Down But Not Out….Quite.

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After This amazing record of 20 Avocet on Conder Pool last Saturday,  my efforts three days later on Tuesday, turned up just five adult and only one young, that's a staggering fourteen birds - five adult and nine young - down on Saturdays count. But ne'er mind, lets be positive, they were probably all out of view in some hidden corner.Avocet. Pete Woodruff.The only young Avocet seen Tuesday, one of the 22 May birds, growing nicely and looking good....which is more than can be said for the photograph.Common Tern Conder Pool 20 June. Pete Woodruff.The Common Tern family were also looking good, with one of the young looking through the perspex like a kid at a bedroom window....excellent stuff.A wander along the coastal path to Glasson Dock and return via the canal was rewarded by excellent views of a Sed...

Digging For Gold.

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Excellent day on Monday in the Cross of Greet/White Greet/Bloe Greet area, though the birds did'nt quite reach the 'excellent' mark. Whinchat Martin Lofgren @ Wild Bird Gallery Like digging for gold, it took four hours to find a pair of Whinchat at Bloe Greet, seen as a scarce and declining migrant breeder in the Bowland Fells. But this interesting record in the 1983 LDBWS Annual Report...The Whinchat is seen to be loosing ground with only 8 pairs found this year in Bowland....doesn't seem to make things sound any better for the Whinchat even 34 years ago. You might see them on passage....but go try to find a pair breeding somewhere.Stonechat. Howard Stockdale.Six Stonechat were seen in as many hours as a distant female and two juvenile, or three juvenile above White Greet, a pair and a lone male...
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Another Two Hour Job.

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Just time to have a nosey into the situation on Conder Pool on Thursday where I found 4 Avocet adult, three young were seen as just one of the older two, and two golf ball chicks from the nest at the left edge of the island where one egg still remained.Things will have changed by the time I get to Conder Green again probably not until Tuesday at the earliest, other reports will differ from mine and yesterday morning was the best example of this, when one report was of four adult Avocet and just one young, whilst another reads twenty Avocet, seen as ten adult and ten young, and goes on to suggest the possibility of five broods....Now the inside of my head is chaotic!!Common Tern Chicks Conder Pool Pontoon 15 June. Pete Woodruff.The three Common Tern chicks were active on occasions, but were left on their own a couple of times, and more surpr...

There’s Life In Bowland Still.

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Interesting that a Cuckoo having arrived on 5 May has already left the UK and was at Orleans in the south of France 4 weeks later on 6 June on it's way back to Africa. Cuckoo Noushka  Quite the opposite to the Cuckoo I found yesterday behind the plantation on the track to Hawthornthwaite, which was calling and moving around continuously whilst upsetting 4 Mistle Thrush and others in the process. As I set off up the track a second Cuckoo was in flight NE towards Tower Lodge with a Meadow Pipit in pursuit. When I came back down the Hawthornthwaite track 2 hours later the first Cuckoo was still calling and moving around, and another hour after this I heard a third Cuckoo calling midway between Marshaw and Tower Lodge, no knowing, but this bird was probably the second Marshaw bird seen flying off.Sand Martin and House Martin...

Snatched Again!

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It's looking like snatching a couple of hours birding might become a feature with me at the moment, so yesterday I went to check out the landscape around Conder Green and Plover Scar.Common Tern.Common Tern Conder Pool. Pete Woodruff. A Mistle Thrush was by the bowling green at Glasson Dock from where I watched a Common Tern fishing on the Lune Estuary. It was one of the Conder Pool birds, I drove there from here to see the bird coming off the pool to return to the estuary to fish again which it repeated three times until it changed places with it's mate which in turn went off to feed, with both birds returning each time to feed young in the nest. The young were exposed three times during my stay at Conder Pool during which I only saw two chicks there having seen three eggs in the nest 2 June, and three chicks hatched and reported on S...
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Quiet Please!

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All quiet in the west....well my west anyway.The plan was to get to Plover Scar before the high tide on Friday, I was hoping maybe the last straggling Sanderling might put in an appearance as they head off north, but it didn't happen. I hung around for a half hour to no avail, the scar held no more than forty waders, 29 Ringed Plover, 7 Dunlin, 3 Oystercatcher, and a lone Turnstone which was presumably the same bird seen on here 26 May. With most of the fields at Cockersand resembling bowling greens, I saw one Skylark singing it's seemingly endless flight song, 2 Whitethroat were seen as one with a tasty caterpillar which landed on scrub to bring a second bird out to fly off whilst the other disappeared into the scrub with lunch for nestlings. The 2 Whooper Swan were seen in the junction field though the long s...
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Not So Flaming June.

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Being in the area on Wednesday morning, it seemed a good idea I went to Heysham where, apart from the fact the howler was too much of a howler for my liking, it turned out not to be a good idea at all. Having checked the outfalls to find nothing beyond a 100 mix of Black-headed, Lesser Black-backed, and Herring Gull at No 1, and a lesser number mix at No 2, I did think I'd got some compensation in finding a Mediterranean Gull on Red Nab, only to see in zoomed views, I'd done nothing of the sort....Leucistic Black-headed Gull. Luke Geraty. ....it was a leucistic Black-headed Gull. So if you're going to check the gulls at Heysham!!Thanks to Luke Geraty for the image, Luke is here on Twitter So I drove to Conder Green to see 4 Avocet and two young on Conder Pool, which as far as I'm concerned are the sur...
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Part Time Birding….Again!

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Not enough hours in a day for me at times, and last Friday I was again restricted to just a couple of hours to get my birding fix - though I've no idea when I'll get my next one - and was limited to getting myself an update on the Conder Pool birds, a wander along the coastal path to Glasson Dock, and return via the canal to Conder Green.The Conder Avocet. Guard Duty. There was still six adult Avocet on Conder Pool, with two sitting, a pair obviously considering nesting on the edge of the boxed island opposite the viewing screen which is what they were doing last Wednesday, one on guard duty, and the other generally loafing around.The Oystercatcher and the Avocet....Charge!The adult on guard duty was attacking anything that moved within sight of the only chick I saw which was feeding contentedly on the grass whilst thinking it was...

Langden Valley.

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The perfect calm and sunny day on Wednesday for a wander up the Langden Valley to Sykes Fell.Langden Brook Towards Sykes Fell. Pete Woodruff.As I got out of the car, a Siskin obliged by briefly coming onto the branch of a conifer, a Common Sandpiper was soon seen on Langden Brook. Along the loop of this 4 hour walk I noted, a disappointing lone male Stonechat, a moderate count of just 12 Meadow Pipit, 4 Willow Warbler, 3 Sand Martin, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Wren, 2 Grey Wagtail, and a Mistle Thrush. Male Ring Ouzel. Jan Larson @ Vingspann  A buzz for me kicked in when I saw a distant male Ring Ouzel perched on a post on a ridge above me, the male flew off soon to see a female on the same post, some interaction took place out of my view below the back side of the ridge, with the birds alternating perchi...
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Some You Win, Some You Lose.

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Hard to believe, but 10 years ago to the day on 31 May 2007, I found an excellent 130 Sanderling on Plover Scar, a record not yet repeated, and to be honest I'm not holding my breath. I never fail to get myself to Plover Scar around this time of the year to see if I can connect with the migrant Sanderling, and that's why I found myself on the there an hour before high tide yesterday. But as if to show just how unpredictable birds can be, I had the place to myself right up to leaving at high tide with not a wader in sight.But there's time yet for the Sanderling to turn up on Plover Scar early June, so I'll need to try to get there maybe a couple more times before I give up for another spring on the Sanderling stopping off on Plover Scar for a breather as they move north to their High Arctic breeding grounds.Sanderling/Dun...