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

Wednesday, 6 April 2022

Cold, Wet And Windy....But Who Cares!

An excellent 3 hours under the roof at the viewing platform at Conder Pool yesterday, made the wet and windy conditions easier to deal with. 

The videos that follow will be better Viewed Full Screen....Hopefully!

Todays count of 19 Avocet - 18 in the video - demoted my 16 on 18 March into second place.

Little Ringed Plover Conder Pool. Pete Woodruff.

Other notes include, it was good to find the Little Ringed Plover on the pool again this year. There was a count of c.250 Black-tailed Godwit, some in advanced stunning orange-rufous summer plumage, they were accompanied by 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 65 Knot, and a single Dunlin.

A Ruff presented itself and pleased everyone as it stayed around the end of the island for a while. A Greenshank was also obliging and paid a visit to the creeks before returning to Conder Pool. Also noted, up to 80 Redshank, 3 Stock Dove, at least 15 Pied Wagtail, and a lone Swallow - my first - took centre stage as it flew across the pool flying north.

It was a close call which bird took bird of the day award, in the end the Water Pipit did it for me.

Water Pipit Conder Green. Pete Woodruff.

Plenty of interest on Conder Pool yesterday, and had I have gone there the day before, it would have been 6 years to the day since my last Water Pipit at Conder Green, when I got this record shot of this bird in breeding plumage on 4 April 2016.

I'm grateful to Paul Murphy for the use of his Water Pipit on Conder Pool yesterday.


Marc Heath said...

An excellent variety of species seen, some goodies there. Take care.

Pete Woodruff said...

Despite the crap weather, I don't remember the last time I spent such an excellent and enjoyable session at Conder Pool.

Good to see you on B2B Marc, much appreciated....You take care too.

Richard Pegler said...

Impressive sightings there, Pete. It's too long since I last saw an Avocet, and I have never knowingly seen a Water Pipit. The former I might be able to rectify this year with a little effort. The latter is another matter altogether!

Covid cases are rocketing in these parts, so take great care and stay safe. Best wishes - - - Richard

Pete Woodruff said...

I'm confident you will see an Avocet with a little effort this year, but surprised you have yet to see your first Water Pipit Richard.

Covid definitely not disappeared, and probably never will.


Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Hi Pete!!... nice videos and beautiful birds...Happy Easter...

Pete Woodruff said...

Thank you for the compliments Ana....Felices Pascuas para ti también.