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Dawlish Drive End, 6pm ish:
1 Spoonbill
12+ Avocet
Numerous BT Godwits

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Spoonbill again present this a.m. along with lots of Avocets.
Cheers Ian

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With news that the Spoonbill had started to be seen occasionally I decided to give it another go. So off I popped this afternoon, Marshside only being 45 miles away from my house. A quick scan of the marsh from the Dawlish Drive side revealed the Spoonbill actively feeding but pretty distant. Two flights later & it was feeding just a few metres away in the nearest creek. This allowed me to get the digiscoped shots that I had come for & to get my best ever shots of Spoonbill in th UK. This immature bird showed exceptionally well for a long period & then flew off to a distant creek again. It is obviously doing a circuit of the creeks and if it is on these marshes it is pretty easy to spot from the side of the marsh that I was on. The only down side was that I had to shed my gloves to digiscope & I ended up with excruciating pain in my hands due to the cold, they didn't go numb they just hurt to the point of agony!!! I now sympathise totally with poor Ranulph Fiennes on his recent expedition as his suffering must have been another notch up & I don't know how he stood the pain!!

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Thursday 21st March on Tacho break.

Visitor Centre Hide. Vast numbers of Wigeon everywhere you looked (probably in the hundreds), Avocets in close view
(~25-30), Black Tailed Godwits (~20), flock of Skylark doing a tour of the marsh (~25), small flock of Meadow Pipits, 1 Redshank, few pairs of Gadwall, 2 Curlew flying round the reserve, a few Pintail and Teal, countless Black Headed Gulls, Lesser Black Backed Gulls present.

Nel's Hide. High number of Wigeon, some Pintail and Teal, probably ~100+ Golden Plover with a large flock of Lapwing. Avocet ~20-25, high number of Black Headed Gulls, 2 Geese at distance, dark hue plumage especially on rump giving a high contrast with the tail resembled Bean but bill was quite large and broad so probably Greylag Geese.
Gull of note bathing, large and was quite pale grey compared to Lesser Black Backed, it lifted up off the water a couple of times but legs were in shadow so can only put it down to Herring Gull.

Mute Swan, Mallard, Coot, Moorhen and a large flock of Starlings made up the numbers

-- Edited by Rob Creek on Saturday 23rd of March 2013 11:25:55 AM

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Popped over to Marshside today for the day. A real changeable day weatherwise with some sun, a bit of drizzle and coldish winds, typical Marshside really. Spent lots of time on the far side footpath but despite lengthy searching by me & several other birders the Spoonbill wasn't on show at all - almost ceratinly not on the reserve today, at least between 8am and 4pm as the whole area was watched constantly during this time & even a skulky ditch dweller would have showed briefly once in 8 hours!! There were at least 20 Avocets, some showing down to a couple of metres from the visitor centre. Over 500 Golden Plovers wheeled over the marsh and many showed full summer plumage, stunning. At 8am 5 Whooper Swans flew east over the reserve and there were still q.a few Pink-footed Geese on the outer marsh. Black-tailed Godwits numbered over 50 and Little Egrest were in double figures. A search around the sand plant & a scan of all the grassy areas of the reserve only produced Pied Wagtails & Meadow Pipits with a few Skylarks, none of the hoped for Wheatears or White Wagtails. Finally a Chiffchaff was in full song, probably wondering why he had left warmer climes behind!!

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Late post for Saturday -

This was the lowest I'd ever seen the tide in many visits - there were plenty of birds out there but I could only get so far,
Walking from the station on the beach produced odd Oystercatcher, Redshanks and Teals.

The reserve had - 1 Little Egret, 1 Spoonbill (distant and brief scope-aided views, it's a ditch dweller!) 10 Avocets ( from Nel's); some Redshanks, Oystercatchers, Pintails, Shelducks, Shovelers, Tufted Ducks, Pochards (for once here!), Black Tailed Godwits, Teals, 5 Little Grebes (2 x pairs from Nel's, 1 at the platform) 100+ Golden Plover.

I went over to the sandworks and stayed for 3 hours, including a venture out to along the saltmarsh. Whne I got there I stood on the raised rubble walls and could see a low raptor following the beach line before dropping down - looked to be the Merlin as it was on a dead tree on the marsh later. A Kestrel hovered over the sandworks, and 3 Reed Buntings put in an appearance, but there was nothing like the single Wheatear (reported around in the week) or Stonechat (2 reported midweek) and certainly not the Hen Harrier and Short Eared Owl (seen that day) there was the constant buzz of Meadow Pipit and Skylarks. Also,

More Redshanks, Black Tailed Godwit, Curlews, Shelducks, 2 Little Egret, 700+ Pink Footed Goose (mostly over and on the marsh)

All in all a pleasant day






-- Edited by John Doherty on Tuesday 19th of March 2013 08:12:39 AM

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10-6pm 55 species seen.

Along the beach towards marshside, good numbers of...

Knot
Dunlin
Bar tailed godwit
Oystercatcher
Redshank
Grey plover
Ringed plover (several)
Lots of curlew & shelduck.
Only birds off prey..
1 merlin
1 kestrel
Meadow pipit, skylark & linnet.
Hundreds pink footed goose coming in to roost on crossens out marsh late on.

Very quiet at sandgrousers, all usual wildfowl inc..
4 little egret
2 little grebe

Nels hide...

200+ golden plover
300+ black tailed godwit
8 oystercatcher
9 snipe
7 redshank
2 dunlin
1 little grebe
Plus usual pintail, teal, shoveler, tufted duck, wigeon, pochard & gadwall.
Stayed in Nels to watch the egrets go to roost, 26 little egrets passed, no signs of great white egret but a nice surprise was a spoonbill
Cold but good day out

2 avocets reported on 19th, none today.




-- Edited by steven burke on Saturday 23rd of February 2013 10:51:48 PM

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I must have seen you there Pat, I was viewing the Long Tail from about 15.30-16.00. I put in a couple of hours scanning around lunchtime, but the duck was hidden in the reeds.

Amazing how illusive this female Long Tailed Duck is, the last time I came across one was a male that spent several weeks at Inner Marsh about a decade ago, and he spent

much of time in open water.

No sign of returning Avocets yet, but a pair of Oystercatchers seem to be settling down on the small island at Sandgrounders, Black Headed Gulls are property viewing here too.

There's little to add to Ian's report, the sheer numbers of Wigeon is amazing though. Lots of Shoveler and Pintail too, and most seem paired.

The high water level at Nels is great for ducks, but may make wader viewing difficult now they're starting to move.

The only Pink Footed Geese I could find were a couple of small groups on Crossens Out Marsh, lots of Greylags mixed in with the Canadas though.

A single Yellowhammer and a pair of Grey Partridges were on the old sand works.

A female Merlin and a Buzzard were sat on fence posts at Crossens. 5 Little Egrets here too, and I'm pretty sure a large lankier one way out on the estuary was the Great White.

Another female Merlin was sat on a dead tree stump on the salt marsh opposite Nels, a female Kestrel around here too.

A small group of Skylarks were showing really well just below Marine Drive opposite Nels, if only I'd have brought my camera some cracking photos could of been had.

A group of 15 Curlew were showing really well from the bench at the Hesketh Road end. More Curlew, with Redshank and lots of Black Tailed Godwits around Sandgrounders.

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3.30-4.50pm
Female Long-tailed duck seen from RSPB viewing platform on Hesketh Road.

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Over 1000 each of widgeon and teal as well as shoveler, pintail, shelduck tufted duck, little grebe, little egret, snipe, oystercatcher, curlew, blacktailed godwit, redshank, dunlin snipe common sandpiper, skylark, meadow pipit, pied wagtail flock and other i have missed.

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Great White Egret distant views from marshside with lots of little Egrets too, just up the road at weld road at the roundabout with the horse and cart, on the beach here 50-60 Twite showing really well

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A good day out with Leigh Ornithological Society to Marshside RSPB produced a variety of birds, starting with a Buzzard in the trees on the approach road from Southport Town Centre.

A Spoonbill was showing well from Marshside Road along with several Little Egrets, although it would disappear down the ditches and streams quite often which made distinguishing it from the Egrets difficult at times Lots of Wigeon, Teal and Lapwing were also in the fields too as well as a single pair of Greylag Geese and a large flock of Canada Geese.

From inside Sandgrounder's Hide, the Great White Egret could be seen on the left side of the reserve, along with a few Black-tailed Godwits and more Wigeon and Teal. Two Little Grebes popped up in front of the hide here.

From Nel's Hide Shoveler, Pintails, Golden Plover, Tufted Duck, Coot, Moorhen and Carrion Crows could be seen, with a Robin and a pair of Dunnocks along the path to the hide. A Peregrine Falcon was also seen perched on a dead trunk out on the salt marsh.

Out on the Sand Haul Road the high tide didn't come in as quickly as last time I was here (when it was quickly surrounded my wellies) due to the lack of wind, but eventually a lot of the Marsh was flooded. The only raptors were distant views of a Peregrine Falcon and a Merlin. Several flocks of Pink-footed Geese flew over as well as a few Redshank and Curlews, but hardly any Oystercatchers or Knot. There were also several Shelduck, Great Black-backed Gulls and Herring Gulls. A large flow of Meadow Pipits with some Skylarks was flying around the road and landing in quite large numbers at times. We didn't see any Twite.

On the Marine Lake on the way home I had good close views of three Cormorants and a single female Goldeneye as well as the usual Coots, Moorhens, Mute Swans and various Gulls.

I think that's everything - this area rarely disappoints me.

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Had a small family outing to Southport today which just so happened to coincide with the high tide. Whilst having our lunch in the car just south of Marshside I could see a small flock of finches/buntings flying around just beyond the sea wall. Grabbed the bins and went over to investigate and was delighted to find about 30 Twite happily feeding on the shoreline. I had heard these birds are sometimes present during the winter here but a nice find all the same.

Also present was a female Scaup that was associating with some Shelduck just offshore. At one point I even had some Twite and the Scaup in one binocular view.

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Visit this a.m., excellent morning with huge numbers of all the following; Wigeon, Teal, Black-tailed Godwit, Pink-footed Goose, Knot, Dunlin, Golden Plover, Shellduck; lots of Pintail, Shoveler, Gadwall, Redshank, Curlew. Also saw 2 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 5 Little Egret. Followed advice of a volunteer and near Hesketh Out Marsh saw over 100 Whooper Swan but best was 2 Bewick Swan.
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12.00-15.00

Old Sand Plant

A flock of 36 Goldfinches and a single Wren that seems to moving around with them.

Sandgrounders

Masses of Teal, Wigeon, Shoveler, Lapwing etc. Also plenty of geese, mainly Canadas and Pink Footed plus 20+ Greylags.

50+ Black Tailed Godwits, 6 Little Egrets, 9 Pintails plus a couple of adult Great Black Backed gulls that frequently spooked everything smaller than a goose.

A quick scan across Crossens Outer Marsh (before the heavens opened) revealed masses of Pink Footed Geese, with skein after skein flying in from the direction of Hesketh Bank.

2 Little Egrets on the outer marsh plus a brief glimpse of a big white dot that I'm pretty sure was their bigger cousin, before it disappeared into a gulley.

I checked every post and perch on the Outer Marsh and not a single raptor to be seen anywhere.

It was pouring down so I did'nt check the junction pool for long, but a very brief scan only found a few Coot and Black Headed Gulls.

Nels Hide

40+ Pintail, 10 Pochard, 1 Redshank, 7 Shelduck and 20+ Tufted Ducks plus the usual masses of Wigeon ,Teal and Shoveler.

1 adult Great Black Back with about a dozen Herring Gulls. I checked through the masses of Teal from both hides but no sign of the Green Winged.





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Second visit in a week, this one for high-tide today.

From the train in fields past Burscough Bridge - 8 Whooper Swans

Marsh/Beach inward - 1 Oystercatcher, a few Redshank, 2 Peregrines hunting plenty of Curlew and Shelduck

Reserve -
All the usual waterfowl, plenty of it. Golf course at the bottom end had a Little Egret and 70 Pink-footed Goose on it, obviously before tee off, 1 Little Egret was on the further bit towards Crossen Inner Marsh, plus some Black-Tailed Godwits were present.

Highlights from high-tide, mainly round the sandworks -
Lots of Meadow-Pipits and Skylarks; Redshank, Shelduck, Pink-Footed Goose, 3 or so further Little Egret, also 1 Female Merlin.
Also usual stuff, surely some Dunlin in the big flocks which were being spooked) Someone I chatted with had a Grey Plover out there.

Marsh on way back to pier - Common Buzzard, had it inbound, too.

I think it was 3 or 4 Spoonbills had been reported in the log at Sandgrounders - they were at the marina/marsh - tried to latch on to them but no sign, would have been a first for me. Did get a pair of Oystercatcher here though.

A top day out, even if there were no owls






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Great day out to Marshside after a long week - the weather starting off showery, but clearing to leave the stunning sight of a rainbow streaming down onto that horizonless marsh!

From the train past Burscough I always see something interesting - inbound, it was 100-150 Pink-footed Geese; but better than that, coming back home there were 80 or more Whooper Swans on the farmland - only ever seen that single juve at Elton so that was a sight for me!

At Southport, almost the first birds I clapped eyes on was a lifer - a flock of 80 Twite up near the pier and favouring the debris where the tideline would have been.
The marsh also had Curlews, Shelducks and several Goldfinch flocks, and there were 8+ Little Egret along its length, mainly lone birds.
The reserve had the usual suspects - Wigeon dominated all other waterfowl counts, with some Pintails, Teals, Shovelers etc in.
The waders were Black-tailed Godwit (100+) a few Redshanks for show

A Kestrel was hunting from the sewage works

Smashing day with many highlights

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Had a quick visit to Marshside this afternoon after visiting family on Merseyside. The highlight had to be watching the big flocks of Knott, from the peace and quite of the marsh edge - very reflective.

Also of interest a juvenile Scaup from Sandgrounders hide.

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Shoreline with large flocks Oystercatcher Redshank, Dunlin Knots and Sanderlings Shelduck several Curlew, Little Egret and Skylark.
from the hides viewng points lots of water Kestrel, Loads of Wigeon, Pintail, Teal, Shoveler, Gadwall Lapwings Black-Tailed Godwits, more Shelduck Greylag Geese and reports of a spoonbill earlier last week

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Sunday 2nd of December 2012 04:52:24 PM

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Today - the main highlight was constant geese movement in the dim skies over - near a couple of thousand, mainly Pink-Footed Goose, but some Greylag flocks - 600 PF alone flew out towards Blackpool as I was leaving, with many (Pink-footed Geese) scattered on the beach - Also plenty on the reserve itself.

Highlights - Little Grebe (Marina)
6 Little Egret (beach) plenty of Shelduck on the foreshore, too.

Main reserve - Lots of Wigeon, Shoveler, Teal, some Pintails, odd Gadwalls, odd Curlews/possibly Whimbrel, 100+ Black-tailed Godwits
Crossen Inner Marsh - 1 Little Egret

Outmarsh - Little Egret 16 (probably inclusive of the six from the beach earlier) some Redshank (10)
1 Hunting Kestrel prevented a raptor whitewash
Goldfinch flock was just that - sadly no Brambling or Siskin



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Called in on way back from Leighton main action was on shore but two Reed Warblers and widgeon in addition to similar as last sightings at Nells Blue-Winged Teal not reported by birders today
Most action on Shoreline with at least 1000 Pink-Footed Geese in a huge number of groups moving onto the mud flats from the fields and further afield. Huge flocks of mixed waders Black-Tailed Godwit, Redshank, Grey Plover, Ringed Plover, Curlew, Dunlin, Greenshank, Snipe, sure Whimbrel, Oystercatcher, Common Sandpiper, large stands of Knots and Sanderlings Shelduck lapwing thousands of birds an tons of mud.

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First visit

went to viewing platform and a number of birders with good scopes were pointing out the blue-winged teal on the basis of the white face mark.
Went to Nells as I wanted to see more
Hundreds of Redshank, loads of Shoveler and Teal, Little Grebes, Little Egret, Black-tailed Godwit, in the fields Curlew, Lapwing, Pink-footed Geese

Road between the Hides going east Little Egret in a ditch about 10 metres away and a Merlin flushed from hedge

Sound Grounders hide a very chatty chap and not much else

Sea Shore/salt marsh
100 Pink-footed Geese, 50 Shelduck 50 Oystercatcher, flushed Snipe, Many Groups of Ringed Plover, Curlew, Dunlin, Knot, Redshank, Bar Tailed Godwit, Lapwing, Cormorant Lesser and Greater Black-backed Gulls, more Little Egret, Swallow, House Martin, one skylark, flock of goldfinch lots of meadow pipits.

and down towards the pier several large clouds of waders moving about.

Top site don't miss the seashore but take your wellies.

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Thursday 20th of September 2012 08:15:54 PM

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The Blue-winged Teal was seen again today on Junction Pool at 4pm, sorry it went missing yesterday, Martyn

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I had a great day out at Marshside today on one of the RSPB's Big Tide Walks. Here's a rundown of what I saw:

The Sand Road
1 Kestrel
Loads of Swallows in the air, and a large group of at least 25 on the ground
Five or six Little Egrets
Lots of Oystercatchers, Shelduck, Curlews and Cormorants in a continual flypast as the tide rolled in
Fantastic views of several Dunlin and Knot on the ground (down to just 2 metres)
Many Ringed Plovers which were a lot more skittish
Several Skylarks and Meadow Pipits
2 Carrion Crows
2 Grey Herons
Many Gulls quartering the marsh for flushed rodents
Many distant swirling 'clouds' of Starlings and Dunlin

A sight that I've never seen before was that of a large mixed group of Starlings and Swallows (50-ish birds in total) flying low above the marsh vegetation, presumably to flush insects? When the Swallows had flown about 10 metres they'd veer up into the air and fly back to the start of the party and begin again. The whole flock thus slowly rolled forward down the marsh - stunning teamwork which I'd be interested to hear more about if anyone knows of this behaviour.

Soundgrounders Hide
Coffee and not much else

Nel's Hide
Lots of Black-tailed Godwits
1 Little Grebe
2 Pink-footed Geese Over
1 Redshank
1 Sparrowhawk which flew straight across the hide window
2 Little Egrets
1 Grey Heron
1 Canada Goose
Some Teal (none of the blue-winged variety though)
Several Shovelers (males starting to get winter plumage)
2 Mute Swans
Several Mallards
Many Coots
2 Moorhens
Loads of House Martins skimming the water
1 Lesser Black-backed Gull

I can thoroughly recommend the Marshside area (if not always Soundgrounders Hide) for a day out that has never disappointed me.

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Spoke to a mate who lives locally just after the pager report. He confirmed the bird was a Blue-winged Teal, most likely a female or juvenile bird (imm male mooted on a local blog). It was watched in poor conditions, squally rain, but was not present a short time later and as of 8.30am today there was still no sign. Definitely one to keep an eye out for over the next few days as it could well settle down with the local ducks

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Blue Winged Teal reported on Junction Pool from late Sunday (16th) morning

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15.00-18.00

Old Sand Plant

1 Wheatear

Viewable from Sandgrounders

Work was being carried out on this section of marsh so there were few birds about.

600+ Pink Footed Geese arrived in a procession of skeins, but then dispersed to the outer marsh.

Outer Marsh (Crossons)

6 Little Egrets, 1 female Marsh Harrier, 6 Curlew plus usual gulls, Starlings etc.

Viewable from Nels

540 Black Tailed Godwits, 12 Snipe, 3 Golden Plover, 3 Little Grebes, 1 female Sparrowhawk plus the usual waterfowl and gulls.

Throughout there was a steady stream of Swallows and House Martins moving South, with them were 3 Sand Martins



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JOHN TYMON wrote:

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Dead zone? Early September

I'm kinda with John on this one though and the use of a nice JCB to enlarge the scrape in front of the hide wouldn't go a miss





Just what I was thinking a lot of dry grassy areas around sandgrounder that could be made into a massive scrape,then we would see how many Avocets would breed in one area.Its a shame to have an area so close to all those waders with 1 moorhen in the whole area today,and with petrol prices the way they are going ,they need to do something to persuade people to travel,and for the time being its off my list.I would rather go to Ainsdale and see thousands of waders .



good ideas chaps im just anticipating the return of the wildfowl ,cant wait, It wont be long now

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Ian McKerchar wrote:

Dead zone? Early September

I'm kinda with John on this one though and the use of a nice JCB to enlarge the scrape in front of the hide wouldn't go a miss





Just what I was thinking a lot of dry grassy areas around sandgrounder that could be made into a massive scrape,then we would see how many Avocets would breed in one area.Its a shame to have an area so close to all those waders with 1 moorhen in the whole area today,and with petrol prices the way they are going ,they need to do something to persuade people to travel,and for the time being its off my list.I would rather go to Ainsdale and see thousands of waders .

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Dead zone? Early September

I'm kinda with John on this one though and the use of a nice JCB to enlarge the scrape in front of the hide wouldn't go a miss

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To be fair John we are in the dead zone bring on the wildfowl ducks and geese and the place comes alive again not be long now.





It was alive Just not at sandgrounders,on the shore there was thousands of waders :)

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I'm sure that Sandgrounders hide exists so folk can watch the breeding Avocets - and what a sight it is too

But couldn't agree more with John with regard to the website T'internet's full of sites that haven't been updated since somebody got bored with what they once thought was a good idea

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To be fair John we are in the dead zone bring on the wildfowl ducks and geese and the place comes alive again not be long now.

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Black Tailed Godwit-c1000
Redshank-25+
Little Egret-8

Sandgrounders
Nowt-its in need of a re-vamp for me,whats the point of a visitors centre with nothing at the front of it,you look on the rspb website for recent sightings and Get feb 27thyep thats fairly recent,says it all really,If the rspb can't be bothered why should anyone else.

Out on the shore
Thousands of Knot,Dunlin,Bar Tailed godwit



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Visit this a.m.
On shore 5 Summer plumage Grey Plover, 30 Little Egret and 2 Wheatear of note.
From Nells had female Garganey, 50 Snipe, 100's Black-tailed Godwit, 10+ Ruff, 15 Redshank but no sign of Pectoral Sandpiper.
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I was there earlier on saturday morning and there were a number of warblers immediately in front of Nels hide. A bonus for me was to see a water vole (again just below the hide). A grand mornin'.

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Late report from Saturday 18th 4pm - 6.30pm

Nel's Hide-
Went on the off chance that the Pectoral Sandpiper might still be about. It had been reported earlier in the day and after an hour of searching, it obligingly stepped out from behing a group of Godwits. Cracking little bird, showing really well in perfect, sunny conditions . Thanks very much to the couple who highlighted the key ID features for me.
Also at Nel's were:
c250 Black-Tailed Godwit
5 Curlew
20 Lapwing
8-10 Ruff (with very varied sizes and plumage)
2 Snipe
1 Golden Plover (winter plumage)
1 Kestrel - put up a group of around 200 Starlings
Mixed group of Swallows and House Martins
12 Greylags
3 Shoveler
1 Gadwall

Sandgrounder's Hide-
The water levels were very high and there wasn't much about
1 Merlin hunting in the distance
2 Little Egrets
2 Canada Geese
2 Shoveler
Several Mallards, Tufted Duck & Coots.
1 Meadow Pipit

In farmland around Snape Green-
1 Corn Bunting
2 Reed Bunting
1 Yellow Wagtail
2 large Goldfinch flocks
3 Greenfinch

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Visit last night 7.00-9.20 mainly around nel's hide:

Went looking for the pectoral sandpiper without any joy.around 8.30 a female Merlin came in over the top of the hide and flew low over the marsh and disappeared out of site.next minute it reappeared chasing a pipit next to the bank I was stood on!not sure of the outcome but it made up for dipping on the sandpiper.other birds present included:
11 little egret
c150 black tailed godwit
9 ruff
3 snipe
7 curlew
100+ lapwing
c80 greylag


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Late report for Tuesday 19 June

The Sand Road (leading to the beach)
A single Ringed Plover
Skylarks
Swift
House Martins
Kestrel
Meadow Pipits
Black-headed Gulls

Sandgrounder's Hide
Black-tailed Godwits (some getting summer plumage)
A single Avocet
Shelduck and two juveniles, plus two other juveniles around
Black-headed Gulls, chicks and juveniles

Nel's Hide
Oystercatcher pair sitting on three eggs
Avocets and juveniles
Shelduck (lots)
Lapwing
Redshank pair
Large Mallard family
A single male Shoveler
Mute Swan
A Gadwall pair
A single male Wigeon (left behind)
Sedge Warbler
A gorgeous whitish duck with a brown cap - perhaps a hybrid?

UPDATE: After checking my books I'd just decided it was probably an escaped female Red-crested Pochard when Ian PM'd me to confirm that it definitely had a lot of Red-crested Pochard in it, and it may be a leucistic or hybrid with a white duck. Thanks Ian, either way it's a lovely bird.

Some photos on my blog.

-- Edited by Martyn Jones on Friday 22nd of June 2012 09:25:38 AM

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My first visit here since 1998!
There's been a lot of changes since then. The habitat in front of the hides is excellent and gives really good photographic opportunities.

Highlights were;
Nels Hide:
Avocets + chicks
Oystercatcher on eggs
Redshank
Shoveler

Sandgrounders Hide:
Garganey pair
Approx 25 Black-tailed Godwits
Shelduck with young
More Avocets
many, many Black-headed Gulls with chicks

If anyone's interested there's a couple of photos at flickr taken with my Canon 450D with 250mm lens.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/52461798@N02/


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09.00-11.00

Nels Hide

14 Avocet chicks (3 almost size of adults),16 Greylag Geese (single flock),

1 moulting Pintail (m), 1 Wigeon (m) and 3 Shoveler (m).

A pair of Oystercatchers just wandering around their nest looking at the

eggs, one made a brief attempt to brood but then it got up and stood

around looking aimless again with its mate.

Sandgrounders

3 Common Gulls and 4 Black Tailed Godwits.

Lots of Black Headed gull chicks, most grown to the size of adults,

crowded with their parents on the small island on Sandgrounders pool.

Old Sand Plant

1 Kestrel (m), a large flock of Starling 300+ swirling around the bushy area

near the car park, and handful of Meadow Pipits.

6 Common Blue butterflies flying around the clumps of Trefoil.



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PM-With Charlie Owen
Only things of real note this aft was good numbers of young Avocets for once,front of Nels.
25 black tailed Godwit
1 Distant Wood Sandpiper -apparently(I only had bins-it was a dot in the distance)
Loads of swift
and plenty Dunlin and Knot along the tideline.


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3 Black Terns present from Nels Hide early evening on saturday

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Nels Hide

2 Curlew Sandpipers with 25 Dunlin, 2 little Avocet chicks with parents,

20 Avocet (adults), 6 Gadwell, 1 Ringed Plover,

19 Black Tailed Godwits, 2 Little Grebe plus usual Redshank etc.

Old sand plant

1m+1f Wheatear, 6 Skylark, 100+ Starling highly vocal in bushes near car

park.

Sandgrounders area

3 Common Whitethroat, 1 Dunlin, 12 Greylag Geese

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Spent from 9am to 6pm down here, wish it could have been longer.

9am -

Marina - Kestrel
Beach - Couple of Oystercatchers and hundreds of Ringed Plover and Dunlins
Marsh towards reserve - First ever Winchat

I took the route behind the reserve then, adjacent to the golf course) Saw lots of Swifts and picked up plenty of Warblers.

Hesketh Out Marsh -
Reed Warbler, fleetingly (at the start of the path in reeds)
1 Avocet
1 Little Egret
1 Likely Corn Bunting

Back to Marshside RSPB:

Pool near Sand works - Two Redshanks and Four Black-Tailed Godwit
Sandgrounders Hide - Couple of Avocet, plus the usuals, never stay long here.

Nel's:

Brought the Avocet numbers to around 40 through the whole reserve, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank (well pleased), Handfuls of Wigeon, Teal, Shoveler and Oystercatcher, 50ish Dunlins, quite a few Redshanks and Black-tailed Godwits around, a flyover raptor too quick into the sun (someone speculted Peregrine) lots of Swans

Beside Platform going home - Singing Reed Warbler

Plus to top it off a Male Wheatear on the Marsh :=)



-- Edited by John Doherty on Saturday 12th of May 2012 10:03:39 PM

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Marshside 09.00-12.00

Old sand plant

6 Wheatear (all but one look to be bigger Greenlands), 6 Skylark ,4 Linnet,

3 Goldfinch, 6+Meadow Pipit.

Roadside bushes/scrub north of sandgrouders hide

3 Sedge Warbler 1 Whitethroat 6 Linnet 1 Kestrel

Crossens Marsh

3 Wheatear, 4 tiny young with one of the many Lapwing, 3 GBB Gulls on

patrol, 2 Brown Hares.

Area around sandgrounders

wall to wall BH Gulls.

Nels Hide - Junction Pool

28 Avocet, 40 Mute swans ( flock of 10 flew in from South) 2 Wheatear

3 Shoveler 2f 1m Wigeon 10 Gadwell 1m Teal 2 Reed Warbler.

Beach end of the old stone road

10 Grey Plover with Dunlin & Ringed Plover

Steady stream of northbound Swallows, House Martins 7 Swifts all morning

At one point on my tour I noticed a Wheatear visiting a rabbit burrow

several times.


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I spent a sunny but windy afternnoon at Marshside yesterday. Not an awful lot about but I did see the following:

Nells Hide
1 Garganey (lifer)
8 Avocets in danger of being swept away due to very high water levels
2 Wheatear on far bank
2 Little Grebe
2 Redshank
Shoveler (m and f pair)
Many Shelduck with a couple of fights between males
Also Mute Swans, Lapwing and the more usuals

Sandgrounder's Hide
Black-headed Gull city, mainly on the ground
1 Avocet
Fewer of the usuals here

Sandworks
3 Wheatear and could be more
1 Whitethroat
1 Willow Warbler heard

Beach/Marshes
2 Oystercatchers
4 Mallard
Several Skylarks singing up high and dropping to ground
1 Meadow Pipit
1 possible Stonechat
Lots of Swallows and House Martins passing through

1 Great Black-backed Gull ripping a bird carcass to bits
1 Kestrel over

Not many raptors around, probably too windy and I saw surprisingly few Godwits





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Pleasant afternoon here

Little Stint
30+ Avocet
180 Golden Plover (some in breeding plumage)
40+ Ruff - some of the males looking very splendid
1000+ Dunlin flew along beach
200 Black-tailed Godwit
12 Wigeon
15 Gadwall
4 Shoveler
2nd Summer Med Gull
2 Little Egret
Imm Peregrine - putting everything up

Small numbers of Meadow Pipits and Swallows moving over


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Hi -

I had a good omen from the train when I saw a nice clutch of six Shelduck in a field past Burscough Bridge station.

I kicked off today at ten o clock at the Marina, which yielded a single Little Egret in the roost. A single Oystercatcher flew across calling.

I the made it to the main Marshside reserve on foot, picking up a few Golden Plover on the beach en route.

From the viewing platform on the reserve I had my one and only lifer of the day, a female Merlin , which was sat on the reserve near Nell's hide. I also heard a Chiffchaff here.
I had many Redshank and Shelduck to start me off, plus a few Wigeon.
Nell's itself produced 22 Avocet in a nice group, plus small numbers of Shovelers, Teal, Wigeon, and Pintail, Lapwing etc etc and lots of Shelduck and Redshank. I saw some courting action between some Mute Swans too.
I didn't stop for long at all at Sandgrouser's, but there were a further 8 Avocets and 2 Curlews, plus the usual stuff, and about 5 Tufted Ducks.
Crossen's Inner Marsh had 2 Oystercatchers.

Crossen's Outer Marsh was braced by a cold wind. I was limited by only having binoculars as I know there is a lot of stuff out there.
I walked all the way to Crossen's Pool -
I was rewarded with: 1 Kestrel, which circled the marsh before thinking twice about hunting. Also - a lone Pink Footed Goose, 10 Little Egret, loads of Shelducks and Redshanks, and a handful each of Oystercatchers and Black-Tailed Godwit.

When I returned to the Inner Marsh I had two Oystercacthers and there were good numbers of Black-tailed Godwit, plus 1 Hare! The Redshank and Shelduck numbers held strong, and there were loads of waterfowl. Also there was a handful of Pink-Footed Geese (5), plus 2 Pied Wagtails.

I made my way to Nell's (I was the only one in the hide) and the Avocets could not be seen, but two flocks of Golden Plover were there (80 collectively) 1 Little Grebe, plus the same stuff from last time, minus the Shovelers.

I caught up with them (c12) at the platform when it was time to call it a draw. There were lots of Redshank around, as there had been all day, and some Black Tailed Godwits had made it up this end.

Finally, a Chiffchaff sang on the back of Hesketh Golf Links - the Blackcap don't seem to have made it this far East yet :/

Cracking day!




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