Thursday, 12 February 2009

Over Wyre, Lancs: Goose watching - 12th Feb 2009.

Above: 1stw Pale-bellied Brent Goose, Cumming Carr, Pilling - 12th Feb 2009.

Above: Ad Ross's x Pink-footed Goose, Lambs Lane, Pilling - 12th Feb 2009.

Above: 1 of prob 4 Waxwing, Carr Lane, Pilling - 12th Feb 2009. Most unexpected whilst driving around looking for Geese were some Waxwings in an almost berry-less Hawthorn all-too-briefly, for c1 min at 14:40, then flew south. In the very brief time of observation, I thought two were present in the Hawthorn, but four birds flew out of the back of the Hawthorn in a chorus of multiple calls and away. I strongly suspected all four were of this species.

Above: Little Egret, Fluke Hall Pilling - 12th Feb 2009. One of four seen whilst driving around the Mosses. The others, all singles: Flew west over Woods Lane at SD451451; 1 flying alongside road at Stalmine Moss, SD394453, and one west over Lambs Lane, SD391476.

Other notables during six hours in cold, dull and increasingly damp weather included a Merlin at Eagland Hill, a Short-eared Owl at the northern end of Bradshaw Lane, 30 Golden Plover and c30 Corn Bunting in vicinity of Bradshaw Lane feeding station.