Monday, 14 March 2011

Local birding, Lancs: Iceland Gull, Fishmoor Res, Blackburn - 14th March 2011.

A nice juv Iceland Gull roosted tonight from 18:00 as did 3 superb ad sum Med Gulls.

Prior to this, an hour at Brockholes NR LWT late afternoon revealed the continued presence of at least 3 Ringed Plover squabbling territorially on No1 Pit Island, 54 Oystercatcher, 3 Redshank, 13 Lapwing, 18 Goldeneye and 13 Teal amongst the other usual suspects. The same green (B) darvic ringed Greylag Goose as recorded last spring, ringed at MMWWT in I think winter 2008 (will check), is present again amongst up to 14 Greylags.

Earlier in the day, there was no sign of the ad Med Gull on Pleasington Playing Fields in the hour that i gave it mid-morning. Predicatably there was no sign of any Hawfinch at Pleasington Old Hall Wood in my 7th recent attempt to try and confirm whether they still exist in this part of Lancs. If I were to succeed in the coming weeks, the event would undoubtedly rank equal first with any other top ornithlogical highlight of 2011, no matter what that may turn out to be come the year end?

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