Trip reports

Upper Lune Estuary Saturday, 12th March 2016

Redshank perched on post
rspb images

Saturday, 12 March 2016

Some ten members met at the end of the Lancaster Quay on what was initially, a rather
gloomy and damp day. Our objective was to see the birds and perhaps other wildlife
that frequents the Lune Estuary and its adjacent farmland from Freeman's Pool to Stodday
Lane.

Fortunately, the drizzle diminished as we began our walk along the old railway track that runs parallel with the river bank. Much of the immediate farmland and parts of the footpath has remained flooded - a legacy of this past winter's extremely wet weather. Although the flooding forced us to make a slight detour it did however afford us excellent views of many wildfowl and waders congregating in the submerged fields.

Our tally of bird species seen in the freshwater ponds, hedgerow, farmland and estuary was as follows:

woodpigeon, blackbird, greenfinch, goldfinch,wren, magpie, robin, dunnock, collared dove,oystercatcher, pheasant, goldeneye, cormorant, little grebe, black- headed gull, coot, moorhen, carrion crow, jay (heard but not seen), long-tailed tit, bullfinch, long-tailed tit, blue tit, geat tit, pink-footed geese (flying overhead), wigeon, mallard, shoveler, shelduck, goldeneye, pintail, gadwall, black-tailed godwits, little egret, Canada goose,
redshank, dunlin, chaffinch, linnet, grey heron, snipe, and mute swan.

We would have liked to have seen brown hares, but none seemed to be about that morning.

Michael Gardner