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

Sunday, 5 December 2021

Ten Days Later.

Where to go on Thursday....I juggled with one or two of my favourite birding sites, in the end the estuary magnet got a hold and off I went to Conder Green.

On Conder Pool, a Kingfisher was the star attraction, it landed briefly on the outflow where I'd wager it does a few times on a daily basis. I counted 68 Wigeon, 4 Goosander, and 2 Little Grebe, another was in the creeks. Three drake Goldeneye were my first of the winter on the canal basin at Glasson Dock.

Ten days after my visit to Cockersand 22 November, c.180 Whooper Swan have relocated to other fields, including up to 120 west of Gardner's Farm. On a wander, 12 Greenfinch, 8 Blackbird, a Song Thrush, at least 300 Golden Plover south of the abbey, and probably as many as 20 Skylark hidden in stubble off Slack Lane. 

The Grand Finale.

There was another grand finale for me again at Cockersand, though this time I left too early for the sunset.

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The Barn Owl performed impeccably for several minutes as it hunted over the fields north of the caravan park.

Stonechat Cockersand. Pete Woodruff.

The pair of Stonechat also put on a show for me again in the long grasses. But today, a bonus awaited me as I drove towards the gate to Abbey Farm.

Short-eared Owl Brian Rafferty

To make the grand finale complete, a Short-eared Owl was in front of me within 50 metres initially, but soon worked away from me as it hunted the inland fields and eventually disappeared east from view. 

Thanks to Brian Rafferty for the excellent image of the stunning Short-eared Owl. It perfectly mirrored what I saw through the windscreen at close range on Thursday afternoon. Putting this image up represents a huge thank you for the kind of photography he allowed me to use on B2B for many years. I sincerely hope he can resume some normality in 2022, and I can then continue to use his work again....I wish you all the best on your road to recovery Brian.

And Finally.

A second helping of the stunning sunset at Cockersand on Monday 22 November. Set to music, not necessarily the best choice, but as an experiment it's at least OK until I find something more appropriate.

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Richard Pegler said...

Your beautiful Barn Owl clip got me thinking, Pete - sadly, I don't think I have seen a Barn Owl this year! I must try and put that right. I've not had one in front of the camera since July 2019!

As far as I'm concerned, the music with that wonderful sunset clip is as good as perfect.

I hope that you continue to take good care and stay safe - best wishes to you both - - - Richard

Brian Rafferty said...


Another good day out at Glasson and Cockersand. What a finale with a Barnie and a Shortie.Enjoy your little videos especially of a hunting barn owl.

Take care.

Pete Woodruff said...

Richard....As always, pleased to hear from you, and thanks for the thumbs up on the music, and better luck in the future with the Barn Owl.

Brian....Also pleased to hear from you again, and I'm encouraged by your enthusiasm....Keep on keeping on Brian.