Sunday, 11 March 2012

Ad Cygnus In Good Health, or The (re)Turn Of The Smew

Dan here with a quick round-up of what's been a good birding weekend on the estuary...

This handsome adult whooper swan was present both days, mingling with mutes and pictured here (by Rosie Briggs) enjoying the tidal inundation of Aldcliffe Marsh.

Following on from my two last week, Pete Crooks found a tundra bean goose with a smallish flock of pink-footed geese this morning.

Much larger numbers of its host species were in evidence yesterday, with at least 1890, including one bearing the collar 'THF'.

Highlight of Saturday's guided walk (sixty species logged) was perhaps the prolonged but distant viewing of a short-eared owl as it jinked over Colloway Marsh and fields NE of Overton.

While some estuary sites in the North West have SEOs galore, there are only something like one or two records per year here.

The peripatetic redhead smew was on Freeman's Pools this afternoon, having been clocked on the Lune near Conder Green by a WeBs counting Steve W. a few hours earlier .

A few indicators of passerine migration this weekend with small numbers of meadow pipits, skylarks and siskins heard moving overhead and an off-passage flock of 26 pied wagtails.

The first volleys of sand martin through the parish can only be days away.


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