BIRDING THE LUNE ESTUARY THE FOREST OF BOWLAND AND BEYOND.................................................................................................SKYLARK GERALDINE STOCKDALE

Wednesday, 20 April 2022

Barnacle Goose Takes Top Spot!

My visit to Conder Green was something of a repeat of my last on 5 April, though some numbers had changed, and new birds were in. 

Conder Pool laid claim to its first Barnacle Goose yesterday, present there since Sunday, it was with 16 Greylag and a lone Pink-footed Goose which appeared to have a damaged wing. 

Barnacle Goose Conder Pool 

After a few counts, I arrived at a total of 18 Avocet including four in the creeks. Godwit numbers were, 130 Black-tailed Godwit and 9 Bar-tailed Godwit, c.150 Knot, 3 Common Sandpiper, a Ruff and Greenshank, 3 Little Ringed Plover, and 2 Stock Dove.

Little Ringed Plover Conder Pool

On a wander round the circuit, a Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler were in the picnic area, also an Orange Tip. 

A Swallow seen at Gardners Farm along Moss Lane. Otherwise, it was quiet at Cockersand, though 10 Wheatear sounds something of a contradiction. A Snipe shot out of a ditch, and I probably saw/heard at least 8 Skylark. Plover Scar held a small and easy high tide count of just 12 Ringed PloverButterflies noted, 2 Small Tortoiseshell and a Peacock.

On my way back to Lancaster, I called in again to Conder Pool and found a Wheatear.

1 comment:

Richard Pegler said...

You certainly get some wonderful birds up there, Pete. The Barnacle Goose was a real treat. The nearest I've got to seeing a Barnacle Goose lately was seeing Goose Barnacles last month!!!!!

I hope that all is good there. Take good care - - - Richard