Seen Anything Interesting?….

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....said the man as he walked up to me at Glasson on Friday. I explained that everything in birding is interesting, but in varying degrees, in any case it turned out I had little time to find much at all, interesting or otherwise.Another of those quick checks around the Lune Estuary on Friday, and noted on Conder Pool, 8 Snipe, 11 Little Grebe, a Common Sandpiper, a Sparrowhawk was over, and 8 Ruff flew in from the estuary, looked like they would drop in somewhere on the pool, but continued on in the direction of Jeremy Lane.At Glasson, where you need to be there at least two hours pre high tide before everything gets washed away, I saw an adult Mediterranean Gull, up to 165 Black-tailed Godwit, 450 Redshank, 9 Curlew, and 4 Dunlin, all seen towards the Conder mouth from the bowling green.The plan then was to go to Cocke...

Sweet & Sour!

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I spent a couple of hours at Cockersand on Tuesday, nothing new about that, but it was a pretty disappointing two hours with nothing more of note than a Stock Dove, and a Kestrel seen over Bank Houses, one later over Slack Lane could have been the same bird on wires with 22 Linnet close by at the cover crop. Whinchat. Ana Minguez @ NaturanafotosBut hang on....that's not a Linnet on the fence post is it, it's a Whinchat....nice one.More on the 'nice one' list followed a little later when 6 Ruff were on the Lune Estuary at Glasson, and on Conder Pool, 5 Greenshank, a Common Sandpiper, 2 Snipe, and a new peak of 13 Little Grebe ended what I'd call Tuesday's birding sweet and sour.Wednesday 20 September.Wednesday didn't shape up much better either, and Plo...
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Monday’s Highlight Bird’s.

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Up and down like yoyo's, there's no easy way to get to grips with the number, but after a few attempts I eventually arrived at 12 Little Grebe again on Conder Pool, with 4 Snipe seen, 14 Redshank, and up to 120 Lapwing. In the creeks, the Kingfisher showed, as did the Common Sandpiper both down by the bridge, also 2 Snipe and a Sparrowhawk over. On the Lune Estuary at Glasson, 2 Greenshank, 13 Snipe, 2 Goosander, and a Great-crested Grebe.At Cockersand from the coastal path, I watched a group of up to sixty birds flitting around the field and bushes, of which there was at least 40 Reed Bunting by far a personal best ever count in one sighting of the species, with Meadow Pipit and Skylark around.Rock Pipit. Pete Woodruff. I found my first Rock Pipit of the winter, with 4 Wheatear off the headland. On the circuit, c.5...

Mid September Bowland.

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On a more settled day, with some sunny spells and little wind, a visit to Bowland on Friday wasn't without some rewards. On Hawthornthwaite Fell I found 3 Stonechat, seen as a pair and a juvenile, something of a surprise was a lone Wheatear still up here, with 4 Raven seen in three sightings, 14 Meadow Pipit, and high overhead at least 30 House Martin hawking, 2 Red Admiral and a Small Tortoiseshell seen.Spotted Flycatcher. Simon Hawtin. A Marshaw - Tower Lodge - Winfold Fell saunter started with a late Spotted Flycatcher which beats my previous latest in Bowland of 3 Spotted Flycatcher seen 7 years ago on 2 September 2010. Unexpected was 4 House Martin at Tower Lodge including entering a nest. Also of note, a Great-spotted Woodpecker, 5 Coal Tit, 3 Robin, and 2 Grey Wagtail on the Marshaw Wyre.Red Grouse....

Woe Is Me!

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Any birding plans I might have had have gone out of the window over the past few days, but on Tuesday I found myself returning via the A588 from a non-birding trip to the Fylde, I gave myself the time to call in at Fluke Hall and find an adult Mediterranean Gull, preening just west of here on Preesall Sands, with a Wheatear on the sea defence boulders.Calling in at Conder Green on my way back to Lancaster, I found Conder Pool had resurrected itself from the dead, with 5 Greenshank, a Common Sandpiper, and 12 Little Grebe all breathing life back into it, whilst saving me from a total blank for birding since last Friday. The Common Sandpiper at Conder Green is presumed to be this winters bird here, but the returning Spotted Redshank has yet to appear and had done so by this time last year on 12 September.With birding prospects ...
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Ruff Justice.

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A couple of hours before high tide on the Lune Estuary on Friday, 3 Ruff was some justice for what turned out to be a day struggling to find anything of substance, 8 Black-tailed Godwit also added a little interest to the area, with a good number of Redshank and fewer Dunlin hanging on to what mud was left as the tide raced in, later in the day a Peregrine Falcon was on Colloway Marsh. I stuck it out in a bit of a howler on Plover Scar up to high tide to find up to 200 Dunlin, 60 Ringed Plover, and 3 Turnstone. Whilst a shower blew through, I watched the sea from the motor for thirty minutes to see a Guillemot drift out of the estuary and noted 2 Great-crested Grebe off Plover Scar.Apart from 12 Little Grebe on Conder Pool again, and a Greenshank ...
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Long Day Short List.

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Round the bay and back for tea, with more pik's slipping through the quality control net again.Sandwich Tern Red Nab 6 Sept. Pete Woodruff.I decided to get to Heysham three hours before the tide on Wednesday morning. I took a look over Red Nab before walking to the power station outfalls and on to the south wall of the harbour. But Red Nab was the focus of my attention, the rest produced little of note.1st Winter Mediterranean Gull Red Nab 6 Sept. Pete Woodruff.Before the tide swallowed up Red Nab I found 12 Mediterranean Gull, eight of which were adult, with two near adult, and two 1st winter. By the time I was about to leave, 7 Sandwich Tern were present one of which was a 1st winter, I also had excellent views of the moulting adult Little Gull.I dashed off to Cockersand to check Plover Scar before the tide dropped too much, but no surpri...
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Briefly Around The Lune.

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Briefly birding again on Monday, and with at least fifty more sheep than birds on Conder Pool, where there was a grand total of 5 Little Grebe, 3 Black-headed Gull, a Little Egret, and a Grey Heron. A circuit of Conder Green produced a similar level of excitement, with 12 House Martin still around River Winds and Cafe d' Lune, and a Common Sandpiper in the channel, which is becoming more likely to be this years wintering bird here with every passing day.Golden Plover at Glasson 4 September. Pete Woodruff.On the Lune Estuary at Glasson, 2 Mediterranean Gull were both adult, a Greenshank, c.500 Redshank and a few Dunlin, with a lone Golden Plover seen close from the bowling green, and of 17 Little Egret counted, twelve were together in a tidal pool up stream from the Conder mouth.Two Ruff were nice off ...

Up & Down.

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Buzzard. Martin Lofgren @  Wild Bird Gallery  With 12 July my last time on Harrisend, I got myself back up there on Friday to be disappointed in finding just one lone male Stonechat, and lucky to find it at that. I spotted the bird on the skyline on the top of the ridge whilst attracted to watching 2 Buzzard soaring high, one of 2 Kestrel seen was in the same view, later it got better when a Peregrine Falcon also joined the raptor festival and was attacked by a Kestrel, at one point I had Buzzard, Kestrel, and Peregrine in my sights at the same time....pretty impressive stuff. I had seen a Peregrine Falcon on Hawthornthwaite Fell the last time up there on 17 July, judging by these two sightings, the chances of finding a Peregrine Falcon in Bowland these days is obviously better than that of seeing a Hen Harrier whic...
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Another Stonechat Safari.

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Stonechat @ Pegler Birding  On Wednesday, a half decent sometimes sunny but cool day when exposed to a light wind, a late summer visit had me finding 6 Stonechat on Birk Bank, by something of a coincidence seen in the same combination as my last time up here on 23 July, a pair and two juvenile, and a male and female seemingly unconnected.Some interest in their behaviour, in that they independently moved around considerably and at times flew some distance, in fact they were all over the place and difficult to keep up with, and in the time I spent with them in view, the distance between my first seeing two birds, and where the six were scattered about when I left was probably in excess of 400m. I've no idea what exactly was going on here, and why all the activity, but it wa...