Friday, July 1, 2011

Numbers Up

There were mixed but definite signs of autumn today at Pilling with an influx of post breeding Curlew, a gang of Pied Wagtails both young and old, and a build-up of the Linnet flock.

Naturally enough I’d done Lane Ends first to note 18/20 Blackbirds, 2 Blackcap, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Jay and the hidden but vocal Little Grebes.

The high tide was due at midday, but at 28ft it lacks any height to push many waders from the shores of Preesall and Knott End and then up to Lane Ends. But the job can often be left to the microlight aircraft, and today two of the annoying, clattering machines disturbed the entire Curlew flock from the sands and up to Pilling Water/Lane Ends but helped me to a count for of 365 - very high for 1st July. There wasn’t much else in the way of wader or wildfowl except 1 Common Sandpiper, 35 Oystercatcher, 22 Redshank and 85 Lapwing and 70 Shelduck, the latter a slight increase on recent counts due to inland breeding birds moving to the coast.


As the tide came into Pilling Water it concentrated, previously scattered Pied Wagtails into a gang of 19 birds, 5 or 6 adults and the remainder birds of the year. The finches were more difficult to count as they alternately mixed together then broke up into their separate species groups, but I eventually came to figures of 40+Linnet, 18 Goldfinch and 8 Greenfinch. After a number of sightings of Wheatear this week I hoped for my own this morning, taking a spring trap and meal worms, but when I sat down into the Wheatear rocks with the camera I had to settle for a few pictures of Linnets instead.

Pied Wagtail

Pied Wagtail

Linnet - male

Linnet - juvenile

The Fluke Hall stretch of coast was uneventful, with 7 Skylark, 5 Grey Heron, 2 Stock Dove and a smattering of more Redshank, Oystercatcher and Lapwing.

The weekend weather forecast looks ok and maybe we’ll get in a spot of ringing.


Chris said...

Hi Phil,
The linnets are gorgeous both the adult and female... Beautiful... yeh it is also strange here, as we almsot did not got the season to start but waders are already leaving the country... Meanwhile, the ducks and warblers have bred but not the other species, like common and red-throated loon!!

Bob Bushell said...

A beautiful series.

JWBateman said...

Hi Phil: About the only thing the Micro Lights are usefull for.JWB.

eileeninmd said...

Hello Phil, great bird sightings. I love the Curlew and the wagtails. Great shots. have a great weekend!

Anonymous said...

What delightful shots!

Carol said...

Love the shots!!!!

Jidhu Jose said...

lovely shots

LivingSoAbundantly said...

The birds and background colors just match perfectly to create amazing pictures! The clarity is wonderful.

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Mary Howell Cromer said...

Phil, these Linnets are so beautiful, and the elements behind the subject, the yellows and golds, just make them stand out all the more. Just brilliant, well done, as always. Happy weekend~

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