BIRDING THE LUNE ESTUARY THE FOREST OF BOWLAND AND BEYOND.....................................................................................TEMMINCK'S STINT HOWARD STOCKDALE

Sunday, 26 June 2022

Bowland Abstract.

The Cuckoo is a Red Listed bird of Conservation Concern in the UK. 

Having heard a Cuckoo calling at Marshaw on Thursday afternoon and being 23 June, is my latest date for hearing a Cuckoo calling anywhere, and was quite unexpected. The surprise about hearing this Cuckoo calling in Bowland, came about by learning that six other Cuckoos from the BTO satellite tagging project, have already crossed the English Channel and are now in France. So some obvious variation in the strategy of migration south from the UK for Cuckoos.

Some added interest about this remarkable species, comes in the form of a Scottish Cuckoo, who has flown 462 miles from breeding grounds in Perthshire, to the Dutch coast. This bird is now on a Nature Reserve in South Holland, and further interest is, that in 2021 this same bird was in the Netherlands, and remained there until 4 July, when he moved swiftly south through Germany and Italy, arriving in Libya 4 days later on 8 July, and arriving in sub-Saharan Niger 2 days later on 10 July.

Bowland Abstract.

Some interest for me in Bowland on Thursday, was finding 4 Spotted Flycatcher to add to four other birds I found on previous visits, but didn't connect with this time. A lone male Pied Flycatcher was active around the compound at Tower Lodge, 9 Common Sandpiper were on the Marshaw Wyre, and a Woodcock seen.

A Curlew was calling in the compound at Tower Lodge, on its behaviour, I felt it may have had young close by. The bird had something attached to both legs which I was unable to identify....See for yourself in the cropped still from the video. 

I saw my first Painted Lady today, with one at Marshaw, and another at the foot of Hawthornthwaite, where I also found 4 Stonechat, probably two pairs, but all separated by a little distance.

Good numbers of Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary are still being seen on and around the bog at Birk Bank, and I'm grateful to Martin Jump for his excellent header image of one captured there during the week.

Banded Demoiselle. Pete Woodruff.

At St Michaels on Wyre yesterday, in 200 metres downstream on the River Wyre, up to 20 Banded Demoiselle including six female, a female Emperor Dragonfly ovipositing, and a Red Admiral.

Norfolk Hawker Marc Heath

It is with interest, that I note the Norfolk Hawker is expanding North. A male was found this week on 26 June at Amberswood Common, Wigan. Thanks to Marc for his excellent image of one of 64 he found this week in Kent on 22 June.


Ian Mitchell said...

Strange one that Curlew with something on both legs. Difficult to see but seems same on both legs whatever it is.
Still waiting to see my first Painted Lady but not been out much lately.
Had a Dog's Tooth moth in my trap last night which is a first for me.

Thanks for the blog and pics etc.


shelleynaturalist said...

Amazing record of NH in Wigan. Well outside normal range. I have small a small population is getting established in Devon/Dorset. Probable originated as migrants from France.

Richard Pegler said...

I'm in catch-up mode again, Pete, as Lindsay and I have just returned from a break in Dorset celebrating our 50th. While there I was chatting with a dragon enthusiast who confirmed that Norfolk Hawkers were well-established there and can be easily found, although I didn't see any as it was too cold, dull and windy for much of the time. He also said that they were almost certainly as a result of migration from France.

Martin's Small Pearl-bordered image is a cracker!

The adornments on that Curlew's legs are mystifying.

Best wishes - stay safe - Richard

Pete Woodruff said...

Thanks to Ian/Steve/Richard for looking in and comments which I have taken note of....always do!

By the way Richard, your dragon enthusiast in Dorset made the comment about the Norfolk Hawker that Steve made....'originated as migrants from France'.

Howard Stockdale said...

Hi Pete,

The Curlew has sheep wool wrapped around it's leg, this is pretty common on upland ground nesting birds.


Pete Woodruff said...

Thanks for this Howard. Honest - as I always am - I never thought about this being the answer to solve the mystery.