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Marshside from 1:30pm Saturday 22 .06.24
Sandgrounders hide.
Lots of Avocet and Lapwing plus -
Shelduck, Oystercatcher, Cormorant,Tufted Duck, Teal, Mallard together with a Grt. Black back gull constantly mobbed.
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Common Sandpiper - 2.
Spoonbill - 1.

Junction pool.
Black swan -2.

Nells hide.
Lots of Greylag goose , Lapwing,Starling, several Mute Swan.
Also Cattle Egret, Little Egret and Several Black-tailed Godwit.

Ps. I've not been to Southport for a couple of years and found the small car park is now pay and display but your RSPB card gives you free entry.

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Post for yesterday 25th.

A pleasant day here with lots to see...

2 little gulls, junction pool but a little distant & not very active whilst I was watching them.
1 spotted flycatcher was a nice surprise at junction pool along the fence line.
1 spoonbill, didn't see this until I was leaving late on, it flew past me heading towards nells hide, looked like it landed so i walked back. As I got back to Nells hide it took flight, circled several times & was trying to land again but didn't & flew off.
4 garganey, a pair from nells hide & 2 males on pollys pool.
14 Mediterranean gulls
Loads of Avocets, several with chicks.
9 dunlin
4 ruff
4 ringed plovers
Black-tailed godwits
Redshanks
Lapwings
Oystercatchers
A pair of black swans
Lots of shelducks
Shovelers
Gadwalls
Tufted ducks
Few Pintails
Wigeons
Teal
Lots of little egrets
Several buzzards
1 sparrowhawk
Lots of swifts whizzing around
Swallows
House martins
Sand Martins
Meadow pipits & skylarks mostly along the marsh on my way & Crossens outer marsh.
Cettis warblers heard
Plenty of sedge warblers
Whitethroats
1 blackcap
Plus usual other stuff around.









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1000,s of Dunlin, Oystercatcher, Knot at high tide today from path by car park...Redshank Road. Also many Grey Plover, Black Tailed Godwit and a few Turnstone. 1000's of Pink Footed Geese. 3 Common Snipe flushed.

3 Marsh Harrier and a single Hen Harrier also seen. 100's of Skylark and Meadow Pipit. A Kingfisher was on the stream. Peregrine Falcon hunting and a Raven.

A Water Pipit showed well by the wildfowlers pull in on Crossens Inner Marsh.

Just up the road at Banks Marsh were 3 Great White Egret, Red Breasted Merganser, 2 Marsh Harrier, Goosander, 6 Whooper Swan and 1000's of Pink Footed Geese. 



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Fri 2nd Dec
Working the Ormskirk and Southport route.

- Male Hen Harrier from sand plant, great to watch
- Merlin on post from sand plant
- Marsh Harrier also from sand plant
- Small group of Twite flying round near Sailing Club
- few 100 Black-tailed Godwits from Hesketh Rd
- 2 Raven over the salt marsh
- shed loads of Pink-footed Geese and usual Wildfowl, Tufted Duck, Teal, Wigeon, Pintail, Shoveler



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Late post, two free days and two trips. Each with an early start!

24th October, trip 1 of 2

Influenced by the reports of a Lesser Yellowlegs in the area, I made my way here with 54 species seen.

Started of heading straight for the sewage works, only to be told it was last seen 15 mins at first light before I arrived. I eventually settled in one spot to scan the area more carefully, and after half an hour past, I began to debate whether to move on and see if it had moved in a different location. Next thing, a wader landed close to the path next to the fence and bingo! Lesser Yellowlegs popped right in as if to say "don't panic, here I am." Beautiful views and a lifer for me!!!

Other Highlights include:
Grey wagtail showed well
Curlew briefly very close
(Greater) Scaup, young drake.
Golden plover in large flocks.
Kestrel
Skylark
Ruff
Merlin x2 distant
Stonechat x2
And a handful of Twite with Linnet out on the marsh.

Ta!

(Trip 2 of 2 was Leighton Moss)



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Early afternoon visit primarily to see the Lesser Yellowlegs.

Arrived at the visitor centre to be greeted with wind & rain for an hour where besides the usual cast of ducks, geese, Godwits etc

there was 2 Scaup spotted & at least 50 Snipe.

Finally made my way round to the grassed embankment near the sewage works joining a few other birders for excellent & very close views of the Lesser Yellowlegs (a Lifer for me) which seems to favour an area of mud in front of the new perimeter fence no more than 10 yards away.

Also a Hen Harrier was briefly spotted dropping down into Crossen's Outer Marsh with a single Little Egret nearby.



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Fri 7th Oct

Quick stop at Hesketh Rd and surrounds whilst working in the area.

- Pink-footed Geese in big numbers now
- 1 Marsh Harrier hunting near the pier, chasing Shelduck
- 1 distant Spoonbill near Suttons Marsh
- 1 Cettis Warbler from Hesketh Rd platform
- and a smallish wader from Hesketh Rd that flew in, I watched it for a minute or so before it was flushed, I put it down to an odd looking Ruff.



-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Saturday 8th of October 2022 09:11:32 PM

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Needed a day out, and this seemed to be the best option at the moment due to various issues.

The prolonged hot dry weather we've had this year is certainly taking its toll on water levels,. The best section was in front of the Sandgrousers hide and the central pool on the inner marsh is very shallow that even the Black tailed Godwits could walk across it with ease. The rest has been totally dried out, even those pools that usually escape total evaporation!

Anyway, still managed 51 species, highlights include:

Cattle egret x1 landed briefly
Buzzard caught some vole and ate it.
Cuckoo juvenile was a fantastic pleasure to see close in flight.
Marsh harrier
Sparrowhawk
Wheatear x1 juvenile
Common sandpiper x3
Little ringed plover x1 juv briefly
Great black backed gull
Snipe x3+
Curlew
Ruff x4+

One Pink footed goose had gotten left behind this summer, due to a crippled wing. Looks in good health with the Canada geese.

-- Edited by Richard Thew on Wednesday 17th of August 2022 10:58:25 PM

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This afternoon:

1 Lesser Scaup - male - lifer
2 Curlew Sandpiper - 1 in near full summer plumage
6 Little Egret
Numerous Avocet including a few chicks
Other waders included a few Dunlin, Redshank, Black-tailed Godwit, Lapwing and Ringed Plover.
1 Sedge Warbler singing and showing well
Great Black-backed Gull eating a Moorhen chick

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Lesser Scaup still present at Marshside today.  Was on Rainford's Lagoon seen from Sandgrounders Hide.

 

Other species seen inc

 

Avocet, Redshank, Black Tailed Godwit, Oystercatcher, Lapwing, Swift, House Martin, Little Egret, Grey Heron

 



-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Tuesday 31st of May 2022 04:05:24 PM

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17 th May,wheatear, wren ,greenfinch, linnet, starling, swallow, swift,whitethroat , peregrine , spotted flycatcher ,whinchat on south side of sand plant, dunlin ,ringed plover,oystercatcher on the puddles on seaward side of sand plant  little egret on redshank rd,   from sandgrounders hide avocet, redshank, black tailed godwit, lapwing, pied wagtail,,little  grebe,tufted duck, coot,moorhen, buzzard over,little grebe,pinkfooted goose,canada goose, greylag goose,shoveller,shelduck, mallard,more little egrets,mute swan ,dunlin,skylark  and meadow pipit, black headed gull, cormorant, ruff ,gadwall, woodpigeon, jackdaw, carrion crow, goldfinch, wigeon, good show all round today 



-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Wednesday 18th of May 2022 07:21:15 AM

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10.00-14.30

Crossens Inner Marsh/Sandgrounders : 5 Ruff (Including 3 males in full breeding finery), 2 Common Sandpipers,

30+ Pink footed Geese (Including a skein of 25 that headed North from Crossens, and 1 with a badly damaged wing),

a Cormorant that appeared quite badly oiled, a pair of House Sparrows and 1 singing Sedge Warbler.

Around high tide around 30 Dunlin and 10 Ringed Plovers gathered in front of Sandgrounders.

A Greenfinch was seen trying to encourage a Magpie to leave the bushes alongside the former sand works.

8 Little Egrets and 2 Grey Herons. A Cettis Warbler gave an explosive burst of song near Sandgrounders Hide.

Rimmers Marsh : 2m+1f Pintails, 1 Little Grebe, and 14 Little Egrets (Including a gathering of 12 by Faircloughs Viewpoint.

Avocets, Black tailed Godwits and Redshanks appeared plentiful, whilst 20+ Wigeon were still on the reserve.

A steady trickle of Swallows, House and Sand Martins passed heading North, whilst 1 House Martin was seen collecting mud

from in front of Sandgrounders Hide. No raptors were seen throughout.

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24th April 2022

   With a Black winged Stilt having turned up at RSPB Marshside, Southport, two weeks previously, we thought that it would be a good place to start from. A full team met in Castleton on a nice dry morning and we set off for Southport. News that the bird had been seen first thing hastened us along. Upon reaching the coastal carpark a line of birders could be seen, is it going to be so easy we thought? Upon approaching the birders it became apparent that the Stilt was not being looked at. After a good look around this large area, still holding lots of geese and ducks that are likely to be heading north to their breeding grounds, a Tundra Bean Goose was found and enjoyed by us all. Then, a message came through that the bird was being watched from Nell`s Hide. We thought that that was strange as we were only 150 yards away from there and the hide looked deserted? After a few minutes of pondering, a new message came through to tell us that the bird was on a small pool on Crossens inner marsh. We all headed off at Twitch Speed in pursuit of this Mediterranean beauty and were soon admiring the bird at a distance of 80 yards, or so. Lots of pictures were taken of it and also around 10 Ruff, which included 5 males in their finest breeding plumage. With Redshank, Little Ringed Plover, Curlew all in all a good assortment of waders.

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Yesterday  1 swift,broad billed sandpiper, dunlin,teal ,pinkfooted goose,Canada goose, greylag goose, lapwing, wheatear, red legged partridge, Reed  bunting, house Martin, swallow,meadow pipit, skylark, avocet, ruff ,black headed gull, lesser black backed gull, great black backed gull, mute swan,white wagtail, pied wagtail, yellow wagtail, black tailed godwit, coot,tufted duck , oystercatcher, redshank ,common sandpiper, gadwall 



-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Thursday 28th of April 2022 10:03:20 AM



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Sunday 24th April

The Black-winged Stilt was sighted again but went missing from around 8.30am, and despite checking a few locations and looking back over the main areas from a few different angles, it remained a no show for me.
Just as I was leaving, I bumped into Steve Burke, then a report came in that it had been refound at Crossens Inner Marsh, where Id not long since left. Typical!

Crossens Inner Marsh (opposite Wildfowlers lay-by).
I was the only person here so it was a case of - get scanning and concentrate!
- All the Pink-footed Geese were here so I started scanning and picked out a Russian White-fronted Goose with possibly 2 more but I lost them.
- Tundra Bean Goose suddenly came into view, a big beast of a bird!
- also I noticed a couple of the Pink-footed Geese had orange legs, this doesnt help matters when you are scanning for geese with orange legs in the first place.

Also of note
- few Raven overhead at Marshside Rd
- Cettis Warbler from Hesketh Rd platform
- 1 Red-legged Partridge also from Hesketh Rd
- Ruff in stunning plumage dotted about
- Avocet numbers building up now
- usual Wildfowl & Waders


-- Edited by Rob Creek on Tuesday 26th of April 2022 12:47:12 AM



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Decided to have a visit for the black winged stilt and struck lucky.
1 Black winged stilt showed well at Inner Crossens Marsh.
25+ Ruff.
1 Barnacle Goose amongst the 1000+ Pink footed Geese. .
16+ Avocet.
Cheers Steven.



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Couldn't resist another visit, but this time, for just the afternoon.

Seen 40 species this time, concentrating mostly on the geese.

Highlights include:

Black winged stilt, but much further away. Birdguides said "opposite Nel's hide", but it had since moved between the Hesketh platform and Nel's hide. I sent a correction, but I think the app had glitched and didn't update the information (just so your aware).

White fronted geese showed well but distant. Unfortunately, the Bean goose was last seen in a dip, (popping up occasionally). So I ended up missing out on that.

Pink footed geese x1000s still present.
My best surprise was a Whimbrel flew over the marsh calling.
Knot
Dunlin
Avocet x8 entertained by having a dispute over a tiny island.
Wigeon
Pintail
Ruff
House martin

Ta!

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Brief visit to Nels Hide this morning, where the Black-winged Stilt, present since the 18th, was still around.

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A great day at Marshside today. As Michael said the Black-winged stilt was showing well from Nells hide. A first UK tick for me. Unfortunately I didnt find the Bean goose or White-fronted geese despite searching! In addition: Nells hide: 1 male Wheatear Wood sandpiper showing well A scope from the car park produced: 1 Whinchat 2+ Great white egret Cheers Vicky

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Yesterday seems to have been a Warbler day (@Pennington Flash), today (PM) it was Geese @Marshside...

  • Canada & Greylag Geese (of course)
  • Large flocks of Pink-footed Geese

But in amongst those...

  • Barnacle Goose - 1
  • White-fronted Goose - 2 sightings but may have been same bird, there are apparently 2 or 3 amongst the Pink-footed
  • Bean Goose - 1 (this was pointed out to me, I don't think I would ever otherwise have spotted this amongst the Pink-footed)

Other sightings of note...

  • Black-winged Stilt - showing very nicely from Nel's Hide, those legs are very long, and very red
  • Ruff - many (the most common wader today), in several places, some males almost into breeding plumage
  • Avocet - must be at least a dozen, in several places
  • Little Egret - many, feels strange that what used to be such a rarity is now hardly worth reporting
  • Peregrine - M, caused a bit of commotion, flew around for a bit
  • Black-tailed Godwit - only a handful
  • Little Ringed Plover - 1
  • Common Sandpiper - 2 but might have been same bird

I did not see the Wood Sandpiper but it was seen today from Nel's hide



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Rob Creek wrote:

Hi Richard,
last night when one of the reports came through as the Black-winged Stilt still present, it also said Wood Sandpiper present. Then this morning a report said Wood Warbler showing well in ditch on Hesketh Golf Club.
Both birds could be there and I know the Wood Warbler was observed singing this morning, but theres been no mention of the Sandpiper today that Ive seen.


-- Edited by Rob Creek on Tuesday 19th of April 2022 05:57:06 PM




Thanks Rob, much appreciated.

Apparently, both bird were there this morning. But at the time of my breif visit, the wood sandpiper wasn't viewable. This may have possibly been mostly down to the fact the fact that there was an awful lot of haze from when the sun came out over the marsh. Nobody in the hide knew whether it was still about and nobody had seen it up till around 10:30am- ish at least. I received a report this evening from birdguide that it was spotted again. I unfortunately didn't have time to pursue it as I had to get back for work later, my priority was the Stilt.

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Hi Richard,
last night when one of the reports came through as the Black-winged Stilt still present, it also said Wood Sandpiper present. Then this morning a report said Wood Warbler showing well in ditch on Hesketh Golf Club.
Both birds could be there and I know the Wood Warbler was observed singing this morning, but theres been no mention of the Sandpiper today that Ive seen.


-- Edited by Rob Creek on Tuesday 19th of April 2022 05:57:06 PM

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I missed out yesterday on the Black winged stilt, but I thought I'd free up my morning and have at least a few hours.

I didn't have time to see everything, but I managed 47 species with several others heard.

Those seen include:

Black winged stilt (thankfully still present from Nel's hide) lifer!
Cettis warbler
Sedge warbler
Wheatear
Garganey (distant from Hesketh platform)
Ruff
Marsh harrier
Sparrowhawk (m)
Common gull x2
A likely Great white egret flew along the back, but it was into the sun.

There was a report of a wood warbler nearby, I first went to the wrong spot due to misleading information from birdguides map. Apparently, I would have missed it any case, as it wasn't seen for some time.

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Really good afternoon visit:
Highlights:

1 Black-winged Stilt - Nels hide

Amongst a few hundred Pink-footed Geese on Crossens Outer Marsh were:
1 Snow Goose
1 Tundra Bean Goose
2 Russian White-fronted Geese

5 Wheatear - at Wheatear point!
2 Sedge Warbler singing from dense scrub- neither seen!
2 Cettis Warbler singing - quick glimpse of one
A few Avocets
Good numbers of Ruff and Black-tailed Godwit
5 Little Egret
1 Great White Egret - very distant
2 Buzzard
The usual ducks in good numbers - Pintail, Teal, Wigeon, Shoveler, Tufted Duck

But missed the pair of Garganey



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Good Friday.

Doing the Southport run so called in at Hesketh Rd screen for a quick look. Nice to chat to a few local birders who were saying theyd not had an Osprey yet, but had a Hooded Crow over just before I got there.

- 1 Cettis Warbler singing, showed briefly
- 2 Reed Warbler singing, showed briefly
- 1 Raven flying around with something in its mouth

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Sunday April 10th

Was up early hours picking up family members from the airport, I was bored so scooted over to Marshside for a couple of hours. Nothing unusual, just the usual suspects around.

- No sign of the Ring Ouzel on Hesketh Golf Club that was found by Stuart Darbyshire. I gave it half hour on there but an increasing number of golfers put paid to my search. Lots of Blackbird around just to get you twitching and keep going for your bins.

- Cettis Warbler (min 4)
1 seen at Hesketh Rd screen, another singing yards away from that one, 1 singing well onto the golf club, another near Marine Drive.
- c15 Black-tailed Godwits
- 2 Ruff from Hesketh Rd
- Avocets
- still Pink-footed Geese on salt marsh
- Blackcap & Chiffchaff singing in abundance

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After the Westhoughton trip yesterday I headed to Marshside as I was halfway there from home so it made sense!

My main target was of course the wee Canada Goose but plenty of other bits n bobs too. I statred at the visitor centre where there were lots of birds out on the inner marshes including distant Golden Plovers amongst the Lapwings, the goldies being a yeartick for me. Also out there as I scoped were Pink-footed Geese, Wigeon, Little Egrets, Black-tailed Godwits and Teal. I walked the road to check the numerous flocks of Pink-footed Geese but no small Canada in with them. with no luck I returned to the car and headed up Marine Drive to park at the limited pull in for Crossen's Outer Marsh. This is a favoured area for the goose so I had hope! On scanning the marsh all the geese were miles out, not great. I picked up 2 Great White Egrets and a lovely Peregrine whilst scanning. There were many more Canada Geese out on Crossen's Outer than elsewhere but still big numbers of Pink-footed Geese too. The bad thing was a few photographers way out on the marshes despite notices saying that this was a conservation area with no access. Eventually though I picked up a group of PfGeese with a lone small Canada Goose in with them, the Richardson's Cackling Goose at last. The birds were low in a dip feeding and the views were of it bobbing up into view and then going missing for long periods but better than nothing!



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Early to mid afternoon - went to see if I could locate the Snow Buntings & wasn't disappointed - 6 of them about 250 yards

north of the pier very close to the sea wall & very tame - thanks to a couple from Preston for the exact location - a lifer for me.

Also about 30 flighty Twite but they never landed close enough for decent views.

Plenty of Redshanks & quite a few distant Shelducks along the sea edge.

Popped over to Marshside for an hour where there was at least 500 Golden Plover viewed from Junction Screen.

Elsewhere good numbers of Wigeon, Black-Tailed Godwit, Pink-Footed Geese, Pintail, 3 Little Egret, 2 Greylag Geese,

2 Shelducks & a single Little Grebe. 



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Spent nearly 4 hours searching for the Richardsons Cackling Goose on the outer marsh, without luck, from 10.15 today in sunny and cold weather. Started off from the car park before walking for about one mile to the south and back. Also had 20 mins or so in the hide at the reserve centre. The Goose would appear to have been in the general area since 9th December, Banks/Crossens/Hesketh Out Marsh but also has the tendency to go missing/elsewhere for periods. Still, plenty of decent birds about and just about managed to connect with the Snow Bunting that have also been north of the pier for a while. Views were distant and brief as the birds were flushed by dog walkers and I was unable to relocate them. Amongst others :-

Greylag Goose (5)
Pink-footed Goose (c.1000)
Canada Goose (30)
Shelduck (60)
Shoveler (30)
Gadwall (45)
Wigeon (2000)
Pintail (30)
Teal (35)
Lapwing (350)
Curlew (25)
Black-tailed Godwit (21)
Dunlin (2)
Redshank (5)
Little Egret (4)
Skylark (6)
Stonechat (2)
Linnet (15
Snow Bunting (6)

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Just seen 4 snow buntings extremely close opposite kfc and the marine lake. 2 very white ones. Also, about 50 Twite flying around there and over to the lake. Amazing. Didn't bring the camera. Ah.



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Wow! What a spectacular trip!!!! Giving a much needed break too!!!!!

61 species were seen, and highlights include:

Around Southport pier:

I was sat watching the waders close to high tide, when a fluke flock of Twite landed fairly close to me. Managed a few pictures, but they soon got disturbed by a Cyclist, as it was close to a path. Adding to this, when I was leaving, I was stunned to stumble across 3 Snow buntings, so I enjoyed these for a good half hour.

Other Highlights:

Grey plover
Knot
Dunlin
Sanderling
Turnstone
Redshank

On the main reserve, I found the Glossy ibis from the Nels hide when a Peregrine came and gave a spectacular show and came fairly near to the hide too. I spotted a Merlin in the distance sat on a fence post when a Marsh harrier made an appearance.

Other Highlights included:

Ruff
Snipe
Black tailed godwit
Curlew
Scaup x2
Pintail
Shoveler
Wigeon (most abundant bird on reserve)
Little grebe
Sparrowhawk
Buzzard
Skylark
Linnet
Meadow pipit

Ta!

Ps. From Bolton Station, a Tawny owl flew past in front of my bike lights.



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Sunday 14th, 63 species seen.

Glossy ibis showed well viewed from faircloughs viewpoint on Hesketh Road.
Scaup at junction pool.
On Crossens outer marsh...
Ringtail hen harrier
Short eared owl
2 Merlin
Peregrine falcon
Barn owl
Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
Buzzard
3 stonechat
Lots of pink footed geese, skylarks & meadow pipits.
Good variety of birds a around included...
Little egrets
Shelducks
Gadwall
Tufted ducks
Shoveler
Teal
Mallards
Pintail
Wigeon
Greylag geese
Canada geese
Lapwings
Black tailed godwits
Redshank
Ruff
Snipe
5 red legged partridge.


Curlews

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Friday 22nd Oct

Got into Southport around 12.30 and had a few drops around the area and was done for around 1.30pm.

Totally missed the Ringtail Hen Harrier that was seen flying N up the coast road around that time. Damn!
No Harriers, no Spoonbills, no Cattle Egrets after checking 4 different groups of Cattle.

Just the usuals.
- Pink-footed Geese
- Little Egrets
- Black-tailed Godwits
- Wigeon / Teal / Shoveler
- 5 Kestrel

Nice to chat briefly with a lady who works with a Hen Harrier project in Bowland.

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A few hours today here,gave golden plover, grey plover, dunlin,oystercatcher, common sandpiper, curlew,little egret from the end of the path from the car park seaward,sandgrounders hide black tailed godwit, grey wagtail ,teal, merlin,little grebe,little egret, wigeon,and thousands and thousands  of geese ,greylag, Canada, pinkfooted


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29/5/21 12 - 5pm,avocet,black tailed godwit, ruff displaying to godwits,black headed gull, shoveller,goldfinch, starling, redshank , oystercatchers, buzzard,lapwing, little egret,linnet ,meadow pipit ,skylark, lesser black backed gull,gadwall, reed bunting, sedge warbler, swift,swallow ,house martin ,mute swan Canada goose, greylag, pinkfoot goose,coot,moorhen,kestrel,tufted duck, carrion crow,blackbird, woodpigeon, magpie,glossy ibis on rimmers from nels hide and finally garden warbler and spotted flycatcher at the sand plant,

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Doing the Southport route yesterday, so stopped off for a break around Marshside.

- No sign of the Glossy Ibis for me, checked Rimmers from Marshside Rd up to the Golf Cl but to no avail.
- 1 Wood Sandpiper was a nice surprise
- Black-tailed Godwits
- 2 Ruff
- few Avocets
- Whitethroat
- Chiffchaff
- 1 Cettis Warbler singing from near the halfway screen between Nels and Junction Pool. I heard it whilst I was driving passed on initially then could still hear it whilst stood checking Rimmers Marsh.


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Nice but cold  day,Curlew sandpiper ,spoonbill,great black backed gull, dunlin , ruff,little egret ,sedge warbler,swallow, house martin,kestrel,magpie ,jackdaw,redshank, canada goose, mute swan,black headed gull, tufted duck,mallard ,gadwall,shoveller,shelduck, lapwing, starling, oystercatcher.buzzard,,white wagtail ,black tailed godwit.avocet



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Booked the day off for a specific trip, but, as migration in some areas has been notably slow due to the cold, I had a change of plans I'm so glad I did......

A duel trip. 7:30-12pm at Marshside, and the rest I went to Martin mere.

Species at Marshside = 61, and combined with Martin mere = 76 seen and 2 others heard only.

Highlights include:

No.1 Wood sandpiper: x4 showed really well near the golf course.
No.2 Ruff: several also showing well, and in summer type plumage.
No.3 Great white egret: at last, first seen for a few years with good views.

Common sandpiper x4+
Dunlin
Avocet (didn't see last year due to covid)
White wagtail (with a super example of a female)
Yellow wagtail flew over
Peregrine flew over my head
Buzzard
I spotted a Tundra Bean goose in the distant with pink footed geese. I was fortunate that the sun dipped behind the clouds at that moment otherwise there would be too much haze to identify.
Whitethroat
Sedge warbler
Willow warbler
House martin
Siskin flock over
Linnet
Great black backed gull

....... continued in Martin mere.

You'll have to wait a couple of hours for any pictures on my Flickr page.

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Wednesday 21st April:

1 Blue-headed wagtail with a yellow wagtail from the raised bank past the main hide. Also, 3 yellow wagtails nearby and about 10 white wagtails.

3 sedge warbler. Whitethroats. Pintails. Ruffs in breeding plumage.



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Tuesday 20th April

Dropped Lucas at nursery, Michelle was going shopping with her sister, so I seized the opportunity to do a bit of birding outside of GM for the first time since New Years Eve when I was last here whilst delivering round the corner.

Of note...
- c30+ White Wagtails (Crossens Inner Marsh)
They were all over the drying up marsh. Not straightforward birds to ID, pale Pieds can make it tricky but these looked ok though
- 1 Hobby (CIM)
Thought it was a Peregrine at first, as it got closer I realised it was tailing a Meadow Pipit and I could see some red around the legs, it fooled me for a minute though. It flew over the coast road at speed and off over the Outer Marsh.
- 2 Little Ringed Plover (CIM)
- 1 Marsh Harrier (Crossens Outer Marsh)
- 1 Cettis Warbler (near Hesketh Rd platform)
- 2 Willow Warblers (1 at Junction Screen, 1 opposite)
- 1 Common Whitethroat (opposite Junction Screen)
- 1 Sedge Warbler same location
- 1 Chiffchaff and 1 Blackcap there too
- 3 Ruff (smart transitional male on Rimmers)
- Avocets knocking about
- Black-tailed Godwits in usual numbers

Wildfowl.
- No sign of drake Garganey for me
- 1 drake Pintail (Rimmers)
- Pink-footed Geese in abundance
- Wigeon, Teal, Shoveler, Gadwall, Tufted Duck.


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New Years Eve.

- No sign of any Twite at Yacht club or salt marsh.
- No sign of any Scaup on a frozen Rimmers Marsh / Hesketh Rd
- No sign of any Raptors on any of the Crossens Marshes.
Could the day get any worse?

On way home I drove passed Daisy Way / Moss Lane.
- No sign of any Cattle Egrets. Theyve been here in recent days and Ive had them here before too.

A bonus bird was a Little Owl on some machinery in one of the Paddocks.

Then further down the road on Birkdale Cop / Jacksmere Lane I stopped to scan around 5-600 Pink-footed Geese and this time managed to get onto a single Tundra Bean Goose.
I tried to get a photo but it was diminishing light and slight mist. I thought it may have been one of the 2 in the flock seen the day before but they were reported as being at Windmill Farm near Martin Mere later in the day so this may be another one.

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Friday 18th Dec.

Mid afternoon visit whilst working all over the immediate area.

Bit of a come down as I saw absolutely nothing that I was expecting to.
No sign of any Twite, Scaup, scarce Egrets, Hen Harriers, or any Raptors of any kind for me, although some of the aforementioned had been seen during the day

Lots of usual Wildfowl...
- Pintail
- Shoveler
- Wigeon
- Teal
- Gadwall
- Tufted Duck
- Pink-footed Geese overhead, hardly any on the marshes
- Black-tailed Godwits in huge numbers

But one point I must raise is the walkers and dog walkers that were seen in areas I thought were out of bounds shall we say. They didnt look like RSPB, they normally have their gear on and the vans are nearby, like they were last week putting new signs up around the reserve.
2 people walking out onto Suttons Marsh from Marshside Road (they certainly didnt look like RSPB), a dog walker out on Crossens Inner Marsh towards some of the resting Wildfowl, and then unbelievably another dog walker who looked to be carrying gear on his shoulder, well out on Crossens Outer Marsh where I normally see a few Raptors and tonnes of Geese.
Got photos but probably not worth posting.

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Fri 11th Dec
Afternoon visit whilst working in the area.

- 74 Twite (2 groups - 55 + 19)
Mobile between West Lancs Yacht Club car park to drink and bathe in the puddles, the small trees near KFC on the Ocean Plaza Rtl Pk and then onto the salt marsh just N of pier.
- 2 Meadow Pipit and a Skylark over
- 1 male Hen Harrier distantly sat up on a tuft out Crossens Outer Marsh. Thanks to the 2 birders who alerted me to its presence in that immediate area, theyd just had it sat on a dead tree / log.
- 1 Peregrine distantly in same area
- 1 Marsh Harrier distantly towards Banks
- 4 Ruff from Marshside Rd / Suttons Marsh
- 1 female Scaup just beyond junction pool obscured in the vegetation

Also a birder at Hesketh Rd platform said someone reported to him that a Grey Phalarope had been seen again, this time from the small pools at the eastern edge of Suttons Marsh.



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Friday 20th Nov.

Working in Southport and Ormskirk.

- 1 female Scaup still at Hesketh Rd pool
- 1 Great Egret on Crossens Outer Marsh
- no sign of the Twite today

Crossens was a bit thin on the ground for Pink-footed Geese with hardly any, I saw plenty elsewhere though today, suddenly a single Goose came flying low / calling over the Wildfowlers pull-in. A lone White- fronted Goose, but it didnt drop in and kept flying towards Banks Marsh.


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Friday 13th Nov
Working in Ormskirk and Southport.

Hesketh Rd Pool.
- female Scaup

Sailing Club.
- c70-80 Twite visiting to drink then off again to the salt marsh
- 4 Little Grebe including an interesting one?

Crossens Outer Marsh.
- 1 Merlin being chased by a Carrion Crow
- 1 female Peregrine hunting Ducks
- 2 Marsh Harrier

One of the Twite was colour ringed. Strong sunlight and reflection off the water made it difficult to scan them properly for rings.
Appeared to have a white ring over silver (metal?) on right leg, and white over blue on left leg but they were up again flying round within seconds and I didnt see that bird again.


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Early afternoon visit after delivering round the corner.

- Called at MacDonalds on the retail park Marine Drive and a flock of c30 Twite landed in a tree in the car park near KFC not far from me. They were spooked by a Black-headed Gull and off they went.
I soon located them again visiting the puddle in the Sailing Club. Again they were spooked by the Gulls and flew out onto the salt marsh.

- 1 Cattle Egret on Suttons Marsh
- 1 Great Egret on Crossens Outer Marsh
- 1 distant ringtail Hen Harrier COM
- 1 Marsh Harrier COM

Lots of usual winter Wildfowl and Waders
Pintail, Shoveler, Teal, Wigeon, Black-tailed Godwits etc


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Monday 19th Oct.

Only found out I was on this route when I got into work so didnt have my scope!

Suttons Marsh.
- 3 Cattle Egret with Cattle. 1 at first then 2 more popped up.

Crossens Outer Marsh
- 2 Curlew Sandpiper
- 1 White Wagtail with Pieds
- 1 ringtail Hen Harrier
- 1 Marsh Harrier
- 1 Fieldfare percned On fence post
- few Redwings over

Also of note the usuals...
- 100s Pink-footed Geese
- 100s Black-tailed Godwits
- Dunlin / Knot
- Skylarks over

- 1 slightly odd looking Snipe but limited optics with me so couldve been totally normal with closer views



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Friday 16th Oct.

Southport route and a tacho break looming...

- 5 Twite flying around near sailing club
- 1 Cattle Egret with Little Egrets on saltmarsh opp Hesketh Rd
- 2 Curlew Sandpiper On Crossens Inner Marsh
- 1 probable White Wagtail (CIM) tough one but looked ok
- 1 Ringtail Hen Harrier (CIM)
- 1 male Hen Harrier distantly towards Banks Marsh

Also of note...
- 3 Redwings over
- 1 Knot on Crossens Inner Marsh
- 1 Ringed Plover (CIM)
- 100s Black-tailed Godwits (mostly at Hesketh Rd)
- 100s Pink-footed Geese

Plus usual Waterfowl that youd expect to see.


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Friday 9th Oct

Southport route, called in early afternoon.

Grey Phalarope had been reported at Nels, but a birder in the car park told me the finder had observed it flying away but flew into some fencing, toppled down and hadn?t been seen in a while. There seemed to be quite a few birders heading to Nels so I gave it a miss for obvious reasons.
The bird was seen again a little later.

Nothing at Junction Pool a all
Nothing at Sandgrounders screen

I drove to the Wildfowlers pull in and scanned Crossens Inner Marsh.
2 separate birders were present including the finder of the Phalarope who confirmed the fence story. He soon left and it was just 2 of us observing.

- 100s Black-tailed Godwits
- 1 Green Sandpiper
- 8 Twite moving through
(Singles feeding on ground with Linnets)
- 5 Swallow from Pull-in
- Skylarks / Meadow Pipits over
- 5 Ruff initially, 2 more dropped in
- 1 possible Curlew Sandpiper stood near Godwits, not 100% as it didnt lift its head but size / colour seemed ok??
- Teal with white facial spot at base of bill, domed head peaking towards rear of crown, looked unusual but there was one similar in Yorkshire a couple weeks ago, reported as Blue-winged Teal it was later reidentified as a Eurasian. I suspect this one is a Eurasian too.

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Friday 11th Sept

The Southport route, a good opportunity for tacho break birding.
Nice to chat with the 2 Lancs birders (who Ive met before) that read the forum.

- 21 Cattle Egret
9 with Cattle on Suttons Marsh
(Firstly seen from Sandgrounders screen, I double checked from Marshside Rd)
2 on Rimmers Marsh
(In between Hesketh Rd and Nels)
10 on marsh opposite Sandgrounders
(Some were obscured but eventually gave themselves up)

Little Egrets were fairly numerous too hence why I double checked them. I managed some images, one showing the 10 together and another showing 8 of the 9 with Cattle.
There were adults showing the orangey crest on the head, and an immature showing a slightly darker bill.

- 1 probable Garganey, female briefly just beyond Junction Pool
- 4 Curlew Sandpiper, briefly on Crossens Inner Marsh before being flushed
- c4-500 Black-tailed Godwits ??
- 2 Ruff Crossens Inner Marsh
- 1 Peregrine patrolling the area


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