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Wednesday, July 3rd. Walk from Fluke Hall(Pilling) to Knott End, inland to return.

Seen from the sea wall. Early migrants:

Wheatear 1
Common Gull 1

plus

Shelducks
Curlews
Black-tailed Godwits
Oystercatchers
Redshanks
Lapwings
Meadow Pipit 1
Skylarks
BH Gulls/Herring Gulls/LBB Gulls/1 GBB Gull
Sedge Warblers 3
Whitethroats
Chiffchaffs 2
Tree Sparrow 3
Linnets
Swifts
Swallows
House Martins

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Wednesday, April 10. Rossall Point to Fleetwood Ferry, nice lunch at the Corner Cafe and return.

Fairly quiet over the high tide.

Scoter 1
Redshank 4
Dunlin 2
Turnstone 50+
Sanderling 50+
Ringed Plover 3
Oystercatcher 1
Wheatear 1f
Meadow Pipits
etc.

Then Fleetwood Marsh Nature Reserve.

Water Rail 2 with good views of both.
Wheatear 2m 2f
Skylark 2 singing.
Great Crested Grebe 1
Coot 14
Tufted Duck 4
Plenty of Herring and Lesser Black-backed Gulls.
etc.

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Went in search of the Snow Goose in very apt weather. Unfortunately missed out but did see
Merlin
Yellowhammer
Linnet
Corn Bunting
Grey Heron
Pink Footed Geese (100s)
4 Brown Hares

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Warton Marsh

Great White Egret - showed well but distant
18 Little Egret
Buzzard - sat on a post
150+ Curlew
100+ Pink-footed Geese
20+ Snipe
20+ Golden Plover
100's of Teal
24 Whooper Swan

lots of shooting going on

in feilds north of the marsh - Lytham Moss?
14 Bewick Swan
20 Whooper Swan
4 Grey Partridge

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Fairhaven Lake, Lytham:

The female Long-tailed Duck was showing well in the gloom / drizzle this afternoon. Nothing else of note to report other than plenty of noisy Oystercatchers and 2 Knot on the salt marsh very close to the seawall giving good views.

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Spent this afternoon wandering round The Fylde and surrounds looking for swans. Had a single Bewick's Swan with 54 Mute Swans off Moss Lane at Upper Thurnham.

At Lytham Moss there were 15 Bewick's with 72 Whoopers in field off Wild Lane and then 17 Bewick's inc 1 juvenile with 247 Whoopers in field off Heyhouse Lane. Sparrowhawk also here.

At Pilling Lane ends little to report with visibility poor and birds distant. 1600 Pink-footed Geese, 3 Little Egrets and a very lethargic Peregrine.

The Long-tailed Duck at Fairhaven Lake initially proved surprisingly hard to find and then showed well in front of the cafe. Impressed with the replica Spitfire too!

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After successfully twitching the Eastern Olivaceous Warbler, myself, Jason Atkinson and Alex Jones stopped off on our way home and had a few brief views of the Pallas's Warbler at Knott End on Sea.

Full marks to Chris for allowing access to his back garden to view the bird in the Sycamore Tree a couple of gardens away.



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Pete Hines wrote:

Found an adult Mediterranean Gull round the corner in a field with Black-headeds at Carr House Stud on Green Dick's Lane (don't ask )

Also saw a Pink-footed Goose among the 1000's from Pilling embankment wearing a pale blue neck collar with black letters TXF.





Ah you were the Med Gull finder Pete! I went round there and all the gulls had gone by 3.30pm. I was told they'd all relocated somewhere near Fluke Hall but I couldn't find them over the tall hedges

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Found an adult Mediterranean Gull round the corner in a field with Black-headeds at Carr House Stud on Green Dick's Lane (don't ask )

Also saw a Pink-footed Goose among the 1000's from Pilling embankment wearing a pale blue neck collar with black letters TXF.

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I was there myself this afternoon and what a cracking bird - surely the best looking Phylloscopus. And how generous was Chris letting all and sundry wander into his back garden. He told me his garden list is over 150!

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Popped up to the north Fylde today with Chris Neild in search of 2 little gems that were there yesterday. First stop was Knott End for a Pallas's Warbler that has been in birder Chris Batty's garden, & adjacent gardens, for several days. Chris has kindly given open access to his back garden through the side gate by his garage. Joining several birders already on Chris's back lawn the bird was soon relocated in its favourite sycamore a couple of gardens away. This gorgeous warbler showed on & off for the next couple of hours, even allowing scope views, but most of the time it was much easier with binoculars.

Reluctantly leaving it behind we popped up to the coast for lunch & watch a close flock of drake & female Eiders as well as several Sanderling, 2 Knot, Redshanks & Oystercatchers whilst eating our sarnies & having a warming flask of coffee - although in the sunshine it was very warm for October.

Next stop was only a few miles away but required a long drive down over Shard Bridge & up the other side into Fleetwood. Here we stopped at The Mount - a small local park - and started our search. A much harder bird than the Pallas's, we eventualkly had excellent views of the Yellow-browed Warbler as it fed on a large feeding circuit with Blue, Coal & Great Tits.

Not a bad day out in the NW with these two east coast speciallities just a few miles apart

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late post for yesterday 24th march.

blackpool,north pier to karting track 10-1pm.

2 red throated divers
2 eiders 1m 1f
1 great crested grebe
no common scoters
2 wheatears 1m 1f my first for the year
3 meadow pipits,more over.
100+ turnstones & redshanks
oystercatchers, cormorants & usual gulls.

knott end, 2-5.30pm.

no signs off the black redstart,but still had a good few hours there in the lovely sunshine.
200+ sanderlings
12 eiders 6m 6f, close views for a change.
hundreds off oystercatchers
50+ curlews
22 redshanks
1 turnstone
24 shelducks
2 peregrine falcons (being very noisey)
1 chiffchaff
3 pied wagtails
2 meadow pipits, more over.
2 rooks
3 siskins
plus usual gulls.
starlings mimicking waders espeacially curlews

good day out

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Tuesday, 20th March.

Fleetwood Marsh Nature Park:

Ring-necked Duck...good views of adult male on first pool on left of car park.
Pochard 1f
Tufted Ducks 10+
Shoveler 3m
Little Grebe 1
GtCrested Grebe 1
Herring Gulls
Lesser Black-backed Gulls
Great Black-backed Gull 1
Skylarks
Meadow Pipit 1

On the River Wyre:

Eider 1m
Wigeon 9
Redshank 5
Cormorant 1

Marton Mere:

Cetti's Warbler 1 singing near first hide on left of mere.
Water Rail 1 heard.
Goldeneye 5
Teal
Shoveler 9m 1f
Chiffchaff 1 singing.
Gadwall 1m
Oystercatcher 2
Kestrel 2

etc.etc.etc.

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Had a trip in fylde today started of at stargate Blackpool for bit of sea watching not good conditions AM but did pic out one red-throated diver
good few oystercatchers and redshank and odd turnstone on beach.

Then up to Fleetwood as tide went out 9 eider in channel just up from life boat station lots of oystercatchers again redshank and few others on sand bank far side of channel.
Had look round marine lake nothing on there apart from a few gulls and few turnstones on grass on road side.

Then over to Knot End for some great views of black redstart befor heading home will be going back soon
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-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Tuesday 6th of March 2012 08:41:16 PM

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a walk through stanley park on the way to marton mere with roy ridings...

1 sparrowhawk
1 great spotted woodpecker
4-5 nuthatches
1 pied wagtail
the usual tits and finches around,plus all usual birds on the lake inc great crested grebes & tufted ducks.
several hybrids around inc chinese goose.

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cheers jon , i think ive found it on google earth now with you saying that , yep might do that walk you suggest as well.
cheers Terry

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Terry
I walked down from the Wyre Estuary Country Park on Sunday. It's about a 20 minute walk but plenty to see along the estuary on your way down. Good luck

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cheers Nick , i'm assuming burglars alley is a local name but i'll try and get hold of a os map , thanks again.

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Terry, here's the directions as given on RBA.

From derelict offices on B5268 Fleetwood road follow Burglars Alley footpath east for half a mile then south. SD340.446.

Hope this helps.

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could somebody by any chance please give me some directions from the nearest bus stop to thornton ICI reservoir , i know its off fleetwood road somewhere but a google serch has left me scratching my head. Many thanks for any help.

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Late post for 1st to 3rd Feb. a few days around the Fylde coast...
Around karting track, opposite Sheraton Hotel :
40+ sanderling , 50+ redshank , 3 purple sandpipers ,40+ turnstone ,plus a few knot and dunlin. Two rock pipits ,busying around the " concrete cliffs ." Good numbers of black-headed, herring , lesser and greater black backs.
Fleetwood boating lake : pair of red-breasted merganser , 60+ turnstone ,pair of goldeneye. Also pair of red-breasted merganser on marina at Fleetwood Freeport...
Knott End : 300+ oystercatchers , plenty of redshank and turnstone , 4 ringed plover , good numbers of shelduck and curlew. 6 female and 3 male eiders , and approx 30 scoter, out past sandbank, Finally great views of the very photogenic black redstart, which has been resident at the abandoned building site , near the ferry slipway ...

Cheers Chris

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A very pleasant hike today, starting at Lytham LifeBoat Station, East to Warton Airfield, inland and return.
Wednesday, 1st February.

Warton Marsh:
Bewick's and Whooper Swans.
Shelducks.
Teal.
Mallard.
Little Egret 1.
Great White Egret 1******.
Linnets.
Meadow Pipits.
Greylag Geese.

Green Drive Walk, Lytham:
Buzzard 1.
Jay 2.
Firecrest 1*****.

General Area:

Golden Plovers.
Snipe 2.
Curlews.
Dunlins.
Lapwings.
etc.etc.etc...46 species in total.


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spent the day at blackpool north,only walked just over 2 miles and it took most off the day. here from 10.30-5pm,but got the target bird i was after & a few extras....
1 PURPLE SANDPIPER (lifer) showing well at the karting track on queens promenade opposite sheraton hotel.
now not big numbers off birds,but a nice mixed variety at close range...
1 ringed plover
7 sanderlings
6 knot
1 curlew
35 turnstones, but several more along the beach & steps.
100+ redshanks
lots off oystercatchers
1 rock pipit
plus all usual gulls.

on the sea,which was nice & calm...
17 eiders, 13 males 4 females.
did have 83 common scoters at a reasonable viewing range,but hundreds more at distance,could not id any velvets,if there was any.
3 shelducks
18 great crested grebes
96 pink footed geese (over,south)
and a fairly large starling roost,probably 5000+ on central pier.

good day

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I was early for the football today so popped to Granny's Bay at Fairhaven not too many birds about Where I looked but pleased at what there was, couple of Shelduck, about a dozen Oyestercatchers, 2 Curlews and 4 Pintail.

3 new spots for 2012.

Then as the game at Bloomfield Rd was drawing to a close, a nice flock of starlings circled the ground in time to herald an injury time equaliser for the Tangerines.

Not a bad afternoon all told.

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After visiting Warton Bank and Lytham today, I popped up to Fleetwood and Rossall Point at high tide. At Fleetwood I saw a group of three male and two female Eider Ducks on the sea as well up to eight Turnstones feeding along the water's edge before they came inland to only a couple of metres from me. There were also a few Redshank and Sanderling (or Dunlin) at the water's edge.

A quick walk along the sea wall to Rossall Point at dusk produced a group of 20-30 Turnstones roosting on the pebbly beach and later a goup of about the same number of Sanderling (or Dunlin) doing the same a little further down the beach. I missed them completely until they started making a noise - hunkered down, they look just like pebbles!

Fabulous moody sunset too - a great end to a good day out.

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here just before 11am only for half an hour before making my way to marton mere. very windy & rough sea that still did not bother the common scoters,hard to get good count but still managed over 100
1 great crested grebe, all usual gulls, cormorants & oystercatchers.

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Louise Aspden wrote:

I spent Christmas in St Annes and was looking forward to see a good variety of waders but apart from several hundred Oystercatchers I didnt see, or at least recognise, any other species, quite a disappointment.





The local bird club has a site guide here and sightings page here. Hope they are of use for future trips.

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I spent Christmas in St Annes and was looking forward to see a good variety of waders but apart from several hundred Oystercatchers I didnt see, or at least recognise, any other species, quite a disappointment.

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went to north pier blackpool for an hour before going to marton mere,and glad i did managed to see at least 200 common scoters on the sea,but obviously more in the distance towards south pier. other birds...
cormorants, oystercatchers, redshanks, 2 great crested grebes
g b b gulls, l b b gulls, herring gulls, common gulls, b h gulls.
2 grey seals.

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Ring-Necked Duck showing well this morning @ Bispham, reported on The Flyde site as Bispham Marsh which was actually 2 ponds off Kincraig Rd opposite the Spa.

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A few stops on the Fylde today with John Barber for company.

First stop was Fleetwood Marsh NR for the Ring Necked Duck. The bird was easily found and gave good views as it was tucked in close to the near banking due to the biting wind. Had a quick wander before returning to the car for a brew. Other stuff present were: -

4 Mute Swan
1 Little Grebe
c10 Coot
c10 Tufties
Blackheaded gull
LBB gull
Herring gull
Common gull

From here we went for a mooch along the front at Fleetwood near to the boating lakes. Not much on the lakes but on the shore line were hundreds of gulls and Oycs with a few Sanderling and Dunlin thrown in for good measure. Scanned the gulls with the hope of finding something decent but no joy unfortunately.

After this it was a quick visit to Wyre Country park for a look and a sandwich but not much seen here apart from a few mixed gulls and a Curlew.

We then took a chance and headed for Mythop Lane near Staining where a few days ago a White fronted goose was reported. After a bit of hunting around, we eventually discovered a field in the far distance holding upwards of around 1500 Pink feet. A very distant check through them though couldn't turn any of them into a White fronted so off we went to our last stop, the Iceland gull at Preston docks.

The bird wasn't present when we arrived but after a wait of about 20 minutes it eventually turned up and gave good views.

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Went 'ringing' today with Messers Rigby & Rayner

Ring-necked Duck at Fleetwood Marsh, showing very well, then good fly-over and brief perched views from the Parakeets at Lytham Crematorium.

Completed our hat trick over in Yorkshire with the Gull at Mirfield.

Reasonable assortment of grebes and other ducks at Fleetwood Marsh. Low tide at Fleetwood Marine Drive, so only 3 Eider, but plenty of gulls - also feeding on starfish-and a good selection of waders.

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Started off at Fleetwood Marsh Nature Park

Drake Ring Necked Duck showing very well on pool near car park

Onto Cleveleys

1 Purple Sandpiper on groyne
c14 Turnstone
10+ Eider on sea close in
300-400 Sanderling on shore
200-300 Knot flying around
Herring Gulls feasting on starfish
Black Headed Gulls

Some of the locals commented that they had never noticed so many birds on the shore.

A brief look on the fields at Mythop

Teal
Wigeon
Little Grebe

Finishing at Lytham Crem

4 Ring Necked Parakeets calling quietly, at least one male bird present

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Sunday am from Starr Gate - approx 1 hr after high tide on calm, flat seas

870+ Common Scoter
55+ Great Crested Grebes
2 Red-throated Divers
2 Red-breasted Mergansers
19 Eiders
90+ Knot on beach

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Diver still showing at 3-00 today in the third marina. A very mobile bird but did stay in the dock areasmile.gif

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Originally posted by Anne Wilkinson today:

Great Northern Diver still showing really well in the fish dock (1st dock as you drive onto marina). it moves about a lot beneath the pontoons and in all stretches of open water.



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3/1/11

Best bits of a tour of the north Fylde:

Pilling Lane Ends:

1 Bewick`s Swan swimming around with Shelduck
herd of at least 130 Whoopers
1 Peregrine
3 Little Egret
Pinkfeet aplenty, leaving the marsh from roosting
Wigeon, Pintail, Teal, Redshank, Curlew etc

Fluke Hall:

Pinkfeet galore
Red-legged Partridge, Stock Doves, Linnets etc

Knott End:

1 Rock Pipit
1 Turnstone
24 Knot
1 Peregrine
Redshank, Curlew, Oystercatcher, Shelduck etc

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Fleetwood Boating Lake

Thursday 18 Nov 2010 at 16.00

Great Northern Diver feeding.

Also Female Goldeneye on adjacent smaller pool.

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Spent Sunday wandering round the Fylde area.

Nice views of the Ross's Gooose with approx 2500 Pink-feet.

Picked up a Purple Sandpiper with the Turnstones and Redshank on Fleetwood boating lake

Spent high tide watching the waders at Fluke Hall - Oystercatchers, Grey Plovers, Sanderling, Dunlin etc

Female Merlin showing very well at Pilling Lane Ends plus Whooper Swans, more Pink-feet, lots of Curlews and a Raven

Then went to Warton to watch the Glossy Ibis plus Whooper and Bewick's Swans

Finally to Lytham for Ring-necked Parakeet and thousands of Knot on the shore - didn't know about the Caspian Gull at the crem.

Beautiful day and cracking birding!smile.gif

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Thursday 6th of January 2011 05:34:21 PM

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