Saturday, 5 December 2020

Cockersand...Snow Buntings

 I paid another visit to Cockersand Abbey in the hope of getting better images of the snow buntings that were still around.Previously I did manage some shots but the buntings were very active in some very tussocky vegetation and it was tricky to photograph them.So on Tuesday last I decided to visit again.The weather was dry for a change with sunshine and a strong and cold wind from the north.I arrived around midday just as the tide was turning and uncovering the favoured feeding area below the ancient Abbey

Cockersands Abbey was occupied centuries ago but parts still exist on this delightful part of the Lancashire coastline.Just below the abbey is a small pebbly sandy beach where I was pleased to find two buntings feeding when I arrived.I managed some images before they quickly departed.I looked for but couldn't find them.However when I returned to the Abbey there were two snow buntings feeding amongst the seaweed etc left by the high tide.

For the next hour or so the buntings stayed on this area and I had them to myself as they rooted around looking for seeds left by the tide.As they say I "filled my boots" with this opportunity and took many images of these lovely little birds.Some more birders arrived but I decided to leave as it had become very cold standing around.I returned to the car very satisfied and pleased that I had persevered over the weeks and my persistence had eventually paid off.

Thanks for looking in and hope you enjoy the images of Cockersands Abbey and it's delightful snow buntings.Stay safe and well in these difficult coronavirus days and hopefully with the arrival of a vaccine things will improve.