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Sandgrounders Hide
Longstaying Cattle Egret still exactly where I saw it in early August, with cattle distantly from hide.

Pink Footed Geese arrived in big numbers, easily 1000 seen. Autumn is here.

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Tuesday 20th of September 2016 11:36:08 PM

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Day spent around here today; gorgeous day, but very bright making IDing roosting eclipse ducks, especially, quite tricky earlier on before it clouded over a little in the late afternoon. Again, some crackers seen; highlights:

Chiffchaff, goldfinch, linnet, house martin, swallow, meadow pipit, pied wagtail, skylark.
1 yellow wagtail
1 kingfisher
400+ teal
c25 shoveler
3 gadwall
6 wigeon
2 shelduck
1 tufted duck
400+ pink-footed geese
9 ringed plover
40+ lapwing
2 little stint
2 dunlin
5 snipe
1,500+ black-tailed godwit
1 oystercatcher
2 curlew
1 cattle egret (several sightings, once close in from the viewing screen just outside Sandgrounders Hide)
9 little egret
4 grey heron
1 merlin
1 kestrel

A walk along the path to the mudflats at high-tide yielded:

32 ringed plover on the path itself, with 2 dunlin
10+ redshank
3 oystercatcher
The fantastic sight of a train of 100+ curlew flying past; they kept on coming! Perhaps c30 knot and 50+ dunlin in with them.
c15 little egret

Further along Marine Drive, near a layby with a Ribble Estuary Nature Reserve sign, is a small pool on the seaward side of the road, which proved quite productive:

c15 linnet
400+ starling
100+ teal
3 wigeon
c40 golden plover
150+ lapwing
3 ruff
4 black-tailed godwit
1 little egret
1 or 2 kestrel

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Monday 29th August

Quick call in whilst delivering in the area.

Of note...
- Cattle Egret 1 (still) very distant with Cattle
- Little Egrets
- Grey Heron 2
- Cormorants 1 very showy bird infront of Sandgrounders
- Common Snipe 1
- Black-tailed Godwit approx 150+
- Great Black-backed Gull 1
- few Meadow Pipits around
- Kestrel 1
- Merlin 1 over Nel's which when I got to Sandgrounders I found out it had landed on a post in the marsh for a while but I missed that being at Nel's.

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Spare day and an event was being run on my patch so rather than be part of the crowds - I'm used to having it to myself! - I decided to finally pop over to Marshside to see the Cattle Egret. We walked up Marshside Road to its favoured area and it was with the cattle as expected. With the bird under our belts immediately we then spent a couple of hours hoping that it would come closer for pictures. But it stayed at the rear of the field, mostly with the cattle, but also occasionally flying to a ditch to digest & rest. We watched it mainly catching insects such as grasshoppers, but also saw it take a large frog! The bird was on view all the time we were there, at least 3 hours, and showed really well through the scope. In the end I managed a record digiscoped shot at distance, but was pleased that the bird was so easily seen and so quickly too!

 



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I had a spare day so i thought, I'll try and wait for a photo opportunity at marshside for the cattle egret- why not I thought! I had excellent views of him though a little way out. The cattle started moving (or is that moo-vin') east towards the public path but the cattle egret instead flew of and went right in the middle of the Marsh to feed away from the cattle and (people). Still, was worth the effort and to have privilege to see this stunning bird again. Also to note; 11 little egrets, redshank, 500 black tailed godwits, lapwing, swallow and house martin. On my way to Pennington for a few hours...

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Third visit and third time luck to see the Cattle Egret, Rewarded with reasonably close views from Marshside Road

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2nd Attempt to see the cattle egret with success this time, but the glossy ibis hasn't been reported for a couple of days now. Thankfully, from the sandgrousers hide, someone already knew where the cattle egret was and after 10 mins, it showed. I had some nice long full views of it and though it wasn't as close as last year's Burton bird, it was well worth to see it in his adult summer plumage. Other highlights includes a little grebe with 4 youngsters (I was surprised to see only one adult feeding them all, however they seem to be doing very well despite.), Black tailed godwit, curlew, whitethroat and juvenile swallows landing in front of the hide.And until next time, That's that I'm afraid.

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Sun 7/8 17:20-18:25 sunny light cloud strong sw wind

Cattle Egret 1 ad sp seen briefly at 18:00 at the back of the RSPB hide pool in rose bay willow herb and docks, seems to be a gulley ditch there
At least 12 L Egrets

Black tailed godwit at least 1,000
Golden plover 2

[Probable peregrine spooked godwits and other waders and starlings]
Sparrowhawk f hunting along hedge



-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Monday 8th of August 2016 06:18:54 AM

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Hi Richard,
Just to add to a comment in your post...the Glossy Ibis was actually at Nel's hide on Saturday when I was there, right infront of the hide in the small mud patch you are talking about but it seemed to be constantly feeding well so conditions must've been favourable.

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Luck wasn't on my side today as the cattle egret has up and left (was my motivation for going) . I searched thoroughly along the back path but i did get a nice glossy ibis view though distant whilst there. Every report that came in was the same- no cattle egret, still, it wouldn't have been my first all-timer so can't complain there. Other birds to note are Dunlin juveniles close, 30 swallows landed next to the sandgrousers hide on the fence, common sandpiper, black tailed godwit, avocet juvenile and several little egrets (10+). The Nels hide is currently bare with only a tiny amount of mud to show (which is about normal at this time of year). Thanks..

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Wonderful views of Cattle Egret, most definitely not a Little Egret.
Glossy Ibis spent over an hour in front of Nell's hide.


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Saturday 30th July...mid afternoon visit.

- Cattle Egret 1
Got to Sandgrounders after just missing it from Marshside Rd (presumably that was you John I was speaking to?) and within minutes I picked the bird up and got everyone else on to it.
A splendid bird in cracking plumage and it was with the Cattle! I walked further up the path passed the hide and I found myself quite close, watching it feeding in between the herd. Brilliant.

- Glossy Ibis 1
Showing really well from Nel's, feeding well, and showing off its glossy colours in the sun.

Other birds of note...
- Little Egret 15+
- Grey Heron 2
- Black-tailed Godwit 200+
- Acocet 6
- Oystercatcher 1
- Sparrowhawk 1 female caught a juv Lapwing



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mid-pm

Cattle Egret, near Marshside Rd & around RSPB visitor centre. Quite mobile: observed distantly from viewpoint on Marshside Rd (near school), also from visitor centre itself (with cattle !). Easily picked out from the many Little Egrets by its slightly larger, golden appearance, yellow bill and golden plumage on head & some flight feathers - but can disappear for some time in tall vegetation

Glossy Ibis mid-pm near Nel's hide (along road towards Southport). Viewed very distantly from blind at junction, but probably much easier from Nel's.

Oh, and other stuff, including numerous Black-Tailed Godwit

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Monday 25th July.
A weeks holiday so a chance for some birding through the week.

- Cattle Egret had flown 10 minutes before I arrived at lunchtime, apparently dropped infront of the hide but no sign all afternoon.
Bumped into Austin Morley and Dawn, and as we were talking, at 4.50pm a birder outside Sangrounders said he'd found it right at the back of the fields towards the waterworks, as if you were sat in the hide looking out towards the houses.
Myself and Austin went to check the very bird he pointed out and it was a Little Egret, it had a grey bill and greenish legs so we presumed an immature one.

Other birds of note...
- Little Egret 20+
- Black-tailed Godwits (few 100)
- Ruff 2
- Oystercatcher 2
- Avocets
- Dunlin
- Curlew
- Redshank
- Lapwing
- Linnets
- Sedge Warbler 2
- Reed Warbler 2
- Sparrowhawk
- Lesser Black-backed Gull took a young Coot, but it lost its catch to a Great-black backed Gull, who in turn was being pestered by a young Grey Heron.


-- Edited by Rob Creek on Wednesday 27th of July 2016 02:36:55 PM

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Day spent here today; ended up a good choice, in the end (not least for being able to observe in a hide when it was belting down with rain).

Cattle egret showing well for me on the area midway between the junction pool and Nell's hide at around 3.45 this afternoon. Cracking bird it is, too, swaying from side to side, presumably feeding on small insects; a first for me. When observing it, I also had three grey heron and three little egret in view, too; herontastic.

Other than that, it was a bit of a wader-fest, with 11 different species seen (all well, too; Nell's hide was especially fruitful late morning); highlights of the day were:

Whitethroat, sedge warbler, goldfinch (lots), linnet, greenfinch, reed bunting, house martin, swallow, meadow pipit (loads), skylark.
Lots of moorhen young, including a nest with chicks that can't have been much older than a day.
1 teal
9+ shoveler
4 shelduck
13 tufted duck (several young)
1 little grebe
2 little ringed plover
45+ lapwing
19 dunlin
1 common sandpiper
1 green sandpiper
9+ redshank
2 snipe
300+ black-tailed godwit
12 avocet (several juveniles)
8 oystercatcher
3 curlew
8 little egret
7 grey heron
100+ black-headed gull
1 sparrowhawk


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Cattle Egret mentioned by RBA, from Sandgrounders flew S at 13:40

Might be worth checking the roost on the Marine Lake island, later

Also interesting that a Little Egret with yellow bill mentioned on this website for BMW on Tuesday

-- Edited by John Watson on Saturday 23rd of July 2016 01:56:15 PM

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Saturday 16th July
Quick afternoon visit with Simon Gough and Chris Chandler.

- Greenshank 1 stunning individual from Nel's hide
- Black-tailed Godwit approx 150 almost all summ plum
- Avocet, grown young around too
- Oystercatcher
- Common Redshank
- Lapwing
- Shoveler
- Gadwall
- Little Egret
- Linnet
- Skylark
- Reed Warbler 1 infront of Nel's hide
- Starling few groups around, one flock possibly around 300+

- also I just caught the tail end of a bird dashing over Marine Road from the beach, Simon and Chris saw it fully though and they concluded it was a Peregrine that plucked a Starling out of the flock!



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Late post for Monday 11th July, a change of route to cover staff holidays has meant a busier week than normal but also a rare chance for a bit of birding.

12pm - 12.30pm on latter part of tacho break.
Of note...
- Black-tailed Godwit 100-150 mostly breeding plumaged
- Avocet
- Oystercatcher
- Redshank
- Lapwing
- Shoveler
- Tufted Duck
- Little Egret
- Swift
- Sand Martin
- Skylark
- Whitethroat
- Linnet
- Starling group of approx 100

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Junction Pool
Glossy Ibis active picking round the edge of the pool. Adult and juv Black Headed Gulls seemed irritated by the ibis, screaming and lunging at it.

Good nos of young Avocet.

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Nells Hide
6:00pm
M Ruff in full Summer plumage looking fantastic. A bit skulking, but showed pretty well eventually. 3 F Ruff, much plainer, of course were perfectly easy to see.
1 Common Sandpiper
Loads of Avocet chicks.
Junction Pool
1 adult Mediterranean Gull

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Rob Creek wrote:

Late post for Thursday 30th June. Approx 12.30 - 1.15pm

...and an even larger aerial figure as a fighter jet was doing some fantastic displays over the marsh opposite Sandgrounder's Hide, it came close to the coast road a few times and put up quite a few birds from the marsh in the process. I should imagine they're used to the planes, being so close to RAF Woodvale.


Rob the fighter jet you saw was very probably a Typhoon from BAE Systems at Warton, just across the Ribble Estuary from where you were. I believe that the plane has been flying its display routine every day this week in preparation for taking part in the Royal International Air Tattoo next week in Gloucestershire.



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Late post for Thursday 30th June. Approx 12.30 - 1.15pm

Delivering in Southport so thought it would be rude not to put the wagon on tacho break and get some birding in.
Lots of birds but mainly usuals.
Of note...
- no sign of the Glossy Ibis for me
- Black-tailed Godwit
- Avocet
- Redshank
- Oystercatcher
- Lapwing
- Little Egret
- Shoveler
- Gadwall
- Tufted Duck
- Sand Martin
- Swift
- Skylark
- Whitethroat
...and an even larger aerial figure as a fighter jet was doing some fantastic displays over the marsh opposite Sandgrounder's Hide, it came close to the coast road a few times and put up quite a few birds from the marsh in the process. I should imagine they're used to the planes, being so close to RAF Woodvale.

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After a shopping trip to Southport with Mrs A had good views of the long staying Glossy Ibis from Nel's Hide this afternoon.  Also present of interest were summer plumaged Ruff and Black-tailed Godwit and families of Avocet, Shoveller, Greylag Geese, Tufted duck and Gadwall.



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Monday 30th May
I had a few deliveries in the area so called in on my break. Nice to bump into Rob and Sonia Adderley.

Of note...
- Sedge Warbler 2 (1 up close)
- Reed Warbler 1
- Whitethroat 2
- Reed Bunting 4 all male
- Skylark
- Meadow Pipit
- Ruff 4 fantastic individuals in full breeding plumage
- Black-tailed Godwits also in full breeding plumage
- Avocet lots around
- Oystercatcher
- Redshank
- Wigeon
- Shoveler
- Gadwall
- no sign of the Glossy Ibis for me and I tried to find the Garganey that Rob and Sonia told me about but my tacho break was almost up so no sign of that either.



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Very enjoyable day spent here today.

Glossy ibis (fifth new species in just over two weeks) showing well if fairly distantly on edges of Fairclough pool late this morning.

The rest:

Whitethroat, sedge warbler, reed warbler, goldfinch, linnet, greenfinch, reed bunting, house martin, swallow, meadow pipit, skylark, starling, blackbird.
Coot, tufted duck, mallard, greylag and Canada geese all with young.
2 little grebe
6 shoveler
13 gadwall
c100 shelduck
1 ringed plover (on outmarsh on opposite side of the road)
c40 lapwing
30+ redshank
3 ruff (looking glorious at close quarters)
20+ avocet
9 oystercatcher
c50 black-tailed godwit
c500 black-headed gull, with chicks at all stages of development.
c10 little egret
1 cormorant (taking, battling with, and finally eating an unfortunate eel)
1 kestrel

Excellent day watching lots of interesting behaviour, and lovely views of species such as reed warbler and skylark, and apparently a garganey about, though I missed that one.


-- Edited by Shannon Llewellyn on Monday 30th of May 2016 11:50:48 PM

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Sandgrounders
juv Little Gull showing really well hawking for insects over Sandgrounders Pool

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Sunday 22nd May.
Afternoon visit with Steve Burke.

Of note...
- Glossy Ibis 1 in same location as Friday.
- Avocet plenty about
- Ruff 2 in summer plumage
- Black-tailed Godwit 1
- Redshank few about
- Sedge Warbler 2
- Whitethroat 3

Also, a Great Black-backed Gull was patrolling round the Black-headed Gull colony, and was driven off by them and the Avocet. But unfortunately a large Herring Gull was also patrolling low over the colony, and despite being driven away twice, the colony dropped their guard and it snatched a Black-headed Gull chick and swallowed it whilst being driven off.

No sign of any Little Gulls whilst we were there despite a good scan round



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I had a few hours here today 3.30-6.30pm.

glossy ibis feeding & showing well from the small screen inbetween junction pool & nels hide.
2 little gulls still on pollys pool
lots avocets around
4 ruff were flying around a lot, when they did land they were a bit distant for a photo, but I did try.
2 little egrets
2 little grebe
plenty of sedge warbler around
2 reed warbler
shelducks, oystercatchers, lapwings
few black tailed godwit & redshank
lots of swifts around
also swallows & house martins.



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An hour visit this morning from 9:30-10:30, then went to Preston docks for the terms before coming back for half an hour around12:45:13:15

Glossy ibis- seen from hesketh road distantly around 13:00. Lifer
2 little gulls, seen from sandgrounders distantly before one came flying quite close in. It looked like it was about to land on one of the pools in front of the hide, but decided against it and flew off. Another lifer
3 sedge warbler
4 reed warbler
2 ruff in brilliant early stages of summer plumage
4 whitethroat

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Sandgrounders area

6:00 pm
1 Black Tern full summer plumage hawking low with gulls and swifts, very close in

2 juv Little Gulls also close, flying with the tern at times.

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RBA also reported:
- Golden Oriole on the golf course behind Stanley High School (before the golfers got there)
- Glossy Ibis behind the school, flew off (seen at exactly same time as Hesketh individual, apparently)
- 2 Garganey, 1 on either side of Marshside Road, viewed from public footpath
- 2 Little Gull on Polly's Pool (right name?)

and, amazingly, a Broad-Billed Sandpiper in the large flock of Dunlin, in the high-tide roost near the RSPB car-park, then flew off

Dipped on the whole lot of course. However, we parked 1/2 mile N of the RSPB where we scanned ~1000 Dunlin & 300 Ringed Plover for the Broad-Billed Sandpiper, without success. It's quite possible we missed it as many of the Dunlin were just out of scope range

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6th may, 4.30- 9pm

1 glossy ibis, eventually & distant, I was stood at junction pool scoping the area & the ibis was right down the far end near hesketh road. it was preening & there was a chap with a camera pointing it in the direction of the ibis so I thought it seems settled & thought I might as well take a walk down there & get a closer look but unfortunately it was gone when I got there & the chap with the camera, I scanned around but nowhere to be seen hmm
2 scaup, male & female showing well from junction pool.
2 little gull, feeding amongst the hundreds of black headed gulls on the pools near sandgrounders.
1 common sandpiper
40+ avocet
27 dunlin
lapwings, oystercatchers, shelducks, black tailed godwits & redshanks spread all around.
4 wigeon
tufted duck, shoveler, gadwall.
4 little grebe
2 wheatear
14+ sedge warbler
1 reed warbler
5 whitethroat
few swallows
3 house martin
several little egrets around.
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Called in very briefly as I was at Ainsdale today, and actually stopped short of the reserve at Hesketh Road corner. Here I watched a very showy Grasshopper Warbler which reeled so loudly even me, with hearing severely impaired by meningitis in my 20's, could hear it!! Breeding plumaged Black-tailed Godwits and Dunli were out on the wetland but I left before the arrival of a Glossy Ibis seen later! Never mind, I saw one in Wales over Easter!!



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A very excellent day with a superb 59 species found and with some usual suspects absent. Highlights include; 2 Scaup males with 1 female (found at the far southern tip viewpoint- opposite the golf course), Three white fronted geese (thanks to a fellow birder), male white wagtail, 4 Mediterranean gulls, and thanks to the high tide, 16 eider ducks was a major surprise and 3 Jack snipes.Also to note was Golden plover (most now in summer plumage), grey plover, avocet, great and lesser black backed gull, wheatear and pintail. Now on my way back to get something for tea.....

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After a family visit to Southport called in at Sandgrounders on the way home - plenty of Black-headed Gulls present, 10's of Black-tailed Godwits, lots in summer plumage, 2 Avocets, as well as Teal, Wigeon, Shoveler and Pintail.

On the marsh, in the wind:- Meadow Pipit, Great white Egret and Skylark singing. All of which brightened me up a little after attending my brother's funeral.



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10.30-15.00

Old Sand Works

1 Rock Pipit  

Several small flocks of Meadow Pipits were along the edge of the marsh, no sign of Skylarks though. 

8 Little Egrets were on the saltmarsh, and there are still large numbers of Pink Footed Geese feeding there too.

Sandgrounders

14 Avocets, 100+ Black Tailed Godwits, 2m Pochard, 2 Snipe, 10 Curlew and 6 Little Egrets. 

The Black Headed Gulls are noisily setting up their breeding colony again.

Nels

The marsh is 95% flooded, with masses of Wigeon, Shoveler, Teal and Pintail taking advantage of it.

Also there, 4 Little Grebes, 2m+1f Scaup, 16 Avocets, 3 Great Black Backed Gulls, 1 Buzzard (Only raptor seen) and 10 Curlew.

1 huge 2nd winter "Argentatus" was really bullying the other gulls.

The Scaup were at the Hesketh Road end associating with a group of Tufted Ducks. Cettis Warbler heard briefly by the screen on the path down to Nels.

 

 



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Great white egret on marsh near Nells. 36 avocets close to hide

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on route to marshside along the beach from the pier a small flock of gulls came from over the road from the direction of the marine lake & a stonking white winger was with them & flew over my head but was heading away from me towards the pier, I put it out as a adult Iceland gull from the pale mantle but forgot to judge the actual size of the bird to the others with it & it ended up flying away on its own, I did get the yellow bill but only briefly. I wasn't quick enough to get a pic either no

outer marsh..

800+ pink-footed geese
7 meadow pipit
5 skylark
1 little egret
8 ringed plover along the beach

nels hide..

31 avocet
1 ruff
5 snipe
hundreds of black tailed godwit
lapwing
teal
wigeon
shoveler
pintail
few redshank & shelduck

2 drake scaup from junction pool

sandgrounders hide...

1000+ golden plover
2 avocet
2 little egret
lapwing
teal
wigeon
shoveler
pintail
1 sparrowhawk
plus usuals around.

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11:45 - 1:15 - highlights
Hen Harrier (1) Female
Merlin (1) Female
Avocet (29)
Hen harrier was flying parallel with the car as I drove along the raised coast road from Preston (22 mph !) giving me great close views (it flew on the landward side of the road). It later showed in front of the hide.
2 Avocet has been seen earlier on the morning but were not present when I arrived. I stuck around to see if they would show only to be delighted with 29 birds suddenly dropping in.

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A very quick visit to Marshside RSPB due to lack of time produced 2 Great White Egrets out on the marshes from the Visitor Centre. The birds were as ever elusive at times when down in the ditches but showed well too, out in the open & in flight. I managed to show several visitors the birds through my scope, the unusual thing was that no-one had seen them yet as I entered the centre and one was out in the open, although quite a distance away!! Pintails were showing nicely in the nearest 'cut' of water to the centre, always a nice bird to see, the most elegant of ducks smile



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No sign of the 2 female Scaup from viewing platform, despite really hard search in cold wet weather

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Tues Jan 26th. 16.00 hrs.

With Ian Lyth.

Sheltering from the wind in Lillians hide.

Duck counts would be roughly the same as Shannons.
Pink-footed Goose over 1000.
Black-tailed Godwit and Lapwing well in the 1000's.
2 Great White Egret flew past at 16.45 as the light was fading.

Also 80+ Twite feeding on tide line between Marshside and Southport around 15.00 hrs.

A good day out with masses of birds and sound.

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Lovely day out here today. Sightings, with rough estimates of the larger numbers:

15 goldfinch
20+ linnet
4 skylark
200+ starling
40+ tufted duck
1,500+ teal
12 gadwall
200+ mallard
60+ shoveler
c40 pintail
2,000+ wigeon
24 shelduck
100s (probably 1000s) of pink-footed geese on the seaward side of the road, in the grass all the way from Southport to the path to the mudflats
Coot in reasonable numbers, 3 moorhen, 2 greylag geese, 30+ Canada geese, 2 mute swan
750+ golden plover
4,000+ lapwing
c3,000 black-tailed godwit
Redshank amongst them; I probably noted 15 or so feeding close to the path or flying in to join the main flock, but undoubtedly more
4 curlew
Herring gull, black-headed gull
2 great black-backed gull (causing much panic amongst the lapwings and golden plover)
5+ little egret (others flying over later on)
1 grey heron
1 (perhaps 2) kestrel

Apparently a few scaup about, but I didn't see them.

A few hundred (perhaps 1,000) oystercatcher, 50 or so cormorant, several shelduck and a curlew heard were those birds that were close enough to identify on the mudflats at high tide; very distant wader flocks to be seen in flight from here, too, doing their thing, but too distant to identify to species.

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Day out with the LOS... 1 great white egret 2,000 black tailed gotwit 100 golden plover 8 redshank Big numbers of wigeon, teal and pintail Little egret Curlew

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Highlights:

Goldeneye 1f.
Tufted Duck 1f.
Gadwall 1f.
Little Egret 1
Peregrine 1
Black-tailed Godwits
Redshanks
Lapwings
Golden Plovers
Pintails
Wigeons
Teal(s)
Shovelers
Cormorants
Pink-footed Geese
Curlews
etc...Thousands of birds made a great Winter spectacle, even if it was a touch breezy.

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Wednesday 23rd of December 2015 06:15:49 PM

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9.30-11.30 with High Peak rspb. Highlights :

Ross's Goose

Merlin

2 Peregrine Falcon

Sparrowhawk

Goldeneye

2 Reed Bunting

Huge wader flocks out towards the sea throwing their shapes.



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here all day.

sandgrounders hide..

many thousands of ducks spread all around here which was very nice to see, majority being wigeon & teal amongst them was also...
shoveler
mallard
gadwall
no signs of any pintail here
lapwing
golden plover
black tailed godwit
redshank
curlew
5 ruff
2 great black backed gull
thousands of geese also majority pink footed geese also...
2 white-fronted geese
Canada geese
greylag geese
and the ross's goose

nells hide..

again thousands of ducks majority wigeon & teal amongst them big numbers of..
pintail
shoveler
gadwall
mallard
hundreds of black tailed godwit & lapwing
few redshank
1 snipe
12 tufted duck from junction screen.

crossens outer marsh..

big numbers of pink footed geese
1 marsh harrier
2 peregrine falcon, 1 a juvenile with kill getting some harassment from a merlin
2-3 merlin
2 great white egret
6 little egret
1 stonechat

plus all usuals around



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-- Edited by steven burke on Sunday 6th of December 2015 08:00:02 PM

-- Edited by steven burke on Sunday 6th of December 2015 08:03:19 PM

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24th Monday from 09.00 to 10.30 - my first drop in to Marshside for many months.

The landscape and maintenance work at Sandgrounders Hide has apparently resulted in sparse bird life there for a while but it is good to see it "bedding in" and becoming more populated again. The predator fence seems like an excellent idea! There was a very nice Ross's Goose swimming with the Mallard and looking much the same size.

En route to Nel's, and not enjoying the morning traffic passing, I glance over the marsh an just caught the spectacular sight of a female Merlin catching a small bird in midair, and flying off with it for breakfast. And all in full view of the morning commute, if anybody had been looking!

I estimated at least 1500 Black Tailed Godwit from Nel's Hide - they were going up in clouds every time something spooked them. An amazing sight.
Otherwise nothing massivley unusual to report but I was en route somewhere else so didn't spend a vast amount of time at Nel's.
Good views of Shoveler, Pintail, Teal, Moorhen, Lapwing, Mute Swan, Curlew.

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10.00-14.00 (Visibility not that good until noon when the mist lifted)

Old Sandworks Compound

This has changed a lot since my last visit, the bank on the NW corner as gone, so to have the elder bushes which often had Red Buntings and Linnets on them.

Dismayed by this, my spirits were soon lifted when a Short Eared Owl flew over from Sandgrounders and started hunting over the saltmarsh only a few yards away.

One of  the pools on Outer Marsh viewable from Marine Drive held a single Great White Egret, whilst close-by 2 Little Egrets had quite a nasty aerial fight.

8 Little Egrets in total were dotted around the inner and outer marshes.  

A female Merlin had a lucky escape when chased off the saltmarsh by a gull, she flew low over Marine Drive and missed being hit by a car by only a few feet.

The sheep pasture on the out marsh appears to have been recently flooded, and attracted masses of Wigeon and Lapwings, and with them was a single Ruff.

On the inner marsh amongst large numbers of Wigeon and Black Tailed Godwits was a single Curlew. 

A Kestrel hunted the bank near Nels Hide. Whilst in front of the hide amongst the Teal, Wigeon and Shoveler were 14 drake Pintails with just 3 females.

 

 

 



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Late post for yesterday (27th) walk from main car park north along road with kids and although we had missed the tide, still productive.

singles of Merlin and Peregrine, 3 Marsh Harrier, small numbers of Pintail, 28+Little Egret, large flocks of Skylark, Linnet and Meadow pipit. Best of all though Great White Egret, asleep on cow field at North end with 3 Little egret, a new species for my self found list!

and both kids enjoyed it too ( might even be able to talk them in to going back when the tide is right!)



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