Saturday, 8 August 2009

Lots of sunshine this morning, but few birds.

Freeman's Pools still on the quiet side - 1 common sandpiper, 12 coot, little grebe on nest, 1 moorhen, 5 mallard, 1 grey heron.

Darter Pool, the moorhen family and a little grebe.

A common buzzard was being mobbed by lesser black backs as it hunted over one of the top fields.

4 green sandpiper were visible at the Wildfowlers' Pools plus 5 teal.

A little ringed plover was on the Flood.

A willow warbler was along the cycle track.
Whether it has been anyone's experience elsewhere, I am still absolutely convinced that this species has been in very short supply at Aldcliffe this year. Normally there will be a good half dozen singing males along the track between Freeman's Wood and Railway Crossing Lane (aka Aldcliffe Hall Lane) and this summer there hasn't been one bird on territory. Is this a peculiarly localised event?

Plenty of butterflies and common darters around plus a couple each common and brown hawkers.

1 comment:

Pete Marsh said...

Urban gulls can be a nightmare to find at high tide, but there seemed to be a lot of BHG on a pale corrugated roof just south of the railway bridge on 'your' side as seen from the Morecambe road traffic jam this evening (at high tide)

Is this where the Polish-ringed Med goes?? It seems to have diappeared off the radar - please could one of the Aldcliffe birders check it out. Thanks.