Sunday, 30 November 2008

Weekend lowlights

Saturday's visit was somewhat marred by the fact that I couldn't see beyond 50 metres at best thanks to the blanket of fog shrouding the whole lower Lancaster area.
A pair of grey wagtail and some coot shaped birds were just about visible on Freeman's Pools and a rather remarkable 84 mallard were crammed onto Darter Pool. 9 teal were at the Wildfowlers' Pools. Hardly anything else of note except a lone bullfinch along the cycle track.

Sunday - after a failed attempt to add cattle egret to my recording area list, and missing waxwings at Booth's car park at Carnforth for the second consecutive Sunday, I decided to waste my time nearer to home and headed for Aldcliffe mid-afternoon.
Highlight was the 1stw fem scaup still present on Freeman's Pools along with 16 coot, 2 shoveler, 3 wigeon, 2 goldeneye, 2 little grebe, about a dozen mallard, 2 mute swan and a snipe. A grey wag flew over.
9 twite and a reed bunting were in the stubble field hedgerow and good numbers of fieldfare were around.
Nothing of note at the iced-up Wildfowlers' Pools, or visible on the marsh. A small group of meadow pipit were feeding at The Flood with a single pied wag.

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