Sunday, September 2, 2012

Another Gold Top And A Flying Display

It wasn’t the most encouraging morning for a walk along Pilling sea wall when soon after setting off the grey sky turned to a steady drizzle, but within 15 minutes I seen a Kestrel, another “Gold Top” Marsh Harrier and a Wheatear. 

The harrier was another tideline job, just like the one of Thursday, last seen heading south and west close to Fluke Hall. This morning’s bird did just the same, flew over the marsh in a south-westerly direction then over the sea wall and out of sight. The wildfowler’s pools should hold a harrier in thrall for a while but I spent a couple of hours near the pools and the marsh without the harrier reappearing. I’m happy it’s a different bird from Thursday and there’s no doubt that each autumn sees a considerable movement of Marsh Harriers through this area, not all of them noticed by birders. 

Marsh Harrier

The Marsh Harrier was distant but I got a bit closer to the Wheatear, another juvenile bird with a wing length of 99mm. Is it really true that the name Wheatear derives from an old descriptive name of “White Arse”? 

Wheatear

Next came a Greenshank, 2 Grey Heron and 5 Little Egrets leaving the wildfowler’s pools. That was just  before the sun came out when I settled down to watch the tide run in, while some 20 miles away over Morecambe, the Red Arrows did their inimitable stuff. 

Red Arrows

There were more flying displays from the assembled waders: 600 Curlew, 200 Lapwing, 15 Black-tailed Godwit, 20 Golden Plover, 20 Ringed Plover, 40 Dunlin and 3 Snipe, not to mention 250+ Teal, the unsurpassed fliers of the duck contingent. Other birds out there: 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 7 Cormorant, 14 Shelduck, 20+ Wigeon and 6 Pintail. 

Lapwing and Golden Plover

Not to be outdone by Red Arrows or tiny ducks, the resident Peregrine made an appearance by scattering the waders and wildfowl in all directions, just as a second Peregrine flew in. In the autumn time it’s quite common to see two Peregrines out here, sometimes three, birds of the same family which tolerate and even interact together. Not today, the second bird was an interloper, soon chased off in noisy aggression by the resident male, the two clashing almost over my head until the trespasser flew off south. 

Peregrine Falcon

Peregrine Falcon x 2

Not many passerines to report today with the resident Goldfinch flock sticking at 80+, 4 Linnet, 1 Pied Wagtail and then 3 Wheatear on the walk back to Lane Ends, these in addition to one ringed. 

Wheatear 

More from Another Bird Blog soon.

14 comments:

Anni said...

Wow...with those harriers flying overhead, I swear that sight would absolutely take my breath away. My goodness. Lucky you.

Loved all your photos this week Phil. Thanks for linking up at the Bird D'Pot.

Gary said...

Love those harriers!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Adam Jones said...

Beautiful Wheatear shot. Sad to think they will be moving on soon.

Cheryl said...

Gorgeous captures as always. I love the shots of the big birds in flight and that last little wheatear.

Isidro Ortiz said...

Buenas capturas Phil,me gusta mucho la ultima foto de la Collalba gris.Saludos

joanca bs said...

Hi phil, great captures, greetings from my spanish blog

El rincón de Ceditas said...

Preciosas todas, pero la última me parece magnifica.
Un abrazo

Roan said...

I've never heard of a wheatear, but they sure are a beautiful color. Like seeing the falcons, too.
Rubbish by Roan

Russell said...

Nice peregrines shots and observations. My favourite for the post is the final Wheatear on the rock. A noble pose. Sky colours here are looking like autumn for the last two days but still pretty hot, 33c. Reading your blog is getting me excited about the upcoming migrations.

news said...

Hi Phil: I was always led to belive that : White Arse: was the old country name for Wheatears.All the best JWB.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Oh Neat, Marsh Harries, Peregrines and ca-hem...I thought they got their name because their ear looked like a grain of wheat...just saying;') Have a glorious week Phil~

eileeninmd said...

Wow, awesome numbers and great birds. I love the harrier shot and the Red Arrows shot. The Wheatear is a beautiful image. Happy Birding, Phil!

NewMexiKen said...

Nice assortment of birds. What great feather detail on the flycatcher!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

The wheatear posing on the lichen was a great way to end the post! Super sharp and pretty colors.

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