Friday, August 30, 2013

On The Up….

Are the numbers of Spotted Redshanks at Conder Green. There were three this morning, 2 juveniles and 1 still dusky adult bird, all three feeding together in the roadside creeks where 30/40 Common Redshanks also fed. 

The overall Common Redshank numbers are harder to fathom since there’s a constant movement of birds to and from the marsh where distant Redshanks numbered 4/500 when I looked along the river from Glasson. The picture shows part of the flocks along the river where 2000+ Lapwings outnumbered Redshank by a ratio of 5 to 1, and where 5 Curlew and a single Dunlin were clearly outnumbered.


Lapwings and Redshanks

Below is a nicely shot video of a Spotted Redshank by Luuc Punt.

A Spotted Redshank feeds in noticeably deeper water than is the case with the Common Redshank, a difference which shows a distinction in the ecology of these two closely related species. The Spotted Redshank often feeds with the bill at a small angle to the water and the bill swept rapidly from side to side, also feeding by probing with a nearly vertical bill in a similar manner to Redshank. The bill of a Spotted Redshank is noticeably thinner and longer than that of a Common Redshank. While both species have bright red legs, the Spotted Redshank has the longer of the two. 

Similar number of other waders and wildfowl with 2 Common Sandpipers, 3 Greenshank, 10+ Snipe, 10 Teal, 2 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron and 3 Cormorant. No sign of Little Grebes today.

I paid Lane Ends a visit where a slow walk to Pilling Water and back revealed 20+ Goldfinch, 1 Skylark, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank and 10 Little Egrets.

The Sparrowhawk was a young female and taking an unsuccessful pop at one of the recently released white Red-legged Partridge. HiFly have released lots of birds in recent days with hundreds of normal red-legs and dozens of the white variety now swarming through the fields.

Red-legged Partridge

Flying against wintry clouds the white birds may be difficult for shooters to target but for birds of prey like Peregrine, Marsh Harrier, Buzzard and female Sparrowhawks the white blobs in the green and brown landscape must provide a tempting and easy target.

More blog and more birds soon. Stay tuned to Another Bird Blog. Linking today to Anni's Blog.


grammie g said...

Hey Phil... I love those shore birds they sure can give your eyes a work out trying to keep up with them!: )
Where was that guy who did that video! It sound like he was next to a car race track, ; ) but the birds where great to see in action!!
Those poor released Partridge don't stand much of a chance do they! I think you should round them up and get them in your car and take them home with you!!
What would the wife think of that...Okay so it's a bad idea!!
What's this harder to need to start practicing your counting and multiplying!!

Have a good weekend!!
It is Labor Day weekend here!!

Wally Jones said...

Nice to hear some of your counts are up.
I just made up a phrase after viewing your photo: a "littering of Lapwings".
Nice video of the Redshank. He certainly is active!

Hope your weekend is wonderful, Phil!

Carole M. said...

well Phil, I loved the curlew a lot but also seeing the red-legged partridge

Margaret Adamson said...

HI Phil Great post and birds. Loved the video adn your text with it. Very helpful. Have a great weekend.

eileeninmd said...

Great birds and post, Phil! I would be a happy birder seeing all those Lapwings. The video is awesome, love the reflections. Wonderful photos, happy birding. Have a great weekend!

Gary Phillips said...

Great post!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Carol L McKenna said...

Magnificent photography of nature's treasures and very creative eye ~ thanks, carol, xo

Gunilla Bäck said...

Wonderful post. I love the video. Have a great day!

Stewart M said...

Nice shots. Its remarkable how little different in feeding method can separate one species from another.
The video is great to see.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Anne (cornucopia) said...

Great photos! Especially the one with all the birds on the shore!

lankyjohn said...

Hi Phil,

Would it be possible to use one of your Spotted Redshank photos from Conder Green in our Newsletter please?

John Mason
Lancaster & District Birdwatching Society

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