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Large numbers of Redwing & Fieldfares noted in Bowland -below Catshaw Fell -2 groups-220+ and 120 +. Another group of 90+,further north along Tarnbrook Wyre.
Also a pair of Stonechats were seen in a small bulrush pool beside road below Catshaw Fell.
Large groups of Fieldfares/Redwing noted in Bowland- below Catshaw Fell,nr Isle of Skye Farm (5451/5551)
2 Sep groups - 220+ and 150. Another group of c.90 along Tarnbrook (5755).
2 Stonechats noted on bulrush pond along road below Catshaw Fell.
We did not have our telescope with us - but Pete Woodruff had , and he spotted at least one Whooper with a red ring but was unable to get any more detail as it went into a dip in the field. Obviously one to pursue.
Cockersands and area
250+ Whoopers. Behind caravan park at Bank End. Very good views of the birds flying in and grazing in the fields.
4 Eiders offshore
9 Greenfinches plus Meadow Pipits
Large numbers of Lapwing and Curlew grazing surrounding fields.
1 Merlin. In tree near Bank End. Very good views of it.
2 Golden Eye (1
Barn Owl seen this morning at 7 am quartering over the fields opposite our house along Tarnwater Lane, Ashton With Stodday.
Also, yesterday, two groups of Whooper Swans, each c.26 birds - one group south of Moss Lane the other beside Fluke Hall Lane beyond Lane Ends.
We saw a male Osprey fishing in the small dam/lake in Birk Bank (527600) just down from the boardwalk in the boggy area. After one unsuccessful attempt, it had another go a few minutes later- this time with success and flew off in a NW direction with its catch. If it was the Foulshaw male -it was quite a distance from its nest.
Along cycle track from Conder Green to picnic site saw:-
12 Peacock butterflies
9 Orange Tips-3 females
5 Speckled Woods
3 Green Veined Whites
Also among several Shelduck 2 male and 1 female Eiders out on the water.
c.40-50 Sandmartins on breeding territory-Lune River downstream from confluence with Wenning
c.150 Black-tailed Godwits on Camp House Pool ( males in attractive breeding plumage)
Reed Bunting - pair at sewage facility beside Wenning at Hornby
23 Canada geese among larger flock of Greylag
1 female Goosander
Checked out the Melling Whoopers today( 1pm)- we went on the Lune River side of the fields and got to within 150 m without disturbing them - we saw 13 Whoopers (which incl 2 juveniles)- no Bewicks identified. There were altogether 29 Mutes most in separate large group with 2 wandering around with the Whoopers.
We passed through the area around lunchtime and can add to your sightings:
We got an 8th Goldeneye in Glasson Basin
Along Jeremy Lane and Moss Lane towards Cockersand :
120 Golden Plover
1 Little Egret
7 Whoopers ( 4 adults+3 cygnets)
c. 110 Curlew
c. 250 Starlings
and along shore at Cockersands:
1 Little Egret
4 Pied wagtail
A large movement of Fieldfares (at least 600+) seen in Tower Lodge area of Bowland plus another 200+ flying east-west above Whitemoor (up from Tower Lodge). No Redwing observed among them.
Also a few Goldcrests (among Coal,Blue,and Great Tits) beside track leading up from Tower Lodge towards Whitemoor.
Conder Green. Along the shore beside the cycle track. 11.30 a.m.
1 Clouded yellow flying among the Asters and Sea Lavender.
Otherwise just a couple of Red Admiral, Speckled Woods, Whites and one Comma.
We saw the Clouded Yellow at approx. 12.30 - so yes,probably the same one. Yes the number of Red Admirals was incredible all along the coast - some heading across the estuary towards Sunderland Point!
1 Clouded Yellow
Many Red Admiral, Painted Lady's, Small Tortoiseshells, Speckled Woods. Also many Silver y moths.
Also at Cockersand earlier in the month
2 Wall Brown
3 Small Coppers
4 Small Tortoiseshells
Many Red Admirals
My garden at
Outhwaite Wood : Treecreeper,2 Chiffchaff,usual tits
On River Roeburn:1 Dipper plus 2 Grey Wagtail
(Plus 1 each of Brimstone, Comma and Peacock)
Further up valley on Wray Wood Moor: numerous Skylarks (Singing) plus many nesting Curlew and Lapwing-realised how many there were when a Crow passed overhead.
Saw what must be the same bird on Tuesday 4th March in almost same place, this time perched at the top of a
small tree on the seaward end of Moss Lane. Brilliant views as it stayed there for quite a while. Again, no camera!
Glasson Dock Marina - 21 Goldeneye (excellent close views for photos)
3 Little Grebes
4 Cormorants plus usual Tufted & Moorhens
120 + Whooper Swans plus 1 Black Swan in fields south of Moss Lane
800 + Lapwing in 2 large groups -1 east of Jeremy Lane (400) and on Abbey stubble fields (400)
Plus large numbers of Mu
11.30-11.50 : 4 skeins of Pink-footed each of 80-120 heading SW /Pilling way emerging out of the low cloud and drizzle.
Jeremy Lane fields and towards coast at Cockersand: 42 Mute Swans
180-200 Curlews over 2 fields
Exploring a more inaccessible stretch of the River Conder - downriver from Galgate but upriver from Conder Green (near Bridge 3 on the Glasson Spur canal) we came across an active colony of Banded Demoiselles. Along a 100m stretch there were 5 males and 3 females. Photo attached but not perfect as there was a bit of a breeze blowing!
20+ Sand Martins - in and out of nest holes
25 Swallows feeding and drinking on the Lune
Wigeon have left apart from 2 pairs
35+ Pied Wagtails
12 Reed Buntings in 3 distinct areas. Hornby sewage works good place to see them.
1 Common Sandpiper
6 Meadow pipits feeding and drinking on the edge of the Lune
1 small Tortoiseshell butterfly.
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