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

Sunday, 24 January 2021

Little Birding Moments.

Thanks to Howard for the excellent header image of the Brent Geese.

My birding moments started on Thursday with a wander through the park before the weather broke down and developed into our share of Storm Christoph. 

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The birds offer a little solace to anyone who wants to spend a few minutes with them at the feeders on Fenham Carr.

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The Nuthatch was the star of the show paying two visits as I watched for around 15 minutes, it was accompanied by at least 6 Long-tailed Tit, 6 Dunnock, 4 Robin, 3 Blackbird, 3 Coal Tit, 2 Blue Tit, and 2 Great Tit. Later, I came upon six thrushes in a fairly tight little group of 5 Blackbird and a Song Thrush, all flicking over leaves on frozen ground.

Walking home through the campus at Cumbria University, 12 Long-tailed Tit moving through the trees.

Little Garden Moments.   

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It might be a while before we see Goldfinch and Greenfinch feeding together again, especially the latter which is seen as a scarcity in our garden.

Common Sandpiper.

Following on from the notes I made about the 'missing' wintering Common Sandpiper at Conder Green not seen since 11 October 2019. 

To add to the three records of an individual seen in November /December 2020 all on the River Lune. There are two records of a bird seen 9 January off New Quay Road opposite Salt Ayre, and one flying downstream on the River Lune at Glasson 17 January. In my view, this is almost certainly the same bird doing the rounds - or more appropriately doing the River Lune - in all five reports of Common Sandpiper since 18 December 2020.

Brent Geese.

As regular visitors from Walney, where the last count was 380 on 30 December, some of these birds cross Morecambe Bay to visit Heysham again this winter.

Dark-bellied Brent Goose with Pale-bellied Brent Geese Heysham 23 January. Malcolm Downham.

The first of the winter, a Dark-bellied Brent was with a peak count of 51 Pale-bellied Brent at Heysham yesterday. Thanks to Malcolm for the image and details.

From the B+W File.

Red Deer. Pete Woodruff.


Marc Heath said...

Great little videos Pete. Puts a smile on the face most definitely. Take care.

Richard Pegler said...

I very much enjoyed this post, Pete. Sadly, Greenfinch has become very scarce in our garden these days, and now Goldinch seems to be on a steep decline too. Howrd's header image is a cracker - as always!

Stay safe - - - Richard

Pete Woodruff said...

Marc/Richard....Thanks again for your support.

Please do continue to Take Care and Stay Safe.

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Hi Bob!!!.. So beautiful to see your little birds... I love the Robin and the beautiful blue tit.. The nuthatch is so funny 😄. Stay safe and enjoy the week...

Pete Woodruff said...

Hello Ana....The birds at the feeder in the park gave me a welcome few minutes of absolute pleasure, you obviously thought the same.

Hope you got rid of the snow in Spain....The snow in Spain falls mainly on the plain!

Take Care Stay Safe

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Many thanks Pete... Btw what a mistake with the names... Crazy 😄... Have a great weekend...

Bob Bushell said...

Special birds you have found, especially the Dark-bellied Brent Goose, excellent Pete.

Pete Woodruff said...

Thanks Bob....The DBBG was Malcolm's find, but I know what you mean about special birds.

Like I said on your website, please Take Care Stay Safe.