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BIRDING THE LUNE ESTUARY THE FOREST OF BOWLAND AND BEYOND..................................................................................................................SUNRISE PETE WOODRUFF

Thursday, 24 December 2020

Tier 3....The Great Escape.

 

It was a full house at the car park on Rigg Lane on Tuesday. One family group told me they were just glad to be out of the house for a while. For me it was much the same, but with the added pleasure of finding 4 Stonechat at Birk Bank today, by coincidence the same count as my visit here on 16 October, though not necessarily being the same birds again.


Along the way I saw 8 Red Grouse, but this image is more to highlight the limestone structure than the bird, it's alcoves and why it stands alone puzzles me. The only other birds encountered, 2 Goldcrest and a Robin. A Buzzard gave me an excellent photo opportunity had I stopped the car, it was perched on a fencepost  as I drove approaching Quernmore.


The Silver Birch trees made attractive silhouette patterns in the late afternoon light....


....and spending a few minutes on the boardwalk around the bog gave the pleasure of reminding me of summer months, when I found the Keeled Skimmer at Birk Bank for my fourth year.

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Thanks to Howard Stockdale for sending me an appropriate seasonal image of the Sanderling, one of my most favourite waders for a Christmas header.

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4 comments:

David Eaves said...

Have a great Christmas Pete and let's hope we can all get out birding very soon
again in the New Year

Pete Woodruff said...

Thanks, and nice to see you here again on B2B.

Have a Happy Christmas David, and lets hope the New Year can soon wave goodbye to this Covid thing.

Richard Pegler said...

I hope that you had, and are still having, a wonderful Christmas, Pete. Thank you for the delightful images and the very moving Bocelli video. My very best wishes to you and KT, with the hope that the vaccine will release us all from the threat of this terrible virus soon.

Pete Woodruff said...

Thanks Richard. Hope your Christmas is going well for you too.

Best Wishes to you and Lindsey.