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Late list from yesterday; from Fairclough pool to Crossens. Beautiful day, especially in the afternoon, and plenty to see, as usual:

Goldfinch, linnet, greenfinch, meadow pipit, pied wagtail, skylark (lots)
1,300+ starling, including a nice mini-murmuration over the out marsh late on (unfortunately not enough time to stop and watch, as I was late for my train, as usual)
2 raven
500+ teal
30+ shoveler
27 gadwall
1,500+ wigeon (majority on Crossens)
12+ pintail
25+ tufted duck
4 shelduck
1,000+ pink-footed geese
32 golden plover
c250 lapwing
1 dunlin
2 snipe
6+ redshank
250+ black-tailed godwit
8+ curlew
8 cattle egret
6 little egret
3 grey heron
3 great black-backed gull (all distant on out marsh)
1 merlin
1 kestrel
1 marsh harrier

Around the mudflats at the bottom of Fairway, where it meets Marine Drive, a single twite heard calling, though I couldn't find it. Also around here plenty of skylark, lots of shelduck, a single golden plover and a few each of snipe, redshank, curlew and little egret.



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Working in Southport yesterday so called in Marshside on my break. Nice to meet you yesterday Steven even if only briefly.

I found the Wigeon in question, and despite whichever angle I observed it, I couldn't turn it into an American Wigeon. There 'could' be something else species wise in the parenting. However there was another Duck with them that appeared to have a lot of grey on the body almost male Gadwall shade but I don't think it was anything special, another possible hybrid.
I was speaking to an older gentleman yesterday who was sat on the bank on Marshside Rd and he told me he'd seen a pair of American Wigeon there this week.

- 4 Cattle Egrets with Cattle from Marshside Rd.
7 reported today, their rise in the UK continues.

- 1 Merlin chasing large flock of Starlings (made for a good spectacle)
- Pink-footed Geese all over the marsh now in big numbers, and plenty of Wigeon and Teal too

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This wigeon, seen from the Sandgrounders Hide, had me baffled for ages. It was only when I got the photos home and zoomed in that I could confirm that it's a wigeon with a very pale head and some curious family background. For a couple of hours there I'd been hoping that what I suspected was a duck of dodgy parentage might turn out to have been my first American wigeon of the year. Ah well

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Day off today, so spent it round here; bright and warm at first, becoming grey and windy later. From Fairclough pool to Crossens, including the path down to the tide line (where there were thousands of unidentified birds roosting amongst the vegetation and along the tide line):

Linnet, goldfinch, meadow pipit, pied wagtail, skylark, starling (hundreds), song thrush.
200+ teal
71 wigeon
12 gadwall
17 shoveler
5 tufted duck
2 shelduck
1 barnacle goose
6,000+ pink-footed geese (perhaps. Loads of them, anyway)
22 ringed plover
30+ golden plover (put up distantly; none on Crossens at all)
c300 lapwing
3 dunlin
12 ruff
8 redshank
200+ black-tailed godwit
6 curlew
10 little egret
2 common gull
1 great black-backed gull
2 kestrel

-- Edited by Shannon Llewellyn on Thursday 27th of September 2018 11:05:13 PM

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Hesketh Rd Platform
4 Cattle Egrets with 2 Little Egrets.

Pink Footed Geese everywhere, had really arrived en masse

 



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Sunday 23rd September.

Had a few things to do today and mid afternoon I thought I'll have a drive over to Crossens Marsh and see what's about (well the American Golden Plover was reported at Hesketh yesterday after all). So I'm on my way when a report comes through of exactly that, but at Marshside!
No details as to where so I put something on Twitter to see if anyone could expand on it and I carried on my way. Nothing came back so I thought just do as you originally planned and go to Crossens. Great decision.

There was nobody else there so I parked up and got my bins out to try and locate any Golden Plovers. Next thing 2 cars pulled up and it was 2 birders who were also present last week, and 1 of them was the original finder Stuart Darbyshire. Then I heard one say there's no Golden Plover on here, I replied well I'm looking at a flock of 'em right now! I kind of kept myself to myself then and after last week too, so I set up scope some yards away.
Within literally seconds I had the American Golden Plover in my scope, I beckoned over to the other 2, I said it's in my scope now and offered them a view, they both came over and had a look and were happy I'd got them onto it.

A bit of personal gratification then I suppose, I had a quiet chuckle to myself as I was even happier in my mind that's what I saw last week, especially after being told infront of other people that I hadn't seen it and that it hadn't been seen since it was found in the morning. Last week I was too busy trying to help people get onto it, missed a record shot opportunity and was then told I hadn't seen it. Annoying!!!

Also of note...
- few 1000 Pink-footed Geese
- big numbers of Black-tailed Godwits
- 5 Ruff
- 2 Little Egret
- flock of c60-70 Lbj's ... I thought hello have the Twite started gathering early but they landed and I soon realised they were
Linnet and Goldfinch
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Nice to see Colin Davies who turned up too.






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Saturday 15th September

Arrived at Crossens Marsh early afternoon ended up staying a few hours.

I observed c60-70 Golden Plover resting on the inner marsh, with around 5 or 6 other birders present. Not an easy task with lots of young Lapwing mixed in sitting low in the marsh grass, having short sometimes invisible flattened crests and looking like Golden Plovers with the obvious pale stripe above the eye. A couple of GP's stood out and people were debating them but I was fairly certain they were just GP's. But then one popped up and started preening and this one was good for it, the American Golden Plover.
Whilst in my scope I let some have a look and got the others on to it and it was confirmed. Not been seen since around 10.30am and it had finally shown mid-afternoon.

I got my iPhone to my scope for a digiscoped shot but suddenly everything was flushed, a flock of around 15-20 Ring-necked Parakeets just beyond them had somehow managed to put the lot up. They were joined by more Golden Plover and we were joined by more birders as they'd been contacted by some present. Eventually the flock came down a bit closer and I thought this will be a lot tougher now there's probably well over 100 birds but within a few minutes I had it again at closer range. Again I'd got people on to it and it was looking good for a record shot but you know it's not your day when everything gets flushed just as you get your camera out.
Then just to rub it in, a couple came over to me and said "thankyou for that mate...we managed this digiscoped record shot"
I was proper miffed! Then another guy said the one he was watching was another American Golden Plover but different to the one I was watching. I know that 2 were seen a few days earlier but I couldn't confirm 2 on this afternoon.

They eventually landed and a couple more GP's stood out but in this instance I think they were just GP's. A few more birders turned up and were throwing their opinion about that nobody had seen it since the morning, then a msg from Birdguides saying the American GP had shown again was quickly followed by an Erroneous report. This annoyed me as I kind of assumed these late arrivals had informed Birdguides of their opinion that it hadn't been seen. I suppose I put 2+2 together etc.
I know what I saw in my mind was good, and others saw it, and got a record shot.

- Black-tailed Godwits 2000+
- Ruff possibly 15+ dotted around
- Pink-footed Goose c250+ (on inner and outer marsh)



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Day spent around here today:

Whitethroat, sedge warbler, goldfinch, linnet, greenfinch, meadow pipit, pied wagtail, skylark, starling
17 teal
3 shoveler (including a single half-grown chick)
18+ shelduck (mostly nearly-grown chicks)
1 mute swan
1 little grebe
c20 lapwing (single chick)
5 dunlin
2 snipe
5 redshank (four half-grown chicks)
18+ black-tailed godwit
9 curlew
1 (or possibly 2) cattle egret
3+ grey heron
1 great black-backed gull
1 kestrel

No little egrets, but there were three at the Marine Lake in the morning, and at least five late afternoon returning.

Cattle egret (both times) and most waders in close, and very nice to see redshank and shoveler young, too.


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Hesketh Rd Platform
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Cattle Egret , more or less full summer plumage, showing really well on much reduced water in front of viewing platform. A Little Egret adjacent for easy comparison.

1 or 2 Ringed Plover. 3 Snipe.

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1 Spoonbill loafing about by Polly's Pool
4 Summer plumage Dunlin, 1 young Little Grebe by Sandgrounders

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The Glossy Ibis was in front of the Halfway Point screen around lunchtime today. Its fairly close to the screen but moves in and out of the vegetation. Full species list:

Shelduck
Black-tailed Godwit
Lapwing
Swift
Tufted Duck
Mallard
Gadwall
Coot
Mute Swan
Little Egret
Avocet
Greylag Goose
Black-headed Gull
Herring Gull
Grey Heron
Wood Pigeon
Canada Goose
Swallow
Redshank
Dabchick
Magpie
Buzzard
Shoveler
Wigeon
Skylark
Moorhen
Sedge Warbler
Whitethroat
Chaffinch
Goldfinch
Starling
Carrion Crow
Oystercatcher

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Sat 12th May. With Ian Lyth.

Hesketh Road Platform.

Temminck's Stint.
Glossy Ibis.

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2 Glossy Ibis in with the big flock of Black Tailed Godwits. Quite distant but one flew a bit closer. before landing out of sight in long vegetation.

10 + Ruff many in variations of Summer colours



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Today, from just before midday to 6pm, Fairclough Pool to Crossens:

Whitethroat, reed warbler, sedge warbler, linnet, sand martin, house martin, swallow, meadow pipit, pied wagtail, skylark
4 wheatear, with 3 stonking Greenland-race males and a female
3 white wagtail
Coot & mallard with broods
11+ teal
1 garganey
c10 shoveler
c20 gadwall
50+ tufted duck
c100 shelduck
c600 pink-footed geese
1 white-fronted goose in with them (all on Crossens outer)
70 mute swan
2 ringed plover
c50 dunlin
15+ redshank (pair seen mating)
c30 ruff, with a full lek going on
c150 black-tailed godwit
40+ avocet
10+ oystercatcher
6+ little egret
3 grey heron
1,000+ black-headed gull
1 great black-backed gull
1 kestrel

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Early morning, Highlights

Garganey 1m
Ruff c20, 1m in full breeding plumage
Curlew Sandpiper 3, 1m in breeding plum age, Poor quality phonescoped image attached




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..."Usual Gulls and Ducks around...and also an odd looking Swallow that was flying near Nel's hide but it flew over the banking before I got in the hide and when I picked it up again it was flying away and distant. Looked interesting but it wasn't a good view"...

I see a Red-rumped Swallow was reported on Birdguides this afternoon at Marshside, after I'd gone by the way. I'd like to think I would've ID'd this one straight away as they fly a lot slower and in my view they do stand out in flight, but the bird I saw could well just be a Swallow.

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Delivering in Southport today so took a mid-afternoon tacho break at Marshside.

Of note...
- just missed 2 Glossy Ibis by minutes, they dropped in and flew off
- 1 Great White Egret from Sangrounders hide
- 1 Spoonbill - a very brief sight of its head and bill in a distantchannel
- 2 Little Egrets
- Plenty of Avocets
- Black-tailed Godwits in good numbers
- 1 Ruff dressed in black
- 2 Sedge Warbler
- 2 Common Whitethroat
- 1 Chiffchaff
- 2 Skylark
- 2 Linnet
- 1 Kestrel
- 5 Common Swift
- 1 Swallow

Usual Gulls and Ducks around...and also an odd looking Swallow that was flying near Nel's hide but it flew over the banking before I got in the hide and when I picked it up again it was flying away and distant. Looked interesting but it wasn't a good view.

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Great few hours here today. 6 x Ruff, 1 x Spoonbill, 2 x Med gulls amongst the huge amount of Black headed, 6 x Avocets, Shovellers, Teal, Golden plover, Black Tailed Godwits, Pintails, Redshank, Meadow pipits and many more!. A first for me a male and female Scaup (see pictures) showing well from Nells hide

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Thoroughly enjoyable day spent around here today; birds not put up at any point I saw, so no doubt numbers far higher for some species than I was able to note.
Marshside main (afternoon):

Meadow pipit, skylark
700+ teal
120+ shoveler
6 gadwall
90+ pintail
c2,000 wigeon
c50 tufted duck
10 pochard
40+ shelduck (more on outmarshes)
2,000+ pink-footed geese (mainly on outmarshes)
18 mute swan
1 little grebe
40+ golden plover
c400 lapwing
5+ dunlin
2 redshank
2 snipe
c20 black-tailed godwit
13 (I think) avocet
7 oystercatcher
8+ little egret
3 grey heron
2 common gull
3 great black-backed gull
1 kestrel
1 buzzard

Crossens inner & outer marshes (just an hour or so, late afternoon):

Meadow pipit, pied wagtail, starling
73+ teal
840+ wigeon
11 shelduck
450+ pink-footed geese
31 golden plover
400+ lapwing
3 little stint (inner marsh, in front of sewerage works)
80+ dunlin
6+ redshank
160+ black-tailed godwit
1 curlew
4 little egret
2 great black-backed gull
1 kestrel

Beach and mudflats at the bottom of Fairway (late morning); tide well out, so pretty quiet (though worth the effort):

c50 twite
9+ skylark
57 shelduck
20 knot (including one with yellow tag below ankle, and yellow ring above, which I couldn't read, unfortunately)
70 - 100 redshank
2 snipe
2 curlew


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Nice to get back to normal birding which is what I enjoy most after the previous days of crossing of certain targets I had written out for the year.

44 species found in a short visit of 3 1/2 hours.

Highlights included 3 little stints with a flock of dunlin (they were interesting to watch as one in particular didn't like the other two), a surprisingly early 7 avocets, 1st winter male scaup, pochard, a buzzard, common gulls, shelduck, pink footed geese, plus the ususals..

Ta!

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Afternoon here over the high tide .. 1000s of birds

80+ Twite
60+ Skylark
Rock/water Pipit flew over
Stonechat
Big numbers of Lapwing, Redshank, Curlew, Dunlin, Oystercatcher and Golden Plover
2 knot close in
80 Bar tailed Godwit
1000+ Black tailed Godwit
Merlin
Peregrine
Barn Owl
3 Buzzard
Great White Egret

Plus loads of Pinkfeet, wigeon, Pintail, Gadwall etc

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10.00-13.30

This was the only area in the North West the Met Office said would be free from snow today, but there was a strong westerly blowing straight from the freezer.

The birds seemed to feel this chill too, with a large gathering of Pink Footed Geese resting on the track in front of the car park.

Thankfully no dog walkers, or birders disturbed them.

On the marsh in front of Sandgrounders almost every clump of sedge had a Wigeon or Lapwing sheltering behind it.

Even Black Headed Gulls were struggling against the icy wind, a sudden gust blew one to within inches of a passing car.

Only a female Kestrel seemed untroubled by the weather, she hovered in the usual manner regardless.

Contractors were working removing all trace of the former sand works, the area appears to be being processed back into saltmarsh.

6 Skylarks were by the newly formed pools here, and a large low flying female Sparrowhawk zoomed across the saltmarsh.

Also here were 6 Little Egrets. 15 Golden Plovers were dotted amongst the Lapwings on the inner marsh. 2 Little Grebes were on Sandgrounders Pool

A large Buzzard did'nt seem to upset the waders and ducks too much, but when a Great Black Backed Gull appeared it was mass panic.

A single Barnacle Goose was among the Canada and Greylags.

Between Marshside Road and Hesketh Road the inner marsh is completely flooded, apart from a few small islets, and it's packed with Wigeon, Shoveler,

Mallard, Pintail and Teal.

Amazing numbers of Black Tailed Godwits too, with lesser numbers of Redshanks. 2 Little Grebes were in front of Nels Hide, as were 4 Snipe.

Nels Hide is closed Tuesday-Thursday next week for maintenance.









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Went today with Malcolm to look for the Long-billed Dowitcher, after 2 hours searching Malcolm managed to find it from Nells hide
Cheers Ian

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Day spent around here today.

Long-billed dowitcher showing from Nell's hide; distant without a scope for a small bird, so plumage intricacies not obvious, but still gave good indication of general jizz, as well as wing and back pattern.

Rest:

Goldcrest, goldfinch, linnet, meadow pipit, skylark.
1 stonechat
800+ teal
700+ wigeon
c100 shoveler
c20 gadwall
c40 pintail
15+ tufted duck
1 goldeneye (first of the winter for me)
c30 shelduck
Lots of pink-footed geese
5 mute swan
40+ golden plover
900+ lapwing
25+ redshank
3 ruff
650+ black-tailed godwit
2 oystercatcher
2 curlew
1 (probably 2) cattle egret
c10 little egret
3 grey heron
3 great black-backed gull
1 merlin
2 kestrel
1 buzzard

Crossens inner and outer marshes held high numbers of wigeon (1,500+), as well as teal, lapwing, black-tailed godwit, curlew, little egret and great black-backed gull, but of most interest from her was probably 9 whooper swan, over low heading East, bugling as they went.

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Long-billed Dowitcher, two showing really well.

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Seeing as how I didn't need the American Golden Plover for the year I only glanced at it through a guys scope before continuing to search for the Dowitcher, he was the one who reported it out as a juvenile, but having corresponded with a local birder who had watched it more extensively it was an adult! This is despite it being put out as both ages on the pagers, they can only transmit what they are told, so not their fault. It will teach me to pay more attention next time, but seeing as how I had to get back and the Dowitcher was the target bird I just didn't have the time to look at the American Golden Plover other than a glance through the very helpful birder's scope

The full story was that I turned up and said to a birder "is it showing?" to which he said "yes do you want a look through my scope?". Gratefully I did, expecting the Dowitcher, but to my surprise it was the plover! I said to him that it was the plover and he said that's what he thought I had meant! I said sorry & that it was the Dowitcher I was asking about, but he hadn't seen that, so I headed off to try to find it!! A real mix up biggrin





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A very late post, I was there the same day (Tuesday 10th) as Mark (below) but had a little more time so stayed for a while longer.

On arrival at Crossen's Inner Marsh the Golden Plover flock were still present but had taken flight not long after Mark had left and the American Golden Plover was nowhere to be seen. I had a good search of the Inner & outer marshes which both held plovers but to no avail. I found a couple of Ruff but nothing else out of the ordinary. Still it was nice birding to the backdrop of calling Pink-footed Geese again, I never tire of that. After a while I headed up to Banks but no sign of the Little Owls up there, still it gave me an excuse to pop into the Parker microbrewery on the same lane to pick up a couple of bottles of beer for teatime!

The I headed back to Marshside where at Crossen's Inner Marsh the American Golden Plover had been refound. This bird was a brighter bird that the one I saw in Wales two days earlier, again being a juvenile despite originally being put out as an adult. A report of the Long-billed Dowitcher being still on the marsh had onlookers confused as no-one in the group on the road had seen it. However my 'Sherlock Holmes-ian' powers of deduction saw a couple of birders a way along the grass bund at the back of Crossen's Inner Marsh so I set off to where they were with, amazingly, only 2 other birders for company who shared my deductions! As we approached a birder leaving confirmed that the bird was down that way so we continued on. Finally we found it hunkered down, roosting low on the bank of a pool, out of view and far from the road indeed. Slowly several other birders twigged that we were on it and joined us whereupon the Long-billed Dowitcher flew into the open onto a pool and gave fabulous views as it preened not far from the bund. Having left my camera gear in the car I snapped a record shot through the scope on my phone (see attached). Having a fair amount of time but not unlimited I headed home with the 2 yankee waders under my belt (not literally!).

Since the day Mark & I were there there have been no further sightings of either bird at Marshside RSPB.





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American Golden Plover currently showing, far north eastern end, Crossens Inner Marsh. View from either road or grass bank near the houses. With the Golden Plover flock, a bit distant for photos but decent enough scope views.

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Day spent around here today; highlights:

Plenty of goldfinch, meadow pipit and skylark.
1 linnet
1 wheatear
120+ teal
60+ shoveler
40+ wigeon
c20 gadwall
3 pintail
2 shelduck
400+ pink-footed geese (many arriving later on)
3 mute swan
c250 lapwing
6 snipe
25+ redshank
4 ruff
1,000+ black-tailed godwit
5 cattle egret (together as per photo below; lovely sight)
5 little egret
2 grey heron
1 common gull
1 sparrowhawk
1 - 3 kestrel

Mudflats at the end of the path from the sand works; large flock of waders (c1,000) put up when still distant, appeared 80% knot and 20% dunlin, but can't be sure. Positively ID'd:

2 grey plover
4 dunlin
300+ knot
3 redshank
300+ oystercatcher
1 curlew
1 little egret
c30 great black-backed gull

Crossens inner and outer marshes:

Goldfinch, pied wagtail, hundreds of starling.
120+ teal
60+ wigeon
2 shoveler
15+ golden plover
400+ lapwing
1 dunlin
1 curlew sandpiper (inner marsh, seen from in front of sewage works)
11+ snipe
18+ ruff
50+ black-tailed godwit
1 curlew
1 kestrel




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A good day to unwind. With 51 species seen, today was more of a waderistic day. Highlights included common sandpiper on the Marine lake, also from Nels hide was 1000 plus strong flock of Black tailed godwits with one juvenile bar tailed godwit amongst them, a wheatear flew past the hide very close (my 1st for the year), pink footed geese have arrived in good numbers, and 5 cattle egrets together in one photo frame near the hide but not close to it (2 of which still have their summer plumage). From the path by Crossens was Dunlin, golden plover, curlew, oh and not forgetting the 2 curlew sandpipers as well, both giving belting views!! Another big highlight was a raven passing through, (a first at Marshside for me), also 3 buzzards passing over. Out of interest, other waders included lapwing, redshank and ruff. Ta! Ps. The attached pictures of the cattle egret are my personal best, beating last year's but took care and patience and timing to get!

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12.00-16.00

Beach Area (Edge of Salt Marsh) : 6 Grey Plovers, 2 Grey Wagtails, 3 Kestrels and 6 Little Egrets.

Former Sand Works : 12 Meadow Pipits and 200+ Goldfinches.

Nels Hide area : 18 Ruff, 1 Sparrowhawk and 800+ Black Tailed Godwits.

2 Swallows by Sandgrounders were the only hirundines seen.



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Two Cattle Egrets are back and showing well at Nell's Hide. One looks like an adult and one a first year. Could be the ones that bred at Burton Mere as the day before there was reported three at the same hide.

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6 pink-footed geese dropped in at 12.20 this afternoon [first of the year]
2 cattle egret already there.



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Day spent around here today:

Blackcap, whitethroat, reed warbler, sedge warbler, linnet, reed bunting, meadow pipit, pied wagtail, skylark
c25 tufted duck, with at least two young broods
12 shelduck
c150 lapwing
2 or 3 common sandpiper
5 dunlin
7+ redshank
c80 black-tailed godwit
1 avocet
3 oystercatcher
1 cattle egret
4 little egret
3 grey heron
2 great black-backed gull
1 or 2 sparrowhawk (both times with prey)
2 kestrel


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12.00-16.00

Site of old sand works : 6 Linnets.

Sandgrounders : 1 Cattle Egret, 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Little Egrets, 60+ Black tailed Godwits, 7 Shelducks, 5 Redshanks and 2 Oystercatchers.

Junction Pool/Nels Hide

1 Cattle Egret showing really well on the Junction Pool, it then moved to join the cattle on the dry mud in front of Nels Hide.

It then followed the cattle as they moved into the tall grass towards Hesketh Road, and so became difficult to see. 2 White Wagtails were also on the dry mud.



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Pair of Mediterranean Gulls feeding two youngsters today viewed from the hide.

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Early morning in surprisingly chilly breezy conditions.

Saltmarsh good numbers of skylark and meadow pipit around the sand works, also a wheatear and ringed plover in this area.

Suttons Marsh area - sedge warblers showing very well along the Marshside Road stretch, whitethroat, avocets with well-grown young, 2 x little egret, 1 x very striking male ruff with cinnamon plumage, good numbers of oystercatcher, lapwing, shelduck and plenty of well-grown black-headed gull chicks ambling around from the Sandgrounders viewpoint.



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Hooded Crow near Junction Pool and Marshside Road.
In over 60 years of birdwatching, I have never seen one of these in Lancashire before, neither had many others who were there to witness it.




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~5pm from around RSPB visitor centre

Similar to below, but:
- 3 Cattle Egret (possibly from Lytham, where there were 10 recently but I saw 7 today)
- 4 Little Egret
- 1 Spoonbill (asleep - who'd have guessed)
- 4 Med Gulls (1 1cy, 1 2/3cy, 2 ad "preparing for the next generation")
- sev Swallow

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Spoonbill here today; showing well, if fairly distantly, from Sandgrounders. A nice surprise, and a new one for me; quite a spectacular creature!

Also around:

Chiffchaff, willow warbler, goldfinch, linnet, reed bunting, swallow, meadow pipit, skylark, starling, etc.
50+ teal
10+ gadwall
c50 shoveler
15+ wigeon
4 pintail
c40 tufted duck
60+ shelduck
c350 pink-footed geese
8 mute swan
2 little grebe
30+ golden plover
c100 lapwing
30+ redshank
11+ ruff
44 avocet
500+ black-tailed godwit
16+ oystercatcher
5+ little egret
1,000+ black-headed gull, with all manner of breeding activity.
2 Mediterranean gull (my first for a couple of years)
1 buzzard

Still over a thousand pink-footed geese on Crossens Outmarsh, and at least four white wagtail here, too.


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Thursday 6th April.
A driver absence meant I had to cover the Southport route, a welcome change which saw me taking a tacho break at Marshside.

Of note amongst the mayhem of 100's of Black-headed Gulls...

- 5 Mediterranean Gulls
There were 2 pairs seen from Sandgrounders and then a 5th bird appeared which lead me to think there was probably a 6th bird nearby.
Only 1 bird had full white primaries, the other 4 had black on.
- 20+ Avocet
- 150+ Black-tailed Godwit from Nel's
- 1 Dunlin
- 4 Twite flew infront of me near car park
- Linnet / Skylark / Meadow Pipit around
- 1 House Martin over the car park
- 1 Cattle Egret distant at Nel's...still !
- 2 Little Egret
- Pink-footed Geese still out on Crossens Marsh plus I saw a lone Canada Goose which as yet I've not identified but I had my suspicions regarding certain features as to whether it was the Todd's that keeps being reported, but they could well be features that may possibly be shown in the variation of normal Canada Geese. So for now it's a Canada Goose!




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A dull start (weather wise- not mood wise) but brightened up at lunch time. Highlights included a sparrowhawk in the sand works area landed on a container and he seemed to be interested in what a stoat was chasing, avocets showed very well, 3 Mediterranean gulls were seen but a little way out, 1000+ pink footed geese were still about, a white wagtail, a rook flew over calling,, a buzzard and an immature peregrine. Plus the usual expected species at this time including golden plover, shelduck, linnet skylark etc. Totalling 48 species!! Ta.

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10.00-13.30

The only birds around the old sand works were singles of Goldfinch and Reed Bunting, whilst 4 Little Egrets were on the salt marsh.

Sandgrounders

An adult Mediterranean Gull showed well in front of the hide, around which Black Headed Gulls are setting up their breeding territories again.

4 Pintails and 2 Little Egrets were on the marsh together with the usual Black Tailed Godwits, Redshank, Wigeon etc,.

Junction Pool

18 drake Tufted Ducks

Nels Hide

3 Avocets, 60+ Black Tailed Godwits, 2 Curlew, 7 Common Gulls and 6 Pintails.



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Had half a day in this general area today cut short by a car problem!

First port of call was near Birkdale where 5 Cattle Egrets had been reported, but lots of birders I know had tried & failed to see them, still it was worth a go. I followed the pager directions to the letter and parked in Daisy Way and checked out the field opposite - nothing!! In fact the field did not look great habitat for egrets so I was a bit puzzled. I started to scan further round and got a glimps of an egrets head a few fields away. I could also see a dogwalker on a footpath over in that direction, so rather than scope from this distant point with limited views I set off down the B5243 in an easterly direction. It looked bad as the raod was lined with houses and the fields totally obscured but I then came to a track between 2 houses that led to some allotments. This was walkable up to the ends of the back gardens of the houses but from there on was totally private so I stopped and scoped from there. Pretty close in the first field was a large group of egrets. Taking lots of piccies and checking half hidden birds I eventually came up with totals of 6 Cattle Egrets and 12 Little Egrets, result smile I passed on the revised directions to the pager and so hopefully visiting birders will have a better chance now to connect.

Next stop was Banks, just past Marshside RSPB, where I pulled up and immediately saw one of the pair of resident Little Owls. As I watched the second bird emerged from the hole and flew off into nearby trees. Watching from the car the original bird showed brilliantly well but eventually turned and popped back inside out of view. The surrounding fields held good numbers of Red-legged Partridges too, another 'yeartick'.

I then headed to the Mere Sands Wood/Martin Mere WWT area but my cars computer came up with a fault light that could have been a number of problems, some serious, so I gave up on birding and headed home so I could see my friendly mechanic who is sorting it for me tomorrow. Better safe than sorry, but still a great morning out, and it was sunny to boot smile





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Post for yesterday .Thousands and thousands of birds . Too many of each species to count
so just a list of birds seen.
black headed gull
pheasant
rook
woodpigeon
carrion crow
jackdaw
twite
little egret
kestrel
coot
teal
wigeon
lapwing
shelduck
cormorant
mallard
moorhen
pintail
gadwall
herring gull
tufted duck
shoveler
pink footed goose
mute swan
pochard
merlin
lesser black backed gull
wren
redshank
golden plover
magpie
dunlin
greylag goose
oystercatcher
altogether a great day out in bright weather and good company in the hides

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Day spent around here today; cracking day for it, and some great action seen. Highlights:

Linnet and skylark
c1,000 teal
25+ shoveler
6 gadwall
2,000+ wigeon
c150 pintail
c10 shelduck
150+ tufted duck
300+ pink-footed geese on outmarsh
2 mute swan
400+ golden plover
1,000+ lapwing
5+ redshank
60+ black-tailed godwit
2 oystercatcher
7+ curlew
5+ little egret
1 grey heron
3 common gull
2 great black-backed gull
1 merlin - fantastic views of it sat plucking and eating prey (skylark, I think)
1 kestrel (putting up hundreds of plovers and ducks)
1 sparrowhawk

A walk down to the mudflats from the car-park yielded:

1 linnet
c25 skylark
19 shelduck
20+ pin-footed geese
70+ dunlin
17+ redshank
32 oystercatcher
2 curlew
3 little egret
Plenty of waders to distant to ID.

Didn't have time for a proper look on Crossens Outmarsh, but from the quick spy I gave it, it was a sea of wigeon and lapwing, with a few starling, teal, redshank, pink-footed geese and little egret thrown in.



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12:15-13:50pm
1 Great White Egret distant on estuary side looking towards Lythem st Anne's.cropped photo attached
Little Egrets
Black tailed Godwit's
Redshank
Pintails photo attached of a male.
Teal
Wigeon
Shelduck
Pink Footed Geese
Greylag Geese
All the wigeon teal lapwings at far end went up in a panic but was unable to see what caused them all to take flight.
Linnet with Twite calling amongst them but unable to locate the Twite.

Plus lots more.

Cheers Steven

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Our annual blow away the cobwebs trip started with an early (6-30am) departure from Rochdale for four A team members. We decided on Merseyside initially and we headed for Marshside, Southport with myself at the wheel. After a tricky drive in the dark we soon reached Southport and it was still dark! A good mooch around as the dawn broke, had us all watching a Great White Egret in the company of a Little Egret, nice for comparison. The usual expected birds were seen and then at Nell`s Hide a Lesser Snow Goose (Blue Phase) was seen right outside the hide and a couple of phone scope pictures were taken. The bird soon departed in the direction of Martin Mere?

    A few Cattle Egrets had been seen a couple of times in Birkdale, but after meeting a couple of birders, who narrowly missed the Lesser Snow Goose, told us that they had looked for the egrets without success, we had a look anyway and they were right, no sign, but 3 Grey Partridge at the side of the road in Hightown helped.

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The Red-breasted Goose was found by Pete Kinsella and he got the photos of it oo. It then flew but was later relocated and a number of local birders caught up with it by dusk. The current theory is that it is the individual recently seen with Pink-footed Geese in Norfolk and that it has moved up to the NW in a Pink-footed Goose movement.



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A report at Marshside ia that a red breasted goose had turned up with over 200 pink footed geese and someone managed a record picture to prove it before he wondered further out. I had a quick look myself and they were very distant by now. With having no scope and no luck finding it i decided to call it a day..... Thanks.

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