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Lune Estuary area highlights

Posted by Dan Haywood 
Lune Estuary area highlights
July 23, 2020 07:19PM
Good session late afternoon into evening.

Five species of raptor, the fifth being a southbound Marsh Harrier (briefly mobbed by three Peregrines).

Two Green Sandpipers (one Freeman's, one Wildfowler's).

Two to three Kingfishers (Freeman's / Wildfowler's / Ashton).

35 Swifts feeding over Colloway Marsh.

Spike in Dunlin at Glasson with 900(mostly feeding on E bank. 12 Greenshanks here and Conder creek. 350 Redshanks including some juvs. 20 Common Sandpipers Conder. The two Avocet chicks still intact.

16 Mediterranean Gulls on Lune spied from Glasson.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 24/07/2020 08:31AM by Dan Haywood.
Re: Lune Estuary area highlights
July 23, 2020 08:27PM
That's where the Meds are - outage heyshsm one and no active sand mason worms. Anyone able to read white Darvic 2cy would be good
Re: Lune Estuary area highlights
July 24, 2020 07:52PM
Three Green Sandpipers, two Black-tailed Godwits and a Whimbrel Aldcliffe.

Juv. plumage Shoveler still by Wildfowler's Pools.

465 Greylags on Aldcliffe marsh South and feeding on barley stubble near Arna Wood. Three with orange-red collars including 'PSN'.

Nine Mediterranean Gulls Basil Point area around high tide. No doubt some of these roosting were part of the late afternoon swarm of gulls over Glasson village-- with 500+ BH gulls. 15+ Meds and 5+ Common Terns wheeling around eating airborne insects.

A Curlew Sandpiper flitted (calling as it went) SW past the mouth of the Conder as the tide began to drop, as when eight Greenshank were seen. Wader variety was boosted by seven Golden Plovers and five Whimbrels flying over Colloway Marsh.

Numbers were provided by Lapwing (3000+) and Dunlin (400+) on dropping tide and 300 Curlews on Colloway marsh at high tide.

Two adult and 14 juv Shelducks near Glasson. Three fem / juv Eiders & a three juv Goosander were floating off Colloway on rising tide.

Re: Lune Estuary area highlights
July 25, 2020 07:21PM
Wildfowlers' Pools at 16.00: Two breeding plumage Black-tailed Godwits and at least two Green Sandpipers. Whimbrel on the river.
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