Trip reports

Conder Green and Glasson Dock Visit

Long-tailed tit perched on branch
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Wednesday, 4 January 2017

A chilly northerly wind failed to deter some twelve members as we began our early New Year birdwatching walk on the 4th January. As in previous years we followed a well trodden route following the Lune estuary footpath from Conder Green to Glasson Dock - a walk that offers good views of estuarine birds as well as those species of hedgerow and scrub.

After a brief stop at the Glasson Marina (in winter usually a good place to see several kinds of over-wintering duck), we climbed Tithebarn Hill from where we were able to appreciate the vista of Sunderland Point and Morecambe Bay, finally returning via Jeremy Lane to see farmland birds in the adjacent fields.

Our tally of bird sightings was excellent considering the cold temperature and often poor visibility:
teal, lapwing, little egret, cormorant, great black-back gull, curlew, oystercatcher, wigeon, shelduck, long-tailed tit, redshank, mallard, redwing, blackbird, grey wagtail, collared dove, golden plover, bar-tailed godwit, meadow pipit, pinkfooted goose, goldfinch, buzzard, Canada goose, snipe, common gull, pied wagtail, mute swan, chaffinch, magpie, ringed plover, blue tit, wren, little grebe, robin, greenfinch, house sparrow, song thrush, fieldfare, goldeneye, peregrine falcon, black-tailed godwit, woodpigeon, stock dove, dunlin and tufted duck.
Michael Gardner