BIRDING THE LUNE ESTUARY THE FOREST OF BOWLAND AND BEYOND.......................................................................................................GREY WAGTAIL MARTIN JUMP

Wednesday, 13 October 2021

Better Late Than Never!

 A bit behind with the blogging, but I do keep trying....honest!

The Lune Estuary.

My latest visit at Glasson, produced notables of, an Avocet, 38 Snipe, 7 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Greenshank, 3 Goosander, and an adult Mediterranean Gull. To my shame, I failed to take notes on the Redshank, Dunlin, and Lapwing, but note I've yet to find the first returning Golden Plover anywhere.

With Plover Scar near submerged beneath the high tide, a circuit of Cockersand was waderless, but I found 4 Wheatear along the headland, where I saw 2 Small Tortoiseshell by the abbey, and heard Skylark in the stubble but saw just one in the air, 32 seen here 23 Sept. 

I had a trio of raptors at Cockersand in the space of 10 mins, when a Buzzard flew from the east towards Abbey Farm, followed by a male Merlin, followed by a Kestrel, both flying in the same direction as the Buzzard. As I returned to the motor, a Raven came down outside the entrance to the Caravan Park.


I walked the 2.75 mile length of the canal towpath - Glasson to Galgate - on Monday, to find 10 Migrant Hawker. Birds noted, 2 Jay in flight together, a Kestrel and a skein of 52 Pink-footed Geese >south.

Migrant Hawker 11 Oct 2021 View Full Screen

With two previous treks along the same canal route 15/20 September, this brings the total to 100 Migrant Hawker seen in 27 days.

Heysham Raven.

Raven Sunny Slopes Heysham 10 Oct. Pete Woodruff.

With KT on Sunday, we were entertained by the aerobatics and antics of a Raven, including collecting a twig, to drop it and collect it again.

Garden Butterflies.

A Brimstone flew through on Friday, with 2 Small Tortoiseshell also of note.


Richard Pegler said...

I'm even further behind with Blogger than you are, Pete. Just far too much on my plate since returning from the Scillies.

That's a pretty impressive tally of Migrant Hawkers - enjoyed the video clip.

Best wishes - - - Richard

Pete Woodruff said...

'Just far too much on my plate' but I've not returned from the Scillies....Join the club Richard. Yes, a lovely ton of hawkers

Thanks as always Richard.

Bob Bushell said...

Migrant Hawker is a wonderful catch, and the amount of birds, thanks Pete.

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Hello Pete, beautiful video...I hope you are well and doing autumn field trips ... Enjoy the beauty of the station ... Be safe...

Pete Woodruff said...

Good to hear from you again Bob....Take Care.

Good to hear from you too Ana. Lots of us over here are planning on buying a rowing boat, but looking more like some settled and dry weather now....Take care.