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Difficult. All surfaces touched by a person would have to be cleaned after use - toilet handles, door handles, taps etc. People would have to wear face coverings in case they coughed or sneezed while in the room. With the number of new cases of C-19 still in the thousands every day and many people being asymptomatic it's too big a risk at the moment.
A bit busier than April 12th visit when 50 cows had recently been turned out and were inspecting the pool. Today:
Pink-footed Goose 7
Greylag Goose 11
Canada Goose 1
Mute Swan 1
Black-tailed Godwit 15
Ringed Plover 2
So tiny and from behaviour it had to be Little Ringed Plover 1
Lesser Black-backed Gull 174
Getting a bit behind with this as it takes ages going through the recordings. 13 species
Unexpected calls came from Rook at 01:37, a Woodpigeon singing at 02:25 and a Willow Warbler calling at 03:21
Tawny Owls were going mad with 3 at once around midnight.
Curlew bubbling away all night
Oystercatchers piping most of the night
Redshank - only two calls
Redwing at 20:47
At least 18 Sand Martins and a Swallow whizzing about over the Snab pool this morning.
Black-tailed Godwit - 32 non-stop feeding
Wigeon - 19 also non-stop feeding
Lapwing - 2 territories, one either end of the pool plus one on the adjacent smaller pool
Shelduck - 2 pairs
Pied Wagtail - 1 seen
Mallard - 1pr
Oystercatcher - 10 plus a flock of 28 upstream on the north bank of the Lune
Apart from the scoters last night, other birds out and about in the dark were:
Redwing (just one at 1137hrs)
Grey Heron at 0125hrs
and a probable Little Egret at 0332hrs
This morning there was a Blackcap at last up the track opposite the Fenwick Arms.
9 groups? of Common Scoter over Claughton at the following times (detected by sound recorder unless stated:
21:58 for 15 secs
22:15 (made an effort to stand outside and heard these with my own ears!)
22:42 for 10 secs
22:43 for 5 secs
23:05 for 10 secs
11:12 for 10 secs
11:12 for 5 secs
11:13 for 10 secs
11:16 for 5 secs
Complete contrast to the previous night with hardly any bird calls, however I only started at 2215hrs so missed the scoter movement that everyone else had 2 hours earlier.
Redwing - 5 (2 at half past midnight and 3 between 0235 and 0300hrs)
Grey Heron - 1 at quarter past midnight (what the heck is a heron doing flying about at that time?)
Barn Owl - the local bird at 0329hrs
Given the overnight movement of Wigeon I thought i'd Check the Snab to see if there were any left. There were - 17 and none visible elsewhere so numbers are down.
Other birds of note:
Pink-footed Goose 39
Black-tailed Godwit 43
Greylags numbers down to 23 unsurprisingly as several groups ranging in flock size from 2 to 8 were flying up onto the moor this morning.
A busy night above Claughton:
Redwing - 422 registrations from 23:29hrs through to 03:08hrs
Wigeon - series of calls between 23:59 - 00:22, then another lot 01:15 - 01:20, and 01:45 -01:52
Teal - series of calls between 0203hrs - 0209hrs
Also - Oystercatcher, Tawny Owl, Barn Owl
No scoters unlike other places
A short walk from home is a viewpoint across the Lune valley to the Snab and with my scope on full zoom this is what I could see from 1.25km away:
Black-tailed Godwit 16
Pink-footed Goose 52
Greylags and Canada geese - not counted but double figures of each
Common Gull 181
Lesser Black-backed Gull 46
Had a go at nocmig seeing as there's less traffic on the main road. Pleased to get a Barn Owl. Otherwise just Tawny Owls, Pheasant, mallard, Oystercatcher and a 3am Robin. Sheep and the inevitable dog barking of course!
Report from T. Sarney:
Sand Martin today investigating the sand bank above the beach between Forge Weir and Crook O Lune (Lancaster side).
First one here last year was 22nd March.
3 dippers - two having a dispute just above Forge Weir, one in the stretch below the weir
Just a reminder that there is a bird meeting tomorrow about Bird Crime - the work of the RSPBs investigations team.
The meeting is at New Life Church, White Cross, Lancaster LA1 4 XQ. Starts at 19:30hrs
There is ample parking (just sign in as you go in) and good public transport links.
Not very exciting but just for the record: Reed Bunting (1) regular at the small saltmarsh at the Battery, Morecambe and up to 3 Meadow Pipits.
Spectacular sight as a Peregrine targeted the Knot near the Stone Jetty.
Message from Pete: Management at Pine Lake have been contacted and they are very kindly allowing people to drive in without checking in but please keep to the roads and don't wander off between the chalets.
Best viewed from left hand side (as you drive in) near the sailing club.
Thanks very much.
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