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RE: Rossall Point


22/4/18 06:00-07:40am
1 Tree Pipit over.
1 Red Throated Diver.
2 Eider
1 Wheatear.
1 Whitethroat.
1 Chiffchaff.
36 Linnets
55 Ringed Plover.
19 Turnstone.
Lots off Skylarks and Meadow pipits.

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Sorry its a day late but late getting in last night. Went on 18th and two female wheatears and three males all showing well at back near the golf course. 25 x Dunlin 12 x sanderling 21 x Ring plover 1 x Grey Plover and loads of meadow pipits, skylarks, Pied/white wagtails and linnets. Pics of wheatears below.

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One lone Purple Sandpiper showing well (see photo) in Turnstone roost on Fleetwood Marine lake just down from Rossall Point

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11.30-12.30 today: 

Red Throated Diver, Dunlin, 70 Sanderling, 20 Ringed Plover, 12 Common Scoter, 10 Eider, Stonechat, 4 Linnet, 8 Guillemot/ Razorbill distant.  Snow Bunting reported, but couldn't find it. 



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High Tide from Yesterday, 8th November.

Common Scoter 10+
Eider 2m.
Lapwing 1
Sanderling 50+
Ringed Plover 20+
Oystercatchers
Stonechat 1m 1f.
Meadow Pipit 2
Skylark 5 on golf course.
Pied Wagtail 6+
Linnet 10+
Great Black-backed Gull 1
Kestrel 1m.
Cormorants

On nearby model boat lake:

Goldeneye 2f.
Redshanks
Turnstones

A Peregrine and Sparrowhawk seen at the Airport, whilst having a comfort stop at Morrisons.

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high tide 2nd May
3 Black Tailed Godwits
50+ Dunlin
2 Ringed Plover
16 Linnet
2 Wheatear
High light being a Warbler in the Sand dunes that looked like it could have been a wood Warbler but think it to be a 1st Summer Willow Warbler. (poor record shots attached )

Cheers Steven

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09.00-13.00

Arrived 1hr after high tide.

Offshore

7 Eiders, 2 Sandwich Terns and 1 Grey Seal.

Shoreline/Beach

12 Sanderlings, 2 Oystercatchers, plus Ringed Plover and Dunlin.

The edge of the Golf Course

4 Linnets, 1 Kestrel and a couple of Small Tortoiseshell butterflies.

Plenty of Herring, Lesser Black Back and Great Black Backed Gulls along the shore.

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We were there today mid-afternoon and managed to see the Shorelark - even managed a couple of photos on an iPhone through the bins as it was only about 10 yards away at times.

Spent most of its time fairly high up the beach (nearest to the path) and just to the left of the tower as we faced the sea.

A male and female Stonechat were very obliging sitting on the fence posts by the golf course, often joined by a couple of very showy wrens.

Other birds just as Keth's list below, but minus the Merganser, but plus good numbers of Ringed Plover.

-- Edited by Robert Farmer on Saturday 7th of February 2015 09:00:49 PM

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Yesterday - Wed
Arrived around 1pm, never seen so many dog walkers, there was even a van whose business was dog walking!

Needless to say I dipped on the Shore Lark, even though I spent 2.5 hours looking for it and the tide was in.

Birds seen

Stonechat - in car park

Turnstone

Common Redshank

Sanderling

Great Black-Backed Gull

Wren

Common Gull

Black-Headed Gull

Oystercatcher

Curlew - flew off-shore as the tide receded.


On the marina lake

Red-Breasted Merganser (M) flew in off the sea

Tufted duck

Mute Swan

-- Edited by Keith Williams on Thursday 22nd of January 2015 10:24:31 AM

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After finding my great grey shrike at lythen st annes this morning and made it to see the shore lark by 1pm. All done on public transport too. Nice and quiet with only a few dog walkers on the field with the lark. (My 2nd sighting here now). Nice!! Very bitter cold wind though. Nothing special seen on boating lakes this time!!

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shore lark still showing well this afternoon at close range just left of the observation tower.
other birds around...
redshank
ringed plover
oystercatcher
turnstone
sanderling
curlew
tufted duck on basin next to marine lake.
all the usual gulls around
5 skylark

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Yesterday 3:15 birds seen were: Shore lark showing within 5 metres to the left of the observation tower. Dunlin Sanderling Turnstone Skylark Curlew

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Hi Paul

It was me! It's always nice to meet a fellow forum member.

I spent an hour trying to find the Shore Lark from about 1130, I was the only birder on the beach, eventually picked it up feeding amongst about 20 Turnstones. What a great bird, it was a lifer for me, had to laugh when it flew up to the picnic tables and put on a show for everyone, I'd been cursing it earlier...continued to show beautifully for everyone through the afternoon.

Before the high tide I saw a couple of Red-breasted Merganser drop on to the sea briefly when the tide was coming in, also 1 flying north while we looked for the Snow Bunting. There was a small flock of Redshank on the Marine Lake mud too, seen as I headed back.

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1.15pm-3.30pm Shore lark giving excellent views on the field opposite the car park and then moving down sea front past the observation tower and then back to the car park field( it seemed to be following us) c100 sanderling , c60 ringed plover and a few of turnstone and dunlin roosting above tide line, No sign of snow bunting for us. Nice to meet Manchester birder Simon (sorry I didn't get surname).

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08:00-10:45 am
Shorelark moving between field and beach
Snow Bunting taking seed left on groyne where path meets promenade from car park
Purple Sandpiper on beach with ringed Plover
1 Goldeneye on boating lake.
8 Pink-footed Geese flew over first light (100+ in field near GalaGran caravan site)
2 Eider on river at Fleetwood Marsh country park.

Cheers Steven have a great Christmas everyone.


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The road acording to google maps is called "Laidleys walk" even though its the main coast road. The map I have shows the coast bending at rossall point observatory tower from northwards and bends toward eastward until it reaches the main harbour. I do hope this helps and I do apologize for any confusion. A post code I used to find the spot was FY7 8PG. Its the far north tip of the golf course. There used to be 2 lakes/ponds but they have drained the 2nd one. Both are found along the coast road down the short banking that should be on the left hand side.

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I had to check I had the right post I was in and not in other wildlife section, as turtle? Anyway, I found the shore lark, came within 30ft. Fantastic! I stayed in one spot between the golf course and the car park and allowed it to come to me rather then risk frighten it and it worked. Other birds found was loads of sanderlings, common ringed plovers and dunlins along the coast and if you head further up the road heading east, there is a lake with red breasted mergansers close (1 female and 2 male) and a little further an area drained with loads of common redshanks, turnstones and 4 purple sandpiper all sheltering from the wind.

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Sad end to the Formby Turtle saga.. Died this morning of pneumonia and sceptesimia.... Hope the Walney one survives..
Rob


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It is at Maryport John... Believe they are being kept away from any disturbance whilst recovering... as is the Formby turtle at RSPCA Stapeley, Nantwich..
If anyone does find one Contact numbers are.. Rob Penrose... 01239 683033
RSPCA 0300 1234999..
Hope that's ok posting Ian, just thought it relevant at the moment..
Thanks..
Rob

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I gather the Walney turtle is now at Maryport aquarium, Cumbria. Don't know if it's on show - I'd guess not.

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If anybody is out and about Birding on the Lancashire Coastline over the Holidays keep an eye out on the Beaches and tideline for stranded Turtles... There has been an unprecedented influx of Kemp's Ridley Turtles " cold stunned" into the Irish Sea... I was amazed to find one on Saturday off Formby Beach and another has been recovered off Walney Island, Cumbria.... Another in Holland has since died..They have all been Juveniles affected by the unseasonably cold sea's off the East Coast of USA..Both " The Irish Sea Two" as they have been nicknamed, are slowly recovering and should one day hopefully be flown back to where they should be....

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Tanmay I think it was me who told you about the Shorelark, cheers for the info about Snow Bunting it was spot on!! Saw the Shorelark flying again around 2.45 back on to the beach.

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Thanks John for the info

Same re no grey phalarope, but shore lark (is it one word or two, books and internet seem to disagree on this one?) showed until around 2pm. A birder I met said it was flushed by a dog walker and had disappeared.

Snow bunting showed well down to a few feet.
Other waders as described in previous posts.

Chuffed to get some birding done after about 3 months away from the hobby, with pretty much the only wildlife seen in that 3 months dead rats and pigeons, and some common waterfowl.







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10:30 to 12:30 - In addition to Rob's sightings, a single Dunlin, lots of Redshank and Turnstone and a few Red-breasted Merganser.

The Shore Lark and Snow Bunting both gave sensational views. The only downer was the lack of Grey Phalarope - a bit of a bogey bird for me. A cracking morning though.

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cracking views of both despite the wind 1pm

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A little tip for anyone going for the Snow Bunting.
Walk approx 200yds passed the tower and look out for the Turnstones as it frequently stays close to them. But if you keep low against the wall and brave the piercing wind then you will get lucky and it will come right up to the front of the shingle to within feet. It knows you are there as it keeps glancing up at you but remain still and it sticks around for a while. Don't be tempted to stand up and get a better camera shot as some birders did...it will fly off!
Hope this helps.
Rob

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1 male Eider flying low over the water not far off shore

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Snow Bunting showing extremely well down to approx 6ft just south of tower

Shore Lark showing on grass near car park down to 10ft

Ringed Plover - everywhere
Sanderling - approx 40-50
Oystercatcher - lots

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The Grey Phalarope has been there for quite a few days close in on the tideline.The Shorelark tends to be near the car park or out from the tower on the shore as is the snow bunting.

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thanks all for info. apparently the shorelark is showing well by the tower (so Ive been told) is that still the case? Planning on going tomorrow. Presumably the grey phal was out at sea, and just a chance sighting?

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Ian McKerchar wrote:

Karl Bishop wrote:

Shore Lark , Snow Bunting and Phalarope present till 1pm
Cheers
Karl





Presumably you mean Grey Phalarope Karl?


Yes wasn't sure on exact species but been confirmed since ...
Thanks
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Karl Bishop wrote:

Shore Lark , Snow Bunting and Phalarope present till 1pm
Cheers
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Presumably you mean Grey Phalarope Karl?

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Shore Lark , Snow Bunting and Phalarope present till 1pm
Cheers
Karl

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David Shallcross posted on Leigh Ornithology facebook site that is was present this morning.

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Tanmay Dixit wrote:

Any news on whether the shorelark is still present? Not seen/heard any reports since Tues.





Seems it was seen since on Wednesday 17th Tanmay, but nothing on the Fylde birding site after that.

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Any news on whether the shorelark is still present? Not seen/heard any reports since Tues.

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Both Shorelark and Snow Bunting still present at 11:30 today, not far from the tower.

Info thanks to Brian Fogg

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Shore Lark and Snow Bunting still present in the same locations at around 13.00

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Sunday 14th of December 2014 08:53:34 PM

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As per Steven, minus the Purple Sandpiper,
.but also a Snow Bunting was seen drinking from the puddles on the path and then feeding west (?) of the watchtower beside the groynes about 11am.
smile
Very wet!
Cheers
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Shore Lark showing well on Field next to car park today 14/12/14 and yesterday 13/12/14
Also Purple Sandpiper on Beach where path meets prom from car park.
Snow Bunting showed well Saturday 13th but not able to locate Sunday
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Shore Lark showing very well down to less than 10 meters at 1.15 just to West of watchtower.
Also Purple Sandpiper 2 groynes to East with many Turnstone, Sanderling, Ringed Plover and Oystercatcher.

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had the shore lark down to 10 yards away from me this afternoon, lifer for me also smile
bumped into pete hines who had found a purple sandpiper along the tide line away from the shore lark a few hundred yards to the right of the tower.
1 stonechat
5 linnet
turnstone, oystercatcher, sanderling & ringed plover.

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Nice to meet you too Rob, yeah this little bird's well worth the trip up the M55, the first Shore Lark I've ever seen on the West coast.I bet that woman with the two Staffys,
ear's are burning tonightfuriousconfuse
After we parted company we went Bunting hunting ( the Snow variety, at Starr Hills ) and dipped. Then on a Shrike hike at Lytham Moss , and dipped again.
C'est la vie Cheers Chris.

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Shore Lark still present on the shingle not far from the lookout tower.

A lifer for me. A belting little bird, very easy to miss as it is camouflaged so well, even the yellow face seems to blend in with the surroundings at times, luckily it doesn't stay still for long so you can pick it up again quite easily with the naked eye. It was flushed by dog walkers but refound further along the shingle, Well worth the trip up here!

Other birds of note...
1 Stonechat in the car park (and still bobbing around here and there)
Approx 75+ Sanderling maybe more.
Few Oystercatcher
10+ Ringed Plover
Plenty of Turnstone
Few Cormorant over
Herring Gulls and Black-headed Gulls

Nice to meet Chris Greene and his wife, and also some familiar faces again.


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1/2/2012 10:15-11:00

In the area for work, quick 45 mins sea watch

I think I was slightly south of Rossall Point, near a field next to Rossall School

5 male 1 female Common Eider
2 Pairs of Red-breasted Merganser
3 Sandwich Tern
2 Gannet
c20 Common/Arctic Tern at distance
1 Skua pale phase Arctic type
2 Cormorant
2 Oystercatcher
1 Ringed Plover
6 Turnstone
1 Wheatear on the beach

and a Seal, probably Grey, only seen once.

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15/9/10

Certainly not the huge numbers seen in the Mersey narrows, but good close sightings nevertheless. A five hour watch sheltering beside the coastguard tower produced:

1 Great Skua
1 Arctic Skua
6 Leach`s Storm-petrel
5 Manx Shearwater

1 Razorbill
20+ Guillemot
4 Gannet
1 Sandwich Tern
2 Kittiwake

Sanderlings
Turnstones
Ringed Plovers
Dunlins

(Missed a reported Sabine`s Gull no.gif)

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A New Building is being planned at Rossall Point which will include a Bird Watching Observatory. It's part of Wyre Borough Council Seachange Project and a company called BCA has been selected. The project is planned for this year.

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10/7/10

Early morning sea-watch with Mr Meadows:

c12 Gannet
40+ Common Scoter
1 Eider (f)
2 Sandwich Tern
1 Common Tern
6 Cormorant
100+ Lesser Black-backed Gull
20+ Black-headed Gull
c10 Herring Gull

1 Golden Plover
55+ Dunlin
8 Ringed Plover
3 Redshank
6+ Curlew
50+ Oystercatcher

9 Swift
6 Swallow
3 Skylark
1 Meadow Pipit

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8/5/10

A sea-watch with Mr Meadows & Mr Hargreaves.............yes, it was Northerly winds and on a falling tide confuse.gifno.gif, but we are from Wigan, and we live in mud huts wink.gif

1 Arctic Skua (juv dark-morph), heading N, close inshore at 10:00...Deep joy, a lifer for Geoff biggrin.gif
6 Gannet
3 Sandwich Tern
2 Red-breasted Merganser
8 Eider
3 Knot
1 Turnstone
1 Sanderling
6 Ringed Plover
c40 Dunlin
2 Whimbrel
5 Shelduck
5 Oystercatcher
1 Auk sp
5 Wheatear (golf course)
Skylarks, Linnets, Swallows, Meadow Pipits etc..

Called in at Marton Mere on the way home: little of note, except for hearing (but not seeing bleh.gif) one of the Cetti`s Warblers, a Lesser Whitethroat, and a Grasshopper Warbler.

Beltin day smile.gif

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12/7/09

A pretty uneventful 6 hour sea-watch, with Mr Thorpe (junior) joining in half way through (he just cannot bear to leave the Flashes for too long no.gif) :

5 VERY DISTANT Manx Shearwaters (Rob picked these up just as they were heading round the Great Orme !),
20+ Gannets,
5+ Sandwich Terns,
c10 Bar-tailed Godwits,
2 Knot,
10 Ringed Plovers,
15+ Dunlin,
2 drk Common Scoters,
3+ Eiders,
4 Curlew,
50+ Oystercatchers,
(pr) Stonechat round the coastguard tower.


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