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Common Sandpipers have started to return in numbers to the Lune catchment. Please can everyone remember to check any birds they see for colour rings? As some of you know, last year we fitted 22 birds with geolocators in the Sedbergh area. I know this is outside the LDBWS area (apologies), but it is perfectly possible that one could turn up closer to Lancaster or Kirkby Lonsdale. Sigh
Male Scaup showing well this afternoon (on the East side).
Also Kingfisher, 2 pairs of Goldeneye plus the usual stuff.
Here in Holme, the regular Great White Egret arrived at the canal behind my house at 10am this morning. Nice bird to see from the kitchen window!
Apologies if this should be in the 'announcements' section rather than 'sightings', but I couldn't work out how to put something there.
Anyway, it's good to see lots of reports of common sandpipers now starting to come through away from breeding sites. If everyone could check any birds you see for colour rings, that would be hugely appreciated. I'm supervising a PhD project lookin
Couldn't find the Red-breasted Goose this morning, although there was a lot of disturbance from wildfowlers and the main flock split up early morning.
From Jeremy Lane, a flock of perhaps 1000 Pinkfeet also contained:
1 Barnacle Goose
1 Taiga Bean Goose (well picked out by a visiting birder from the Wirral)
1-2 White-fronted Geese (I didn't see these, but the flock was partially hidden, a
At least one Long-tailed Duck at Pine Lake this morning (about 0845) - at the north end. Looked like an adult female to me.
8 Great Crested Grebe
Plus the usual other waterfowl which I didn't count.
As I was leaving, a large flock (c160) of Wigeon came steaming in from the west and settled in the northeast corner of the lake. A second fl
I popped to the roost after work yesterday. I got there just after 6 and the first two egrets arrived at 1810 - one Little and one Great White. By the time I left at 1830, 27 Littles and 4 Great Whites had arrived, but obviously more were arriving all the time.
Quite something to see that many Great White Egrets sitting in a tree in the north of England. They are almost as common as Yellow-bro
Sorry you missed it Jeff, but I'm not entirely surprised as it was mobile. It was one of those thrilling but slightly maddening moments of birding... I was on my way from work to a family do in Bolton-le-Sands and with half an hour to kill, I decided to have a quick look in the stone jetty area. The bird came from out in the bay straight towards me, at one point flying over the vegetation at the
There was certainly a Chiff making Greenish type calls there yesterday pm. At one point I heard some very convincing calls but couldn't see the bird. Lots of Phylloscs there, but never saw anything other than Chiff or Willow.
No sign this evening after work... can't believe there is a Wryneck so close to home and I've dipped it twice!
Marsh Tits were present on both my visits. 3 Dippers looked like they were about to roost under or near the bridge in the fading light.
There were two Garganey in front of Lilian's this evening (although I was viewing from the tower hide) - a moulting male and a female-type. 5 Greenshank flew by too.
At Eric Morecambe, the Osprey was still viewable on a distant post. Also present - Kingfisher, Greenshank, Ruff, Spotted Redshank.
I made a second unsuccessful attempt to find the Lesser Yellowlegs today. However, a nice Wood Sandpiper provided some compensation. Also present - 1 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank and at least 4 Common Sandpipers.
A juvenile Little Stint was with Dunlin on the shore at Glasson.
That's really interesting. If you see it again, please double-check it for colour rings. The local scheme is a red ring on the left leg with two white letters/digits engraved (so far, all begin with 'A' but we are finally running out of those!). Even if you can't read the digits, reporting the presence of a colour ring is highly valuable.
All the best,
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