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Saturday 6/5/18 evening visit Fleetwood marsh.
9 Eider Ducks on River.
2 Wheatear.
1 Whimbrel.
1 Cettis Warbler.
5 Reed Warbler.

Sunday 7/5/18 05:40-08:30 am Rossall Point.
1 Tree Pipit.
300+ Dunlin.
9 Sanderling.
100+ Ringed Plover.
3 Gannet.
1 Red throated Diver.
Sandwich terns everywhere.
Large raft of Manx Shearwater
3 Wheatear.
1 Sedge Warbler.
2 Whitethroat.

Kincraig on way back for the Black necked Grebe. Record short attached.

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08:00-0900_am s Fleetwood Marsh country park short visit.
16 Shelduck
2 Eiders.
2 Greylag Geese.
Little Grebe.
1 Common Sandpiper.
2 Swallow.
3 Wheatear.
1 Common Whitethroat.
2 Willow Warblers.
Singing Reed Warbler, Cetti's Warbler and Lesser Whitethroat present.

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High Tide Watch at Pilling Lane Ends 10.30-14.30

An amazing 140 Golden Plover in a single flock settled to feed amongst sheep on a pasture near the amenity area.

46 Pink Footed Geese grazed on the saltmarsh, at high tide they swam out into middle of the estuary.

3 drake Red Breasted Merganser followed the tide in.

A female Merlin flushed Starlings off the saltmarsh, 2 Kestrels hovered close to the seawall and 2 Buzzards soared over nearby fields.

A couple of Skylarks were in song flight, and a trickle of Meadow Pipits headed North.

Masses of Redshanks sat out the high tide along the seawall/dyke, lesser numbers of Oystercatchers and a dozen Dunlin rested there too.

Shelducks were in abundance, and a group of 10 Teal kept just offshore.

Also on the marsh or adjoining fields were 15 Curlew and 6 Little Egrets.

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On Fleetwood Marine Lake island:

Purple Sandpiper 6
Knot 2
Turnstone 60+

Just 1 lonely Ringed Plover on Rossall shore.

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Today, walked from Fleetwood to Rossall Point and back during high tide:

Sanderling 30
Grey Plover 1
Ringed Plover 6
Eider duck 15
Wheatear 1 male

On a small rocky island in boating lake:

Turnstone 30
Redshank 25
Knot 4
Purple Sandpiper 2



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Went to Pilling Lane today to see the over wintering Turtle Dove (see pictures) on a very dank and dull day. Took a while to find but the locals were very helpful and eventually I found it in the garden of number 222 sat looking very wet and bothered. Its a lifer for mebiggrin

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Eagland Hill, Bradshaw Ln
All views from the car due to the attrotious weather

Pink footed Goose c80
Pintail 2 1m, 1f
Chaffinch c40
Barn Owl, nice close fly by views


Knott End

Twite 14 feeding on the high tide line wrack next to the ferry slip

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7.30-9 am this morning from St Anne's beach to Starr Gate and back:

4 Grey Plover, 7 Whooper Swan in off the sea, 1000s of Pink Footed Geese over, Peregrine Falcon, 15 Curlew, Meadow Pipit. 



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Fleetwood marsh fist light for 1hour.
1000+ Pink footed Geese.
500+ Greylag Geese.
700+ Wigeon
100+ Lapwings.
2 Little Egrets.
3 Pochard
3 Shoveler.
23 Tufted Duck.
3 Little Grebe.
Plus usuals.

Rossall Point.
2000+ Pink footed Geese. Constant skeins over.
4 Rock Pipits.
2 Stonechat.
1 Wheatear photo attached.
3 Swallows.
1 Chiffchaff.
16 Eider Ducks. Photo of 1 close to shore.
Good movement of Meadow Pipits, Linnets, Carrion Crows, Rooks, Alba Wagtails, Skylarks, Thrushes.
Not many waders on shore.

Cheers Steven



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Finally had the time to visit the Fylde today, primarily for the geese. The day started well with a Waxwing in Harwood Lane, Great Harwood, fifty yards up from my mate's house. Once on the Fylde, we started at Woodland Country Park where we initially failed to find the blue phase Lesser Snow Goose, although we did connect with the bird later in the afternoon on our second attempt. The Eagland Hill feeding station held good numbers of Stock Dove, Tree Sparrow and Yellowhammer. We then made our way to Dam Side where we saw the Red-breasted Goose, fairly distant, with eleven Russian White-fronted Goose and a few Pink footed Goose. A Taiga Bean Goose had been disturbed from an adjacent field by hedge cutters, so we failed to see it. Next up was the Thurnham to Cockersand Abbey area where we found several hundred Whooper Swan together with around thirty Berwick Swan, feeding in fields. On the shore behind the Abbey were fifteen hundred Wigeon. Back at Pilling Marsh a huge flock of Pink footed Goose had flown in. Despite a decent search, no Bean Geese were found although a single Greenland White fronted Goose was found. Amongst others :-

Red-breasted Goose (1)
Lesser Snow Goose (1)
Russian White fronted Goose (11)
Greenland White fronted Goose (1)
Pink footed Goose (c.5000)
Whooper Swan (c.400)
Bewick's Swan c.30)
Wigeon (c.1500)
Stock Dove
Tree Sparrow (c.12)
Yellowhammer (c.12)
Lesser Redpoll (c.35)
Kestrel (2)
Waxwing (1)

Record shots of the two star geese attached.

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Late post from yesterday Wed. 15th

Arrived at 1000 to get some goose ticks.

Snow goose turned up at Woodlands at about 1100, and I was told about the Bean Goose at Eagland Hill by some other birders.

As this was roughly the same location as the Red Breasted Goose was last seen I checked it out; no sign of the it tho.

Went to Pilling Lane End and searched but only White Fronts, Pink Foots and Greylags were present.

I searched up and down the lanes but never saw the Red-breasted Goose. I did see some Red Legged Partridge though.

Called it a day at 1500 hrs.

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It Had to Happen. 12/2/2017

    If you keep trying to do something without any joy, dont give up, stick at it and eventually you will succeed. Now that is one of my many profound statements which can really be applied to the A Teams effort`s to see the Red Breasted Goose near Pilling, Lancashire. We had originally planned to go to see the Pacific Diver at East Chevington, Northumberland, but, after looking at the weather, decided against it.

   Steve B, Bob K and myself set off at a leisurely time intending to call at the Pilling area for any news of the goose and then onto Heysham, Pine Lake and Leighton Moss. We reached the all too familiar area and began to sift through the many flocks of Pink Feet without any joy. After a while we decided to head up to Thurnham to watch the Whooper and Bewick Swans. We also managed to find a Pale Bellied Brent Goose in amongst more Pink Feet. Around this time our friends from York, Nige & Mark, had arrived in the area and after waiting around in the area that the Red Breasted Goose had been seen in on Saturday, actually saw it fly in! A hurried call from Nige had us dashing back to the right place, giving my car its first taste of twitch speed. Would it fly off after all our efforts over the last few weeks? We reached the area and after some parking difficulties, dashed along the road to meet the boys who put us straight on the bird, thanks for that lads! The bird was feeding very happily with it travel companions White Fronted Geese as we enjoyed the bird. You are all probably a bit bored with this saga but it has been a real hard bird for us to locate.

Dave O.



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Sunday 12th Feb.
Since my plans on my Welsh visit were cut short due to safety reasons, I decided I had time to try and tie up some loose ends with the Fylde Geese.

Upper Thurnham.
- Todd's Canada Goose reported earlier, no sign.
- 1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose (hrota)
- 100's Pink-footed Geese
- Whooper / Bewick / Mute Swans ... not counted
- 100's of Curlew
- 1 large Little Egret
- lots of Redwing / Fieldfare

Nateby.
- 1 Snow Goose (Blue morph) with Greylags.
Seen the species before but never a dark / blue morph.

2 things of note : a few birders at Nateby told me I was in the right area of Upper Thurnham for the Todd's Canada Goose and that it has been really distant from the road and can vanish for long periods whilst probably still there.
Secondly the Little Egret I saw just off Jeremy Lane was very big and was next to a Grey Heron, it didn't look that much smaller but it was definitely a Little Egret.
A Great White Egret was reported off Jeremy Lane on Birdguides so I must've missed it, or has the large size of this one deceived someone? Who knows!




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Goosed Again! 5/2/2017

      The long staying Red Breasted Goose that has been in the Pilling area in Lancashire has been admired by visitors from far & wide, but not by any of the A Team. One of our members has already been twice without any luck. So it seemed right that as the bird has been in the same field for the last three days that we make an effort to see it. News from Steve K on Saturday said the bird was visible from his car, no problem then. Dave O in different twitch mobile along with Steve B and Chris B left Rochdale at 7am, surely what can go wrong?

      We reached the Pilling area and saw a flock of Twite feeding in a favoured weedy field and perching on the wire fences, nice start to the day. We took up our position on Backsands Lane and watched the great spectacle of all the geese(mainly Pink Footed) leaving the overnight roost, some passed right over us and a few landed in the same field that the Red Breasted Goose has recently favoured. After 1.5 hours of this the target bird was not seen, we decided to check out other fields also without much luck. We had a look up towards the Eagland Hill area for Chris B to see the Tree Sparrow, Yellowhammer & Corn Bunting. Next stop over to Cockerham to watch the Whooper and Bewick Swans, then Conder Green to again miss out on the Spotted Redshank, well the tide was out.

      A decision to go back to the Eagland Hill area looked like being a good one as, on arrival, we were told that the Red Breasted Goose had been seen around 9-30am, it was now 10-30am and no news of the birds appearance had been given to any of the news services. Thanks for that Mr Finder! We were invited into a mans garden to watch the large flock of geese that were feeding on beet. He told us that he had been watching it there earlier in the morning, there was no sign of the bird so, we headed off to Knott End. The Black Redstart near the slipway apartments was much more obliging, we enjoyed watching that. Back to Eagland Hill to watch the huge flocks of geese coming and going and with a passing Peregrine and a perched up female Merlin to entertain us, we must not grumble. Kevin Hughes and his entourage also made the day an enjoyable one. We called in at Fishmoor Reservoir, Blackburn and had pretty good views of the juvenile Glaucous Gull as the sun began to go down. (The Red Breasted Goose was not seen again up to today 7/2/2017)

Dave O.



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Female Black Redstart: Still in the area to the seaward side of the Bourne Arms and new apartments Knott End. As a note of interest the ferry is "out of service" until the 20th Feb for maintenance.

Little egret.



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Re the Greylags, managed to read 3 neck collared birds ... ORANGE PZT ..SHX ..SJJ. Reported and will post any feedback.
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These three birds were all ringed at Windermere as part of the Cumbrian Goose Project .... an exercise into the understanding of "moult migration".

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With Carys not having to do University work today a day out was in order so we headed up, relatively early, to the Pilling area of the Fylde on a wild goose chase.

First port of call was the Nateby area where a quick search revealed a Greylag Goose flock in a field by Brook Farm and there amongst them was the Blue Phase Lesser Snow Goose. First target achieved really quickly, and photographed too. We then took the route along Wood's Lane, New Road and Bradshaw Lane through the Eagland Hill area to check out the three feeding stations along here. These were teeming with Tree Sparrows and also attracted several Yellowhammers and Reed Buntings. One Corn Bunting came down onto the seed with others on wires by the road. Lots of Stock Doves were seen too.

We then headed on, leading another birder, to Pilling Lane Ends where several fields held feeding flocks of Pink-footed Geese. We soon found the field with the most interesting flock in it though, to the north of Backsands Lane. The stand-out bird was an adult Red-breasted Goose which associated loosely with 23 Russian White-fronted Geese. The fields around here also contained large numbers of Curlew and Lapwings.

Our final call was at Knott End where we searched the small bay behind the Bourne Arms Pub and the Waterfront Apartments. Here we quickly found the Black Redstart that has been around this winter, the bird being reported as a fem or 1w male (I favour the former myself!). It was feeding well on the rocks around the bay but eventually headed off round the wall & we couldn't relocate it. A walk down the slipway allowed us to scope the distant water filled channels (low tide is a long way out here!!) and a nice drake Eider was found hauled out on a distant sandbank. With a biting cold wind cutting through us we retired to the Knott End Cafe for a hot chocolate before heading off again.

We revisited a few of the birds that we had already seen, bumped into a few birding friends for a chat and then headed home after a fabulous day in a lovely area with some cracking birds smile



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4th Feb 2017.

With Ian Lyth & Paul Greenall.

Goose sightings same as Mark B.

Re the Greylags, managed to read 3 neck collared birds ... ORANGE PZT ..SHX ..SJJ. Reported and will post any feedback.



Starr Gate.

Snow Bunting. 2 on beach.
Sanderling.
Turnstone.

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A trip over to the Fylde produced some nice birds this morning from first light, Highlights.

Nateby
Snow Goose (Blue morph)
Greylag Goose 100+
Tree Sparrow 6

Fluke Hall
Red-Legged Partridge 20+
Pink footed Goose 400+
Shellduck 30+
Redshank 50+
Curlew

Damside, Back Sands Lane
Red-Breasted Goose
White-Fronted Goose (Siberian)18
Pink-Footed Goose
Curlew

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A 3 hour wild goose chase today eventually paid dividends with the Red Breasted Goose being seen from Eagland Hill from 14.55 to 15.10. With 100's of Pink Footed and Greylag Geese and 5 Eurasian White Fronted Geese. Arrived there at 13.45 to be told the bird was out of site, but after an hours shivering all the geese were spooked by a microlite and great views were had of it flying and then on the ground.

The previous 2 hours had been spent at Piling Lane Ends searching for the goose without success. However a good supporting cast included female Common Scoter, Peregrine Falcon, Red Breasted Merganser, 100's of Pintail and Shelduck, many Pink Footed Geese, Common Snipe, 100's of Lapwing, Curlew, Redshank, Dunlin and Sanderling,  3 Little Egret, 10 Skylark and Linnet flock. 2 White Fronted Geese were with Pink Footed on fields by car park. 



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Morning visit to Knott End.

Black Redstart 1imm/f, I think.
Black-tailed Godwit 1
Knot(s)
Turnstones
Redshanks
Curlews
Oystercatchers
Dunlins
Shelduck 2
etc.

Then onto Cockerham/Cocker Sands...not sure exactly where I was and then Glasson Dock. Very nice meal at the Lantern Cafe/Bistro.

Wigeons
Mallards
Golden Plover 700+
Whooper Swan 200+
Pink-Footed Geese 500+...very rough guess. Skeins all over the show.
Little Egret 1
Mute Swans
Cormorant 3
Redshanks
Oystercatchers
Dunlins
Knot
etc.




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visit to Fleetwood yesterday first port of call Fleetwood country park
magpie 4
black headed gull 25
herring gull 20
raven 1
coot 15
mallard 10
tufted duck 14
great black backed gull
lesser black gull 12
walk along the beach
starling 30
feral pigeon 18
oystercatcher 200 +
eider 7
redshank 40+
dunlin 8
curlew 1
drained boating lake
mute swan 4
turnstone 25
common gull 4
herring gull 10 one with a dab in its beak
wood pigeon 4
collared dove 2



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Cheers Rob.



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stuart lewis-gough wrote:

Where on the fylde was this Rob.





In between Cockers Dyke not far from Knott End, and Glasson Dock at the Lancaster end of the A588 you've got fields and farmland all the way along, they could be either in the fields or on the salt marsh when the tide is out. There's masses of Geese though so may not be an instant pick out.

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Lancashire winter birding. 22/1/2017

 

 

    A Red breasted Goose had turned up in Norfolk with a large quantity of Pink footed Geese in December. It didnt stay long in Norfolk and was relocated in North Lancashire in the Cockerham area. Myself and Steve B decided to have a go at seeing it and left Rochdale at 7am on a cool morning. We called at Fishmoor Reservoir, Blackburn to try to catch up with a couple of white winged gulls that had been seen there recently, but as it was still fairly dark we headed up to the Cockerham area. Lots of geese flying around was a truly great spectacle as the sun began rise, we checked a few of the large flocks out but could not see anything except Pink footed Geese. We headed down into the Thurham area and found a flock of around 300 Whooper Swans with 4 Bewick Swans also seen. A field also contained about 6 dodgy looking Canada Geese, after watching them we realised that they were not moving, then a man appeared and picked them up, they were decoys! A message said, Red breasted Goose just flown over Sand Villa near Cockerham. Off we went to try to connect, but on arrival, true to form, the bird had flown out onto the salt marsh! Now for some real birding as we spent a couple of hours sifting through the main flocks and finding: - 11 White fronted Geese (Russian) 2 Bean Geese (Tundra & Taiga) Barnacle Goose, lots of Curlew, 2 Buzzards. Great fun watching the geese push each other around whilst most of them just wanted to feed. We met up with Sarfraz & Paul, fellow Rossendale birders, who both needed Bean Goose. They managed to be put onto the Bean Geese by Rob Creek (GM Birder) well done Rob.

     Up to 50 birders were scattered around the area waiting for the Red breasted Goose to reappear, so we decided to have a look at the Lane Ends, Fluke Hall, Eagland Hill & Bradshaw feeding areas. We soon found lots of Tree Sparrows, Lapwing, Curlew and Redshank. As we arrived at the eastern end of Eagland Hill we located a flock of Chaffinch and a few Yellowhammers, Corn Bunting and then Steve B said, There is a Great Grey Shrike in that bush and sure enough, there was! Grab the cameras and take some pictures, some other birders arrived and also saw the shrike. Well done to Steve for finding the bird, we picked up Red legged Partridge as we headed back towards Cockerham. We gave the flocks another good grilling, then at 3pm we decided to leave the area and return to Fishmoor Reservoir to try for the gulls once more. As we were reaching Fishmoor the Red breasted Goose reappeared at the same place we had been watching at around 4pm, isnt that typical.

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Sunday 22nd Jan.
Morning visit to Cockerham Moss and subsequently rest of the day in cold conditions with Simon Gough.
Nice to see Spurner Adam Hutt again, and good to meet Sarfraz Hayett and his crew.

- Red-breasted Goose 1 adult (LIFER)
Didn't show until late on in the day as it had flown to the salt marsh early on and wasn't relocated. A very smart looking bird, it's plumage looked as though it had been perfectly painted.

Also present...
- Bean Goose 5 (4 Tundra, 1 Taiga hopefully)
- Eurasian White-fronted Goose 10
- Barnacle Goose 3
- Pink-footed Goose a few 1000
- Greylag Goose small number in another field
- Curlew 100's of them
- Golden Plover small flock of c20
- Little Egret c10
- Skylark few present

Also a flock of c30-40 Linnet were flying around, Adam and I thought we heard Twite in amongst them. A little later after Adam had left, Simon and myself had a brief chance to scan them when they came to rest in 1 of the trees along Gulf Lane, we managed to pick out a Twite piece so that was a nice bonus.

I hope the Taiga Bean actually is a Taiga, they are notoriously difficult due to variation within subspecies. This one was self found too and when I got others on to it the general feeling seemed to be positive. Even Adam Hutt said it looked good for Taiga ... my point being ... the East Yorkshire lot don't take Taiga's lightly like they do Tundra's, it usually causes a bit of a stir!

All in all a good day that had made us work for our good sightings, not easy scanning Geese in the cold weather!



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knott end, 9.50-11.30am

black redstart showing well behind the appartments next to the bourne inn.
2 peregrine falcons
1 little egret
3 turnstones
oystercatcher
curlew
redshank
wigeon
lapwing
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08:00-10:30am Fleetwood to rossall point
1 Snow Bunting near boating lake
5 Red breasted Merganser 3 on lake 2 On sea
3 Stonechat
4 GoldenEye
1 Wigeon
Only waders seen Turnstone, Redshank and Oystercatcher

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Called at a few places on the Fylde today, main spot being Fleetwood Marsh Nature Reserve in an attempt to see any of the four Bearded Tit that have been seen over the last few days. Just beyond the car park is a pool on the left hand side crossed by a sort of bridge and surrounded by a mall reed bed. Here we watched a male and female for around fifteen minutes, from the bridge. The male was very striking with his slate blue/grey head pattern standing out in the lovely sunshine.

Next stop was Rossall. The tide was a fair way out and the only bird of note on the sea was a fully winter plumaged Red throated Diver. A group of Sanderling was on the beach plus a few Oystercatcher and Redshank. We worked our way down to Starr Gate where the tide was still distant. Nothing much doing other than three Great crested Grebe and many groups of Common Scoter, perhaps numbering three or four hundred birds in total. Not too much seen overall but it was well worth it for the Bearded Tit sighting alone.

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Sunday 20th November

Lunchtime visit with Simon Gough, nice to bump into Chris Greene and his wife, and Steve Burke too!

- 1 Desert Wheatear (Lifer)
A gorgeous little bird, very active amongst the dunes going about its business regardless of the birders present but once again there is always someone that has to test the birds tolerance to get a photo rather than enjoying the bird where it was.

Other birds present...
- Common Scoter in abundance on the sea
- 1 Red-throated Diver
- 10+ Ringed Plover
- 1 Sanderling

Just a word of caution to anyone going for this bird...I parked at the end of the track to the Sand Works just off the main road near the airport, when we returned to the car after an hour or so, the car next to mine had been broken into so hide any valuables.
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Male Desert Wheatear still present and feeding in the same area as earlier at Dusk



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Male Desert Wheatear currently showing well on beach between St Anne's and Starr Gate near sand plant. Nice to bump into messrs Burke,Creek and Gough again. Cheers Chris



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Fleetwood Marsh 2nd May
Highlight being a Cetti's Warbler singing at side of car park but not seen, first time I have heard one here.
6 Whimbrel (photo attached of one)
1 Wheatear
1 Yellow Wagtail (photo attached)
2 Greylag Geese
3 Shelduck
11 Eider on River bank
1 Pochard drake
1 Common Sandpiper
Lots of Meadow Pipits and Skylarks present.
Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Whitethroat and Lesser Whitethroat all heard.

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Fleetwood Marsh country park Good Friday
1 Wheatear first of the year for me.
1 Stonechat female
Lots of Meadow Pipits and Skylarks
9 Shelduck
15 Teal
1 Little Grebe
1 Buzzard
1 Kestrel
2 Greylag Geese

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Almost certainly the green ringed escapee that has been reported in Cumbria several times in the last couple of years.



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Birdguides are reporting Bufflehead at Hambleton / Shard Bridge today





Hi James,
The drake Bufflehead was seen early Saturday morning near the Shard Bridge with some Goldeneye.
Later updates say no further sightings, and it wasn't reported on the Fylde Bird Club sightings under the Shard Bridge thread either.
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Birdguides are reporting Bufflehead at Hambleton / Shard Bridge today



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Starr Gate 7.45 - 8.45am,

Little Gull 9 all south
Kittiwake
Ringed Plover 2
Oystercatcher 40+
Cormorant c35

Rossall Point 9.15 - 10.30am over high tide

Turnstone c30
Sanderling c30
Ringed Plover c30
Oystercatcher c50
Eider 1 male
Greenfinch 13
Linnet c30



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A venture back into God's County, arriving at Fairhaven Lake at 10am, carrying on to Starr Gate for a bit of sea watching, ditto Rossall observation tower, then over to Knott End and finally a two mile walk at Cocker's Dyke. The weather was mixed to say the least with sleet & rain, bright spells and a bitter, very strong wind. Amongst others :-

Fairhaven Lake & Shore (tide well out)

Shag (1)
Shelduck (c.10)
Curlew (c.10)
Reed Bunting (7)
Linnet (c.25)

Starr Gate

Common Scoter (c.200)
Red throated Diver (1)
Sanderling (5)
Oystercatcher (c.15)

Rossall

Eider (c.10)
Turnstone (5)
Sanderling (c.10)
Ringed Plover (c.30)
Pink footed Goose (c.25)

Knott End/Cocker's Dyke

Knot (c.1500)
Dunlin (c.1500)
Curlew (c.250)
Golden Plover (c.15)
Sanderling (c.25)
Turnstone (10)
Oystercatcher
Lapwing
Redshank
Whooper Swan (48)
Little Egret (2)
Shelduck


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Posted today by John Williams:

11.00-15.00 ( High Tide 14.30)

Walked along the sea wall almost down to Fluke Hall, then back past Pilling Lane Ends and about a mile northwards towards Cockerham.

1f Merlin, 1f Sparrowhawk and 1 Kestrel were over the saltmarsh. 32 Whooper Swans were on nearby stubble.

5 Skylarks and 12 Meadow Pipits were along the sea wall.

Large numbers of Starlings, 12+ Little Egrets, a few Redshanks and Shelducks were on the marsh.

Curlews popped out from virtually every little tidal gulley. At high water a flock of 14 Curlews settled on nearby pasture with 50+ Lapwings.

Small groups of Pink Footed Geese flew off the shore line as the tide advanced, and moved to nearby farmland.

A Great Spotted Woodpecker flew over the dyke and settled on the saltmarsh amongst the sheep, some of whom had a Starling riding on their back.

I searched the woodland near the car park for small birds, as a Yellow Browed Warbler had been reported at nearby Fluke Hall yesterday, but alas I only found a couple of Wrens.

A covey of 16 Grey Partridges flushed off the sea wall at one point, whilst 6 Red Legged Partridges were near the car park, but there is a large game estate close by,

and judging by the sheer numbers of Mallards in that area, these are all likely to be released birds.


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Spent the morning at Pilling viewing the marsh from the car park on Backsands Lane. Tide wasn't that high so didn't expect a lot. Although it was bright it was really quite cold in the wind. It was also very quiet. There was a good number of waders way out, but the haze and distance made most of them unidentifiable. However there were 10 Pink-footed Geese plus another 22 over. 580 Shelduck and over 1000 Teal. Bit disappointing really even though I wasn't expecting that much.

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Sounds good for Curlew Sand to me, Rob

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Sunday 13th Sept.

Visit to Cocker's Dyke near Knott End with Simon Gough.
Not been here since January when I came to see the 'late' juv Pomarine Skua, and yesterday proved to be a good visit too.

High Tide 12.20pm produced...
- Oystercatcher - up in the 100's
- Lapwing - plenty about
- Golden Plover 1 in moult
- Grey Plover 1 possibly a juv with Lapwing, then another single combing the shore line, then a flock if 43 dropped in onto the flats a bit further out as the tide was going out, 1 in summer plumage others in various stages.
- Knot - group of 6, 1 having a slightly blush red breast, and also 1 out with the Grey Plovers
- Curlew - group of 9 flying around and feeding
- Redshank - lots of them
- Little Egret 1 over, woman dog walker reported she saw a lot last week
- Great Black-backed Gull - 15+
- Common Gull - probably around 10
- Black-headed Gull - plenty around
- Common Eider - 2 females
- Teal - 3 in grass clumps near coast path
- Greylag Geese - 2 skeins over (a passer-by thought they could've been Pink-footed's but these were large and bulky)
- Kestrel 3 in view same time
- Swallow - plenty around over Horse Paddocks
- Wheatear - 2 very active around the rocks just below the path
- Pied Wagtail 1 over and landed in Horse paddocks
- Cormorants - few out to sea

...and 1 other bird which in my mind was a Curlew Sandpiper, and a juvenile at that, with the Burton bird being fairly fresh in the mind still.
I picked up on the bird feeding around the Oystercatchers and the Knot. Straight away I thought be careful, Juvenile Dunlin??? But it looked to have a slightly larger build and longer legs, what I think was a longer and more curved bill too, and a peachy shade wash around the foreneck and breast, and cleanish white underbelly. I was watching it and managed to put Simon on to it, but within seconds it was flushed with all the other Waders by a large juvenile Gull and I can honestly say I didn't get a view of the clean white rump to clinch it as it was easily lost in the commotion so as far as I'm concerned the attributes I saw pointed towards Curlew Sandpiper but not 100% conclusive I'm afraid.

Cracking little place this and a very interesting visit.

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Sunday 13th Sept
En-route to Cocker's Dyke up near Knott End, myself and Simon Gough stopped off for a quick scan of the fields near Singleton and Poulton just north of Marton Mere.

Within a few minutes, sightings were...
1 Common Buzzard
1 Kestrel
1 Wheatear
Rooks
Carrion Crows
Jackdaws
Black-headed Gulls
Herring Gulls
Lesser Black-backed Gulls
1 Grey Heron
Lots of Woodpigeon

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Feeding station in Pilling- Although both reported to be fairly busy only one appeared to have been restocked with seed but which allowed 30 Hedge Sparrow, 3 Yellowhammer, 3 Corn Bunting, 2 Meadow Pipit and 5 Reed Bunting to be seen

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Finally go the Shore Lark yesterday at wet and wild Rossall at the second time of asking, and almost missed it again as it appeared on the golf course as I was about to leave, and after photograhing it, it then proceeded to land 20 feet from the car near the picnic tables some what bedraggled but stunning!

Also, 2 pair of Red-Breasted Merganser, one on marine lake and what at sea.
Stonechat near the observation tower.
Sanderling
Ringed Plover
Turnstone
Linnet
Wren
Oystercatcher
Black-headed Gulls
Juvenile very large gull, awaiting confirmation, looked like Great Black-Backed Gull!



-- Edited by Keith Williams on Monday 23rd of February 2015 08:50:14 AM

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8.00am on the sea wall at Lands End - Freezing!!!!
Tide a long way out.
Merlin on the marshes
Dunlin
Black tailed Godwit
Lapwing
Curlew
Little Egret
Redshank
Raven
And most unusually Carrion Crow taking a Dunlin

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Red-throated Diver showing very well at Fairhaven Lake.
Also Oystercatchers, Curlew and a Reed Bunting.

Finally caught up with the Shorelark at Rossall Point, feeding around the picnic benches but regularly disturbed by dogs and their b****y owners.
Also Turnstones, Redshanks, Linnets, 2 Skylarks and a male Eider on the high tide.

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Doc Brewster wrote:


Photographically the Pom Skua showed fantastically well, and it ate well too. But as you say all was not well. One of its wings was held quite loosely, hanging down in an unnatural position, many of my photos show this very clearly. However as you say it could fly, previous to me arriving it had flown in from the tideline to the corpse. I





News today that the worst case scenario happened & the bird was found dead, I am not surprised given that wing problem, I suppose it was just a matter of time. So sad that a bird that gave so many so much pleasure & their best ever views of Pomarine Skua should end up dead cry

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