Sunday, 16 November 2008

Time and tide...

A rather knackering WeBS today, though at least the weather was rather stunning!
Walked from Aldcliffe (well, home actually - started counting from Aldcliffe) to Conder and back again with the following highlights noted:
Freeman's Pools - 2 Green sandpiper, female scaup, 2 goldeneye, 4 tufted, 3 wigeon, fem goosander.
Aldcliffe Marsh - 8 little egret, 275 Canada geese, 430 greylag, 230 golden plover, 2 rock pipit, 4 adult Med gulls amongst 800+ BH gulls on the river.

(Remainder of WeBS 'out of the parish' but highlights included kingfisher, peregrine, 2 spotted redshank, 1 greenshank, at least 45 tufted duck on Conder Pool plus 3 flyover tree sparrows there.)

On the walk back, accompanied by a spectacular sunset, noted some shooting going on at the Wildfowlers' Pools and a very vocal tawny owl was sat out in the open in Freeman's Wood, easily viewable from the footpath and equally easily audible from Willow Lane.

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