When the rest of the UK was inundated with yellow-browed warblers I was out every day checking the tit flocks and scouring the sycamore's in and around Freeman's Wood but unfortunately drew blanks on each occasion.
Wader numbers have been slow to build and there were very few migrant shorebirds generally in the Aldcliffe area. As witnessed in many other places, Aldcliffe saw a major passage of pink-footed geese but none stopped off on the estuary.
To put things into perspective, the highlight of this otherwise very drab autumn (on the patch) was the arrival of a pristine, yet proven escapee, snow goose that turned up when the greylag flocks returned to the marsh.
I also had a week off in September and went to Majorca with Jenny. I had two target birds, moustached and Balearic warblers - you can read my brief account and see some lovely pictures of some Mediterannean exotica here or by clicking on the tab above.
In the past few weeks I have also enjoyed a few hours at the RSPB reserves at Burton Mere on the Dee estuary (where I was treated to amazing views of a hobby snatching dragonflies in front of the hide) and the newly renovated Campfield Marsh on the Solway.
Anyway, just for completion here are some annotated posts that I put onto the LDBWS website since I last blogged...
Among the 270 or so Canada geese on Aldcliffe Marsh this morning were at least 3 birds sporting orange/red darvic rings on their left legs. I was without 'scope so couldn't get any digits.
These are part of a RSPCA-related ringing scheme based out of Windermere.
Otherwise it was pretty unremarkable out there. I scoured the tideline for northern buntings, checked the marsh for ibis and kicked a few bushes for grounded migrants but came back with nowt. A solitary green sandpiper was the only thing of note.
Nothing much new to report from Aldcliffe this morning, just much the same stuff as present for the past week or so but with less emphasis on migrant passerines.
Indeed I couldn't even find a single chiffchaff despite a thorough grilling of a handful of tit flocks. Reed bunting numbers are pretty good along the cycle track and particularly in the maize fields, while greenfinch and chaffinch seem to have increased notably.
Approx 70 black-tailed godwit were on the Lune off Marsh Point, and an adult Mediterannean gull was with the many black-headeds at Gull Bank. Around 160 wigeon were on the river here.
3 grey wagtail were among a dozen or so pied wags at Stodday ETW.
No sign of any green sandpipers anywhere, just 8 snipe on The Flood.
At least 6 little grebes, 3 shoveler and 5 gadwall on Freeman's Pools, plus 6 swallow briefly feeding over the water before moving on.
Had a walk along Morecambe prom from Stone Jetty to Broadway as the tide was rising early afternoon. Highlights included a rock pipit on the jetty, a scattering of (25+) eider, plus the expected turnstones, redshank, oystercatchers etc.
An adult Med gull was flying around near Promenade Music (couldn't see any rings).