Trip reports

Middleton Sands and Sunderland Point

Middleton Sands and Sunderland Point
Horizon Line Sculpture, Sunderland Point (c) Ken Harrison

Thursday, 28 November 2019

On an overcast day with intermittent light rain, a dozen members of our local group met at Potts Corner and made our way along the muddy track towards Sunderland Point. A group of curlew flew over the salt marsh, while on the tideline waders were busy feeding before the incoming tide. A few passerines were spotted in bushes and on fenceposts as we walked, including robins, chaffinches, skylark and a fieldfare. A rock pipit proved elusive as it disappeared into the tussocks on the marsh.

As we approached Sunderland Point, Alan Smith, our outing leader, met us. The tide was now pushing the waders off the mud, with several thousand knot forming together and swirling above the tideline, with smaller numbers of dunlin flying below them. Strings of oystercatchers and curlew flew low over the water, while redshanks called and flew over the salt marsh. A few little egrets gave good views, while a handful of snipe were flushed by the tide and flew overhead. A distant small skein of pinkfooted geese flew towards Pilling, while about a hundred wigeon plus a few teal and shelduck were on the approaching tide.

We were impressed by the new hide, the horizon line sculpture and improved access to Sambo's grave which have taken place recently, and sat in the hide to eat our lunch and continue to birdwatch. As we came out of the hide a kestrel hovered over the lane. We then walked along the lane towards the river lune and then warmed ourselves by the fire and enjoyed excellent homemade scones, teas and coffees provided by Alan's wife Cyn.

Many thanks to Alan and Cyn for their hospitality!