Posts Tagged ‘Common Sandpiper’


An almost full compliment of A-Teamers(communication/time zone problems?)left Rochdale at the later time of 7am for a day out in North Lancashire.First stop Conder Green with myself driving in my “new” car. The hoped for Spotted Redshank that is always reported could not be found anywhere. Lots of Common Sandpiper’s and Redshank’s though, with the air full of hirundines. Nice place to visit but lots of hiding places for waders during low tide. A call in at Aldcliffe Marsh was a little disapointing as the bushes etc obscured any decent viewing of the pools. At Foulshaw Moss the weather really improved and hope of seeing White Faced Darters on the pools also.Great long distance scope views of 2 young Osprey flapping their wings whilst an adult was seen flying around. A hunting Hobby was seen, but the hoped for darter’s were not seen despite much searching. On the Leighton Moss, Allen and Morecambe pools, a Ruff was seen in a really untidy plummage along with Redshanks and Black tailed Godwits, but again the hoped for Spotted Redshank was not located. Time for some butterflies up on Arnside Knott. As I searched for my first Treecreeper of the year(still not seen one), Steve B said, “I know a place were the butterflies will be”. So after a trek through the undergrowth we managed to find a single Northern Brown Argus and about 10 Scotch Argus, really nice to see these species in a quiet area. Meadow Brown, Ringlet and Grayling were also seen with other more common species! Heading towards home we made our way over the “Cross of Greet” road hoping for Ring Ouzel, but the Tour de France passed through last week and probably scared them all away! Great event though. Time was against us but, a dash up Croasdale(only 40 minutes Steve) and after Bob and Chris had seen a Ring Ouzel fly out, myself and Steve B had to slog our way to a gully to see another or the same Ring Ouzel,sorry for blocking you view Steve! It made it all worth it and great countryside to be in. We reached home around 6-30pm.

Dave O.

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In a 3 hour “vigil” at Clough Bottom in which there was heavy showers, light rain and mist then, warm sunshine the following birds were seen:- 9 Greylag Geese (landed on res at 3-20pm and flew off in the direction of Burnley at 4-00pm) 1 Mallard, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 LBB Gull, 4 Wood Pigeon, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Swallow, 2 Grey Wagtail, 10 Wren, 18 Dunnock, 1 Robin, 2 Song Thrush, 4 Blackbird, 14 Willow Warbler,3  Blackcap, 8 GOLDCREST – smile (finally caught up with them at Clough Bottom this year!),  3 Spotted Flycatcher, 12 Coal Tit, 24 Blue Tit, 40+ Great Tit, 1 Treecreeper, 2 Jay, 4 Magpie,6 Carrion Crow, 32 Chaffinch, 4 Goldfinch, 5 Crossbill (2 Juv`s).

Clough Bottom

Clough Bottom

Regards,
Dave Ousey.


Friday – RAIN, Saturday -RAIN, Sunday morning- RAIN. Marsh Sandpiper at Blacktoft and no rain forecast for that side of the country. Ozzy and Bob made the trip, reaching Blacktoft by 2-10pm in good weather. Lots of waders on view, Green, Common and Wood Sandpipers but our target bird was having a little “hide”. After an hour or so of listening to “dudes” talking crap and looking at their ” I Spy” bird books, we both decided on a change of hide and bingo the Marsh Sandpiper was on full show from the Ousefleet screen, cracking “shank” this bird! We could now get back to some good birding with a pasing Hobby, a singing Grasshopper Warbler a dozen or so Bearded Tits playing at the base of the reeds. Two Spoonbills doing what Spoonbills do best, sleeping. A few Marsh Harriers an eclipse Garganey tested our ID skills. We even had a very short shower to remind us about the weather back in good old Lancashire! We got to Huddersfield (were incidently I have an aunty, have I told you the story?) and it began to RAIN, this is were I came in.

Marsh Sandpiper,Blacktoft

Marsh Sandpiper, Blacktoft

Regards,
Dave Ousey.


About this time of year. The bird world hits a bit of a lul. So a bit of local bird watching is called for. Ozzy visited Holden Wood, Ogden and Calf Hey Reservoirs this afternoon and saw the following species:- GC Grebe, Little Egret (feeding at the far western end of Ogden Reservoir for over 2 hours) Grey Heron, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Mallard, Buzzard, Kestrel (watched 4 birds hunting together) Lapwing, Common Sandpiper, B H Gull, LBB Gull, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Swift, Swallow, House Martin, Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Wren, Redstart (juvenile in small bushes at western end of Holden Wood Reservoir, firstly at 3pm and again at 5pm) Stonechat, Blackbird, Mistle Thrush, Willow Warbler, Blue Tit, Magpie, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Reed Bunting.

Some great birds for our area. We don’t get many records of Little Egret – great bird. Always glad of any sightings of Redstart too.