Thursday, 14 January 2016

Winter on the North Fylde Coast

Winter finally arrived bringing with it a bitterly cold day to the north Fylde coast, but it was beautiful if you could bear the wind, with some spectacular coastal scenary and lots of great birds to be seen. I started at Eagland Hill where there was a flock of 250 whooper swans, then onto the coast at Braides near Cockerham, where there was a nice selection of swans, geese and waders, including about 40 whoopers and four Bewick's swans.

Moving west, at Pilling Lane Ends a merlin scattered waders as the high tide approached and further west still, at Fluke Hall, upto 50 twite were feeding on the saltmarsh. However it was the scenary which took the breath away, almost as much as the sharpness of the wind, with fantastic views over Morecombe Bay looking towards the snow covered Coniston Old Man in the Lake District.

Year: 114 (Bewick's swan and something else!)

Curlews with the Old Man behind.

Bewick's swans.

Whooper swans at Eagland Hill.

The same flock.

Golden plover top left.

I love this photo with the whoopers on the sea and the Old Man behind. It looks like it could be Iceland!

Not as spectacular as some of the other photos, but still nice, pink-footed geese with Bowland behind.

Twite at Fluke Hall.

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