Heysham and Conder Pool - 31st August 2009

I made my way straight out to the wooden jetty taking a quick look over red nab rock and both of the outflows. Beyond red nab rock were c200 oystercatcher and a mix of gulls mostly Black-headed. Stage two outflow had plenty of gulls again mostly Black Headed and a few Juvenile gulls that I don’t have the knowledge to identify and having left my camera behind …….. I did manage to pick out one Gull and having made a few notes and checking in one of my many books I’d identified my first 2nd winter Mediterranean Gull. On the wooden jetty itself there were mainly Cormorant and again a number of juvenile gulls, I also managed to pick out 2 Greater Black Backed Gull whilst scanning the area. There were several flocks of Oystercatcher moving across the bay as well as Curlew and a single Common Tern. I’d loved to have stayed longer as the predicted rain hadn’t yet arrived and the wind seemed to be blowing into the bay so a possibility of something interesting arriving but I had to be back for lunch and wanted to call in at Conder Pool before heading home.
Parking up I took a look down the estuary and amongst half a dozen Redshank I spotted a Wood Sandpiper of which I digi-scoped a poor photo with my mobile.
Wood Sandpiper in the forground on the right
On the edge of the grass were several Curlew and a Snipe made a brief appearance as well as a Herron.
Curlew courtesy of Mike Foley
On and around the pool itself were Oystercatcher, Lapwing, Redshank, House Martin, Tufted Duck, Cormorant and 2 Little Grebe.
As I made my way back to the car a quick look up the estuary brought a single Spotted Redshank feeding on the far bank.
Spotted Redshank courtesy of Mike Foley

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I was also at Conder from about 2-3pm. Tide low by then. On the Creek no sign of the Wood Sandpiper but 2 Common S'ps and a nice Spotted Redshank (will email a pic to you). Weather turning nasty so retreated. Nice close view of a Curlew also. Mallard + 6 ducklings on the pool. It's a very good spot. Mike.