very best wishes - - - Richard

Pete Woodruff said...

Interesting that you've never seen ten Twite. Thanks for the 'super shot', a little more than I expected Richard, but much appreciated.

My Very Best Wishes to you too Richard.

Marc Heath said...

Not seen a Twite in probably 10 years or so. Still a very scarce bird down here in Kent. Looks like you've got some good winter birds up there.

Pete Woodruff said...

No Twite in Kent in 10 years, interesting piece of info Marc.