Showing posts from January, 2009

South-west Lancs Mosses

Bernie and I went on a belated visit to Martin Mere. The usual stuff was there - hundreds of Whoopers and a single Bewick but with the meres mostly frozen, the birds were all concentrated in one or two areas. A couple of Ruffs were in splendid plumage and I've never seen so many Shelduck!
We had a look over one of my old stomping grounds at Plex Moss and immediately found a rather large Pink-footed Goose flock that was rather obliging. However the only non-pinkfoot was a Barnacle Goose. One surprise was a Woodcock that landed in a nearby ditch briefly letting me get scope views on the deck before it flew off over the moss. After that we scoured the lanes for Partridges but only found a few Red-legged - when will I next see a Grey?

New Year in Burneside and an unexpected twitch

It was a traditional New Year at our friends place in Burneside above Kendal. We awoke to a deep frost covering everything. The usual birds were on the garden feeders including the regular wintering Yellowhammers (not very common in these parts) and a surprise of two Tree Sparrows in amongst the few House Sparrows.
Later that day came news of a potential Glaucous-winged Gull (a western Canadian gull) in Clevelend - within striking distance if it was confirmed.
The 2nd saw me chekc ing the river down by the Dunkenhalgh where I found the ususal Dipper but no Kingfishers. A lone treecreeper went from tree to tree and a male Sparrowhawk's presence was indicated by the alrm calls of Blue Tits high in the beech trees.
I was on my way to Whinney Hill when Bill texted me about the GWG - it was there - and so we hastily arranged a twitch together with John Wright and Mark Breaks.
The car's panoramic sunroof came in to play when a Red Kite soared over the A59 near Blubberhouses (I've se…