Sunday, 10 May 2009

Out for the count...

Highlights from Aldcliffe to Conder WeBS count included:
2 LR Plover at Freeman's Pools and another at Conder Pool
1 Arctic tern over Colloway and presumably the same bird later at Glasson
74 dunlin on the Lune at Stodday
A few whimbrel including a flock of 26 on the Lune off Colloway
32 black-tailed godwit at Conder
3m & 1f eider on the Lune
Pair gadwall on Bank Pool
145 mute swan

also en route:
Male whinchat at Stodday
10 singing whitethroat counted (though curiously NO lessers)
12 wheatears - probably Greenland birds appearing larger & darker than 'our' birds, though I'm always a bit loathe to stick my neck out without direct comparisons! The date would certainly suggest that they're leucorhoa.
Good fun watching the raven adults noisily enticing their young to fledge the nest. 2 emerged while I was there.

How nice to be out without a howling gale for company!

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