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Could not see the skua today but compensation was found with a flock of 30 Twite in a fields another fairly close on the Dyke foot path.

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Pomarine Skua still present at Cockers Dyke at midday today; out of sight in a gully (feeding on a carcass) for a good while but showed well afterwards.

Info thanks to Brian Fogg

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Morning trip up to the Fylde today primarily to look for the Pomarine Skua at Cocker's Dyke.

Arrived around 9.30 and despite the tide being out there were good numbers of waders in easy scoping distance including:
Bar-tailed Godwit
Golden Plover
Knot
Dunlin
Shelduck
Oystercatcher
Lapwing
Redshank
Pink-Footed Geese and Whooper Swans over
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30 plus Twite on the shoreline
Mistle Thrush
Fieldfare and Redwing over.

The Pomarine Skua was on the land side in a field near a Pink-footed Goose corpse (3 fields up from the Pump House). a few locals mentioned it had flown quite strongly yesterday but it's wing didn't look great - although it looked fine in itself otherwise.

Then decided to try for the Tundra Bean Goose reported yesterday off Mythorp Rd nr Marton Mere.

Having located the Pink-Foot flock it was a case of scoping through and a false alarm created by a orange legged Pink Foot the Tundra Bean Goose ended up showing really well at the front of the flock.

So a good few hours out and about with some great birds..

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Back to the Fylde today, primarily to try and get a few decent shots of the Shorelark at Rossall and then to see the injured, juvenile Pomarine Skua at Cocker's Dyke. The Shorelark was very obliging, on the grass at the picnic area and later, the Skua was finally found feeding on a goose carcass just east of the Dyke.

Started the day at Fairhaven, moved up to Starr Gate for a bit of seawatching, ditto Rossall observation tower, then on to Cocker's Dyke. Weather cold and blustery.

Amongst others :-

Common Scoter (c.25)
Eider (c.12)
Red breasted Merganser (1)
Little Egret (2)
Pink footed Goose (135)
Turnstone
Grey Plover (c.12)
Golden Plover (c.35)
Knot
Dunlin
Twite (c.40)
Linnet (c.30)
Shorelark (1)
Pomarine Skua (1)



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After getting my new bins from Doc Brewster (Focal Point), cheers Doc, excellent service, I headed up the M6.

Great Grey Shrike exactly where Richard Thew described it.

Parked at the entrance to the Animal Sanctuary crossed the road diagonal to the public footpath and the shrike was 100yds down on the left perched at the top of a tree overlooking the brambles at the back of the roofing place.

Other than that Kestrel (f) and 2 Great Tits.

Then headed for the Shore Lark (Rossal point thread)





Good to meet you, Keith, great way to christen the bins & to grip me off with a yeartick that I missed on Sunday wink

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Yesterday (Wed) -
After getting my new bins from Doc Brewster (Focal Point), cheers Doc, excellent service, I headed up the M6.
Great Grey Shrike exactly where Richard Thew described it.
Parked at the entrance to the Animal Sanctuary crossed the road diagonal to the public footpath and the shrike was 100yds down on the left perched at the top of a tree overlooking the brambles at the back of the roofing place.
Other than that Kestrel (f) and 2 Great Tits.
Then headed for the Shore Lark (Rossal point thread)

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Originally posted today by Dave Ousey:

Nearly a full squad of A Teamers for a trip to the seaside, with the promise of some different birds and a couple from last year, who seemed to be wintering. We left a snowy Norden around 7-30am after a few local difficulties, well put Chris, who took the wheel. We got through the various belts of icy fog and as we reached the coast it was cold but the sun was shining at times. Calling firstly at Knott End slipway for a nice Twite. Our second call was to see the first winter dark morph Pomarine Skua that had been blown into Cockers Dyke in the recent gales. The bird appeared to have an injured wing and was being supplied with some carrion / food by the local birders. We searched the bird filled coast and salt marsh and could not pick up the Pomarine Skua. I didnt have my telescope with me, having hoped for some pictures of the close feeding skua, so, as I scanned the area with my binoculars, I kept being drawn to a strange shape in the distance, a clod of salt marsh surely? A birder said, I have the skua, yes it was the clod, tip:-always take your scope with you! The bird eventually got to its feet to repel the attentions of 2 Carrion Crows, who looked like undertakers weighing up their next victim! The hoped for close up of this bird did not materialise, but 2 Mediterranean Gulls were seen. Lots of godwits,Curlews and a large skein of Pink Footed Geese flew over the bay, very nice. A trip along the coast towards Thurnham to see the Whooper & Bewick`s Swans was enjoyed, helped by one of the Flyde bird clubs members,many thanks. Golden & Grey Plovers feeding in roadside fields in large number were also noted. At Bradshaw Lane End & Eagland Hill the small feeding stations are usually filled with small finches, but only Tree Sparrows were seen and no evidence of any food for the birds. The Shore Lark was enjoyed at Rossall Point though it was still quite cold on this part of the coast, smart little bird this one. At Marton Mere the hoped for Iceland Gull, Firecrest, Long Eared Owl or Cetti`s Warbler were not located, a couple of Shoveller and a smart female Sparrowhawk were our reward. The trend continued as the regular Great Grey Shrike on Lytham Moss had not been seen for 2 hours prior to our arrival and was not located. A dash up to Parsonage Reservoir near Rishton to see a wintering Great Northern Diver was to be our last stop on a wintry birding day. Around 20 new species were enjoyed by all our team and a little more knowledge gained about Pomarine Skua`s that are on the ground!

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Great grey shrike seen very well and for a while. He sat on a shrup for 5 mins, then he tried to catch a blackbird and almost succeeded! Then he sat for another 5 mins in full view. This is on the ground outside the NorthWest roofing supplies building. Take the puplic footpath opposite the animal sanctuary from the b5261 and that's where he is staying. 3 sparrowhawks were akso seen, 2 kestrels and 1 fieldfare. Many thanks for all help provided on this forum.

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Fantastic thanks. Watch this space!

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Great Grey Shrike at Lytham was seen today; info below from the bird information services:

Great Grey Shrike NE of St. Anne's at Lytham Moss west of the B5261 by the industrial estate near the entrance to Easterleigh Animal Sanctuary at 14:30. From the B5261 take Wildings Lane north, park and walk north.

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Ian McKerchar wrote:Originally The Great Grey Shrike was originally found about a kilometre away form the area that it now favours. Yesterday all areas of the moss, including its original haunt, were searched and birders spent more than 4 hours there at least without a sighting. No news on the pager today either, sorry  :'( Many thanks for the feedback, much appreciated. Shame not been seen.

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Rob Creek wrote:

Left Marton Mere and took a chance on the Pomarine Skua at Cockers Dyke not far from Knott-End.

Thanks to a recently acquired friend Paul Slade from Fylde Sightings with his help on this one.

1 juv Pomarine Skua (a Lifer for me)

I found the bird on the boggy vegetation on the sea front in bitterly cold conditions. It was hobbling over the little grassy hills towards a large Gull carcass and in the process towards myself and one other birder.
I was told earlier by a Marton birder that the Skua didn't look well and it was soon apparent to me also that something didn't look right.
It made its way over to approx within 25yds struggling over the uneven ground, we could see a strange looking 'injury type' shape or swelling on its left wing, I asked the other birder if he'd seen it fly as surely it would've just landed at the Gull. He hadn't seen it fly and was in agreement that something wasn't right.

-- Edited by Rob Creek on Sunday 18th of January 2015 09:14:31 PM





Sorry to have missed you again Rob, as I was there too, but in the morning at the Pom Skua. A bit warmer than you experienced, I think the wind got keener as the day went on. Photographically the bird 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 never saw it move at all, not even walking, it just stayed by the dead gull and kept eating. It is there again today so keeps on surviving, everything crossed for it now. As well as some of the species Rob mentions there was a small herd of Whooper Swans out beyond the skua in the morning, with 2 Bewick's Swans in with them, but the group flew off whilst we were there.

I also paid a return visit to the Shorelark at Rossall Point, this time the bird was favouring the beach past the Coastguards Tower, as you walk down from the car park, but today is reported back on the grass by the car park. Too busy no doubt yesterday as the grass was well used by dog walkers.

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I would love to add the great grey shrike to my list. I have an opertunity tomorrow. Does anyone know please, if he is still at st annes by the sea in Blackpool?





The Great Grey Shrike was originally found about a kilometre away form the area that it now favours. Yesterday all areas of the moss, including its original haunt, were searched and birders spent more than 4 hours there at least without a sighting. No news on the pager today either, sorry hmm

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Ian McKerchar wrote:

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I would love to add the great grey shrike to my list. I have an opertunity tomorrow. Does anyone know please, if he is still at st annes by the sea in Blackpool?





Hi Richard,
The Great Grey Shrike isn't by the sea so to speak, it is actually at Lytham Moss in the famous Brambles patch at Queensway traffic lights and the Animal Sanctuary junction. It shows really well for long periods on its lookout perches and catching prey but it seems it's not been reported since Friday as far as I can see.

The bird you may be still catch by the sea is the Shore Lark. It is a bit further up the coast between Blackpool and Fleetwood at Rossall Point.
It usually shows either on the grass at the main car park or on the shingle around the observatory tower about 500yds or so from the car park, either way it's usually picked up fairly easily but is flushed fairly easily too by Dog walkers!
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Originally posted today by Richard Thew:

I would love to add the great grey shrike to my list. I have an opertunity tomorrow. Does anyone know please, if he is still at st annes by the sea in Blackpool?

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Left Marton Mere and took a chance on the Pomarine Skua at Cockers Dyke not far from Knott-End.

Thanks to a recently acquired friend Paul Slade from Fylde Sightings with his help on this one.

1 juv Pomarine Skua (a Lifer for me)

I found the bird on the boggy vegetation on the sea front in bitterly cold conditions. It was hobbling over the little grassy hills towards a large Gull carcass and in the process towards myself and one other birder.
I was told earlier by a Marton birder that the Skua didn't look well and it was soon apparent to me also that something didn't look right.
It made its way over to approx within 25yds struggling over the uneven ground, we could see a strange looking 'injury type' shape or swelling on its left wing, I asked the other birder if he'd seen it fly as surely it would've just landed at the Gull. He hadn't seen it fly and was in agreement that something wasn't right.
At that moment a large Dog came charging down off the path and towards the Skua, we both shouted at the owners and they called it back but it was too late, the bird could indeed fly but seemed to struggle a little. It landed some 50yds away and began making its way over again, walking!
It took a good 15 mins for it to struggle over but it made it and was feeding well as it tore mouthful after mouthful off the carcass.
I felt a bit of déjà vous with this bird and then it struck me...it reminded me of the Audenshaw juv Great Skua, it resembled it in certain ways including the strange area on the wing, and it's behaviour too, struggling to get to food but was obviously able to eat well AND FLY when needed.
I will compare shots of both birds when I get chance. The Pomarine Skua was still there feeding at last light when I left.

Other birds of note...
(some in large numbers)
-Sanderling (not in winter plumage)
-Oystercatcher
-Redshank
-Dunlin
-1 flock of Golden Plover came through
-5 Curlew came through
-plenty of Gulls out on the mud flats
and a pair of hands iced up but worth it.



-- Edited by Rob Creek on Sunday 18th of January 2015 09:14:31 PM

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Another just over the border at Hutton Roof. On a Carnforth, Lancashire post code but actually in Cumbria. Sightings sporadic.

Was at Rossall on Saturday being blown horizontal but managed views of the Shorelark on beach in front of the observation tower. Sand being blown in face at what seemed like 100 mph. Somehow managed a couple of record shots with my new Canon SX50 together with others of Turnstone and Ringed Plover.

The only time I've experienced wind worse than this (if you'll pardon the expression) was one winter birding on Walney in the mid 80s!

-- Edited by Mark Jarrett on Monday 12th of January 2015 09:52:54 PM

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There are 2 at present: the other is at Grindleton Fell, just N of Clitheroe. There had been a 3rd at Horwich Moor.

We sometimes get just 1, often in the Clitheroe area, but 3 is exceptional. It has been a good winter for them in the UK

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Hi I have never seen a great grey shrike before and was wondering how many are in lanchashire at the moment?

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Sat 10th Jan 10am-12.30.


The Great Grey Shrike showed well in very strong winds after a lot of searching - very near to the perimeter fence of Blackpool Airport. (I gather this is further along the footpath than it normally favours but to be honest with the weather I was surprised it was not over the other side of the Pennines!).

Beautiful bird - and a lifer for me!

Also there was a very fine male Red Breasted Merganser on Fairhaven Lake. Couldn't find the Scaup which I guess was hunkered down somewhere.

Apart from a few Curlew and Oystercatcher on the beach, the rest of the morning was mostly spent getting a free exfoliation treatment to my face from the flying sand!

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blackpool north shore..

4 purple sandpiper amongst redshank & turnstone on the wall of the go-karting trak.
17 eider on the sea
hundreds of common scoter
sparrowhawk flying around north pier.

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Back on the Fylde today. Weather sunnyish, fine and very cold.

Started off with a ten minute look at Lytham, near the lighthouse, then up to Fairhaven and the mudflats/sandbar just offshore from the lake, on up to Rossall, across to Knott End, a bit further east to Cocker's Dyke and finally a finish on the edge of Poulton Industrial Estate.

I had seen the Scaup and Great Grey Shrike yesterday. The Fairhaven mudflats were packed with mainly Oystercatcher and Knott. The odd Dunlin and Sanderling, plent of Redshank and around 30 Bar tailed Godwit. Once at Rossall the Shorelark was quickly located giving excellent, close views just up from the observation tower. It was only 30 mins after high tide so there was no distance at all to the sea from the pathway. An Eider was about 50 yards out whilst watching the Shorelark. Little Egret were added at Knott End along with a few hundred Oystercatcher, Shelduck and around 150 Bar tailed Godwit, well out. The stars at Cocker's Dyke were the flock or around 100 Twite and a herd of 150 Whooper Swan 3/4 of a mile to the east. Also here a flyover skein of 35 Pink footed Goose. The day before yesterday there was a large flock of Pink footed Goose to the south of Poulton Ind Estate and in this general area surrounding Singleton also a Barnacle Goose, 2 White fronted Goose and a Tundra Bean Goose. Today drew a blank (local knowledge a bonus) but there were 122 Curlew feeding adjacent to the Ind Estate.

Amonst others :-


Little Egret (3)
Whooper Swan (c.150)
Pink footed Goose (c.35)
Eider (1)
Buzzard (1)
Knot (c.300)
Sanderling
Dunlin
Bar tailed Godwit (c.180)
Turnstone
Shorelark (1)
Twite (c.100)

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A great day again, in the company of Steve Burke and Simon Gough again.

69 species of Birds seen (including a Lifer for me) across various sites over the Fylde.

Sites included...
Fairhaven Lake, Lytham Moss, Marton Mere, Singleton, Pilling, and Knott End.

I have reported the sightings on the relevant threads.



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Was in Lytham this afternoon so made brief visits to Lytham Moss and Fairhaven Lake.

The Great Grey Shrike was giving distant views on the Moss, where indicated in previous posts and the Scaup, whilst not on the RSPB sightings board, was definitely on the Lake tucked up just off the end of the larger island. Also on the Lake, Red Breasted Merganser giving nice views, together with Tufted Duck, Pochard, Shoveler and Great Crested Grebe.

Will be back on the Fylde tomorrow in the Rossall, Cocker's Dyke and Singleton areas.



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A quick afternoon trip up to the Fylde today as the weather cleared.

Lytham Moss - Great Grey Shrike showing well at 1pm to 1.30pm on the other side of Queensway to the Animal Sanctuary. Good close views from the main roadside and the path just up from Queensway traffic lights.

Marton Mere - only 2 Long Eared Owls for me, but decent views including one particularly nice glare from one. A nice Buzzard was also in the area. On the mere - Wigeon, Teal, Tufted Duck, Mallard and Gadwall, with singles of Goosander (f), Little Grebe and Great Crested Grebe.

I stuck around until dusk hoping for Barn Owl (no luck), but was rewarded by the sound of some calling Cetti's Warblers and Water Rails, and a pre-roost gathering of a couple of thousand Starlings on the telephone wires, which led to a couple of nice mini-murmurations.



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Another day retracing my steps from Tuesday. Shore lark was evident in the grass infront of the car park at Rossall Point. Good numbers of Ringed Ploverr (14) and Turnstone (25 plus) on the beach and the marine lake. Also good numbers of redshank (50 plus) on the Marine Lake.
Then on to Marton Mere, managing to dodge the showers, for 3 Long Eared Owls, and nice views of Goldcrest and Treecreeper in amongst a Tit flock that included 7 Long Tailed Tits.
Fairhaven Lake produced great views of Scaup and Red Breasted Merganser as well as the only Pochard of the day, Lytham Crem produced 5 Ring necked Parakeets, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and a flock of 30 Redwings, final stop being Lytham Moss where the Great Grey Shrike was showing on the same side of the road as the Animal Sanctuary, female stonechat also showing close views.

-- Edited by Jon Bowen on Saturday 3rd of January 2015 09:05:05 PM

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Trip over to the Fylde Coast, Highlights

Latham Moss
Great Grey Shrike still present this morning, in the brambles just off the path close to the road giving Very close views down to 10 meters or so.

Fairhaven Lake
Red Breasted Merganser
No sign of the reported Scaup for me.

Marton Mere
Long eared Owl 2 possibly 3 roosting in a Hawthorn bush
A very agitated Raven aggressively persueing a Sparrowhawk
Water rail heard calling from the redheads

Rossall Point
Shorelark still present on tideline 300m to the right of the Obs tower
Good numbers of Sanderling, Oystercatcher, Redshank and Turnstone
And unfortunately a very dead juvenile ringtailed Hen Harrier just off the coastal path


-- Edited by Mark Burgess on Saturday 3rd of January 2015 05:33:33 PM

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Great Grey Shrike still present on Lytham Moss at 11am this morning, favouring the area by Howdens.

Info thanks to Brian Fogg

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Good day out around The Fylde yesterday starting with Shore Lark at Rossall Point which showed well on the beach. 50 plus Eider off-shore with males involved in some courtship display. Nice mix of waders just off from the Obs tower with Grey Plover, Sanderling, Dunlin, Turnstone, Oystercatcher, Curlew, Ringed Plover and a couple of Knot.
Also worthy of note for year listers is the Glaucous Gull that has been coming into roost of an evening into the Wyre.

Next stop was Lytham Moss for the long staying Great Grey Shrike which showed really well after a wait of an hour or so. WE stopped on route to scan the Pink Footed Geese flock as both Todd's Canada Goose and Bean Goose reported in the flocks but not seen in the flocks we encountered.

Final stop of the day was Marton Mere for the Long Eared Owls which have chosen an much easier roost spot for those short in stature like me to observe them.



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A good collection of species on a sometimes damphmm day around The Fylde with Karen F, Riggers, John Rayner & Mike A.

96 Twite at Knott End, showing well on the beach by the RNLI ramp, as well as on the roofs along The Esplanade around 9 a.m.

Family party of 3 Whooper Swans just north west of Pilling

Shore Lark ditto on the field next to the golf course at Rossall

Snow Bunting showing very well feeding close to the sea wall " three groynes west of the new observation tower" at Rossall - both about 13.00

Great Grey Shrike showing very well on Lytham Moss

Pair of Greater Scaup - reasonable views on a fairly choppy Fairhaven Lake

5 Ring-necked Parakeets and a Little Egret(!) at Lytham Crematorium put a fine finish on the day and this year's monthly trips

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Both birds still present at 10:00 this morning in nice, sunny conditions

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Shore Lark showing really well yesterday, mobile but favouring area just north of the tower and also the rough ground in the car park. It's completely oblivious to people on the sea wall, but as soon as someone on the beach comes along the bird flies. Also present was a Snow Bunting further to the south. That was very approachable, sitting on the groynes immediately visible from the sea wall. Thanks for the directions, much appreciated!

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Joe Wynn wrote:

Hi, going to try for the Shore Lark tomorrow by getting the tram up to Fleetwood and then walk back towards rossall, I don't know the area at all though, can anyone help me with directions to the spot the bird's been favouring?

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Hi Joe,
Going off all reports on the Fylde Bird sightings it seems the Shore Lark has been virtually in the same place all week, which is where Austin describes and where I had it last Saturday.
It's worth bearing in mind though, it may not be obvious at first as it really does blend in to the habitat, you will probably soon pick it up when it goes into feeding mode though. Watch out for Dog walkers, it gets flushed easily if they're about. Well worth going though!
Best of luck
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Hi Joe, punch FY7 8PG in to your sat nab and this will take you to Rossall point car park, from here walk on to the path over the small dunes and walk south towards the big new modern watch tower. I had the bird around 300 yards south of this tower on the shingle.

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Hi, going to try for the Shore Lark tomorrow by getting the tram up to Fleetwood and then walk back towards rossall, I don't know the area at all though, can anyone help me with directions to the spot the bird's been favouring?

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Originally posted today by Dave Ousey:

Myself and Steve B just could not resist a Shore Lark at Rossall Point, Fleetwood, so off we went last Sunday. A cold, windy, grey morning greeted us both as Steve drove towards the coast, after leaving Rochdale at 8am. My last sighting of this species was in the Bolton area a few year`s ago, they are certainly not as usual as they used to be. We got to Rossall Point and a real strong wind blew the sand into our faces, as we battled the elements. A couple of early birders, were on the beach watching something, it was the bird a cracking male Shore Lark! We spent about 3/4 of an hour watching and trying to get a couple of pictures of the bird and the conditions were forgotten about. Well worth the effort in the end. The tide was well in as we visited the river mouth, were 5 Eiders were seen battling the strong winds. Our next stop was Lytham Moss where a Great Grey Shrike had taken up residence, not far from Blackpool Airport. It was a little hard to find at first (knowing how difficult shrikes can be for me in Lancashire) when out of nowhere it appeared sat on top of a tall bush. Always good to watch as the local Magpie chased it around and eventually gave up and left the shrike alone. In Lytham Crematorium there is a very small population of Ring Necked Parakeets, these are always worth popping in to see and listen to and what they are up to. Pulling leaves of Holly bushes is their latest pastime, very exotic. A male Scaup was seen next on Fairhaven lake and afforded very close views with it striking plummage and diving ability. A birdwatching colleague of ours, sent me a text to tell us that a Great Northern Diver had been found on Rishton Reservoir in Lancashire, so off we went in search of this large diving seabird. We reached Rishton and one of the ELOC members present, could not see the bird after a long search, had it flown off? He thought so and began to leave. Steve B had other idea`s (he had found all the birds this morning) he said, I have got the diver, its there. I quickly called the departing birder back to see the diver and he was pleased and so were we. All in all a really grand day out we reached home by 2-45pm.

Dave Ousey.

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at Fleetwood before heading down to rossall...

8 eider, 7 male, 1 female.
1 little egret
3 great crested grebe
12+ skylark
lots of sanderling
redshank, dunlin, oystercatcher, curlew & shelduck.

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Rossall Point 10.30- 11.30am
Shore Lark still present this morning allowing close views down to 20 metres on the shingle ridge in front of the Obs tower and occasionally flying no more than 50 meters to the left of the tower.

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A visit over to Starr Gate...

Tide was out and although it had started to come in, it was difficult to get good views out to sea.

Common Scoters- a group 4, then singles flying low far out, then Steve picked up on another 9 flying low.
3 Cormorant fishing
2 Great Crested Grebe far out
3 Shelduck
3 Redshank
Oystercatcher here and there
Herring Gulls
Black-headed Gulls
3 Mallard over
2 Meadow Pipit
A few Auk-type low flying far out (could've been Guillemot or Razorbill, unsure)
...and a couple of unidentified dots, too far out!





also 2 geese flew past as we both were heading to starr gate I presumed they might of been pink footed geese, but have recently read that 2 juvenile dark bellied brent geese flew past fairhaven lake nature reserve this afternoon, my have been them ?

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A visit over to Starr Gate...

Tide was out and although it had started to come in, it was difficult to get good views out to sea.

Common Scoters- a group 4, then singles flying low far out, then Steve picked up on another 9 flying low.
3 Cormorant fishing
2 Great Crested Grebe far out
3 Shelduck
3 Redshank
Oystercatcher here and there
Herring Gulls
Black-headed Gulls
3 Mallard over
2 Meadow Pipit
A few Auk-type low flying far out (could've been Guillemot or Razorbill, unsure)
...and a couple of unidentified dots, too far out!

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Day out in and around Blackpool with the missus. Excellent prolonged views of the Great Grey Shrike at Lytham Moss.We were watching the bird for a good forty minutes,occasionally it was getting harassed by linnets,greenfinch etc.,,but it spent lengthy periods perched up on the bushes around Easterleigh Animal Sanctuary. Other highlights included two Purple Sandpipers amongst the Turnstones and Redshanks, at the go-kart track high tide roost.Also saw a flock of at least 120 Linnets feeding on seeds at the old Pontin's site, plus a few smallish rafts of Common Scoter off Starr Gate. Cheers Chris.

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1-2:30 this afternoon,Bispham Beach. Low tide,surreal sight of a lone Whooper Swan,on the sea, surrounded by some bemused looking Herring Gulls.Also 6 Sandwich Terns,and plenty of Oystercatchers,Redshanks,turnstones and Sanderling.Also Grey Seal close in. Cheers Chris

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There was a European White-fronted goose with a small party of Pinkfooted geese in fields off Fluke Hall Lane this afternoon. More interesting perhaps was an orange-legged goose with 1500 Pinkfeet on Pilling Marsh from Lane Ends car park. Only saw it for a few seconds before it walked into a gutter and was subsequently flushed minutes later by a helicopter. Looked like one of those pesky orange-legged Pinkfeet from brief view but might be worth keeping an eye open for if in the area.

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Sorry, should have said that was Yesterday, January 29th.

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Walk from Fleetwood to the Weatherspoons under Blackpool Tower. Well deserved drink!

Highlights included:

Purple Sandpiper 1
Eider 2m
LT Duck 1m
Red-throated Diver 1
Red-breasted Merganser 2f/imm
Turnstones
Sanderlings
Redshanks
Ringed Plovers
Oystercatchers
Pinkfeet Geese 11
Linnets

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starr gate...

6 snow buntings, showing very well about 50yds from the tram stop but moving around a lot due to people & dogs along the beach smile

hundreds of common scoters out at sea, 2 great crested grebes, could not find anything else.

4 bar tailed godwits

2 knot

70+ sanderlings

12 turnstones

1 shelduck flying south

lots of oystercatchers

no signs of the shag that has been seen recently in Stanley park .



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Trip to Blackpool area this a.m. Started at Fairfield Rd feeding station nr Singleton at 8.30 just as fresh seed was being put down, within minutes there were 25+ Tree Sparrow present along with lots of Chaffinch.

Then onto Starr Gate for a spot of sea watching, high tide and very rough sea, however I did make out lots of Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver and 1 Great Northern Diver, also lots of Oystercatcher and Knot flying around. I was told that a Great Skua had also been seen this morning.

Cheers Ian 



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Dark-bellied Brent Goose and Red-breasted Goose (presumed escapee?) on Pilling Marsh from Lane Ends car park yesterday morning. Also two Peregrines. The morning flight of Pinkfeet leaving the marsh at dawn is well worth getting up early for.

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late post for 30th nov.

blackpool, north pier...

7 red throated divers
20+ great crested grebes
hundreds of common scoters

knott end to pilling (fluke hall lane) a long walk but very rewarding.

a nice flock of 100+ twite, several of them ringed.
1 eider, male
oystercatchers
lapwings
curlews
turnstones
ringed plovers
redshanks
dunlins
black tailed godwits
meadow pipits & linnets
3 little egrets
in the fields next to fluke hall lane...
200+ whooper swans, could not find any bewicks
loads of red legged partridges
2 tree sparrows
on the long walk back good close views of 2 tawny owls.
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I cant believe I forgot to mention this earlier but whilst at pilling as the sun was setting (a beautiful one) the most spectacular site of many a thousands of pink footed geese going on to the estuary, amazing smile

-- Edited by steven burke on Sunday 1st of December 2013 09:33:30 PM

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Five Bewick swans (3 adults, 2 juvs) between the Bradshaw Lane feeding station and Eagland Hill this morning, mixing with a flock of c25 Whoopers. Red-breasted goose on Pilling Marsh from Lane Ends, looking totally unplastic as it flighted into the teeth of a gale over the flooded marsh!

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