Summary of visits – June to December 2019

By | January 3, 2020

Firstly please accept my apologies for not posting the usual individual reports for these visits.

11th June 2019 – Lunt Meadows

Five members of the group attended and enjoyed a very good morning’s birding despite the persistent rain.  The water levels in all the lakes and ponds were much higher than we have seen before as a result of all the recent rain.  A total of 37 species were recorded and it was good to see many chicks and juvenile birds.

9th July 2019 – Burton Mere RSPB

Five members of the group attended and as on previous visits to this site we benefited greatly from the experience of guest leader Peter Twist.  A total of 51 species were recorded on this visit and a particular highlight was the large number (25 plus) of Little Egret several of which were at their nest site.

10th September 2019 – Marshside RSPB

Twelve members pf the group attended for the morning with a couple of us staying on into the afternoon.  Although we did not see as many species as on some visits to this site, a total of 31 species being recorded, the sighting of the two Ruddy Shelduck was a ‘first’ for the group.  Another highlight was the group of five Cattle Egret ‘doing what it says on the tin’ as they interacted with some cattle.

 

‘Record shots’ of the Ruddy Shelducks (left photo) and the Cattle Egrets at Marshside.

8th October 2019 – Martin Mere WWT

(One of a number of occasions this year when the venue had to be changed because of the poor weather to a site where there was shelter available.)

Eleven members of the group attended this visit and a total of 42 species were recorded.  Large numbers of Pink Footed Geese and a few of the Whooper Swans had arrived at the site, a little later than usual probably as a result of the mild Autumn.  There were however surprisingly few waders to be seen although 6 Snipe was a highlight.  Another highlight was seeing three Marsh Harriers hunting.

22nd October 2019 – Leighton Moss

On this occasion we were lucky with the weather but had been advised to take wellington boots as some of the paths were flooded following recent rain.  Six members of the group attended and a total of 46 species were recorded.  After spending the morning at the main reserve most of us went to visit the hides located at Morecambe Bay before returning home.  One member who remained at the main reserve was rewarded with the sighting of a Bearded Tit.  Although on the group visit we had heard a water rail we had not been lucky enough  to see it.  The photo included here was taken by Bill Hale who was not on the group visit but had visited the site the following week.

12th November 2019 – Mere Sands Wood

Another weather-related change of venue as the wind-chill and muddy conditions would have been intolerable at the planned venue of Hesketh Outmarsh on the Ribble Estuary.  Ten members of the group attended this visit and a total of 33 species were recorded.  Highlights were the large numbers of Teal and 10-12 Goosander.

The planned visit to Speke Hall on 10th December was cancelled, again because of bad weather.

Click ‘Continue reading’ for the full list of species seen on the above visits:

Lunt Meadows 11th June (37)
Species Number Seen Note
Avocet Several With Young
Blackbird A few  
Black-headed Gull Many  
Canada Goose 10+ With Young
Carrion Crow A few  
Coot 50+ With Young
Cormorant 1  
Feral Mallard 1  
Gadwall Several  
Goldfinch Many  
Great Crested Grebe 5+ With Young
Grey Heron A few  
Grey Partridge 1  
Herring Gull 1  
House Martin A few  
Jackdaw A few  
Lapwing Several  
Lesser Black-backed Gull 1  
Little Egret A few  
Magpie A few  
Mallard Many  
Marsh Harrier 1  
Mediterranean Gull 1  
Moorhen A few  
Mute Swan A few  
Oystercatcher A few  
Pheasant Heard only  
Pied Wagtail 1  
Ringed Plover 1  
Shelduck Several  
Shoveler 1  
Skylark A few  
Swallow A few  
Swift Many  
Tufted Duck Several  
Whitethroat 6+  
Woodpigeon Several

 

Burton Mere 9th July (51)
Species Number Seen Note
Avocet Many Including Juveniles
Blackbird Several  
Blackcap Heard only  
Black-headed Gull Hundreds Including Juveniles
Black-tailed Godwit Many  
Blue Tit Several Including Juveniles
Buzzard A few  
Canada Goose c.20  
Carrion Crow Several  
Cetti’s Warbler Heard only  
Chiffchaff 1 seen, many heard  
Common Sandpiper A few  
Common Tern 2  
Coot Several  
Dunlin A few  
Dunnock A few  
Goldfinch Several  
Great Crested Grebe    
Great Tit Several  
Greenfinch A few  
Grey Heron A few  
House Martin A few  
Kestrel 1  
Lapwing Many  
Little Egret 25+ several at nest site
Little Grebe A few  
Little Ringed Plover 1  
Magpie A few  
Mallard Many With Young
Marsh Harrier 1
Mediterranean Gull 1 Juvenile
Moorhen Several  
Mute Swan 2  
Oystercatcher Several  
Pheasant 2  
Pied Wagtail A few  
Reed Bunting Heard only  
Reed Warbler 1 seen, several hear  
Robin 1 Juvenile
Ruff A few  
Shelduck Several  
Shoveler A few With Young
Song Thrush Heard only
Spotted Redshank 2  
Starling    
Swallow 1  
Swift A few  
Teal A few  
Whitethroat 2  
Woodpigeon A few  
Wren Heard only

 

Marshside 10th September (31)
Species Number Seen Note
Black-headed Gull A few  
Black-tailed Godwit Many  
Blue Tit A few  
Buzzard 2 pm
Canada Goose Hundreds  
Carrion Crow A few  
Cattle Egret 5  
Coot Several  
Gadwall Several  
Grey Heron 1  
Herring Gull A few  
Kestrel 1  
Lapwing Many  
Linnet A few pm
Little Egret Several  
Little Grebe 2  
Magpie Several  
Mallard Many  
Moorhen Several  
Mute Swan 5  
Pink-footed Goose Many  
Robin A few  
Ruddy Shelduck 2  
Sand Martin A few  
Shoveler Several  
Skylark 1 pm
Swallow A few  
Tufted Duck Several  
Unidentified Raptor 3  
Woodpigeon A few  
Wren 2

 

Martin Mere 8th October (42)
Species Number Seen
Black-headed Gull  
Blue Tit  
Buzzard 2
Canada Goose A few
Carrion Crow  
Chaffinch  
Coot  
Cormorant  
Feral Pigeon  
Gadwall  
Goldfinch  
Great Black-backed Gull 1
Great Tit  
Greenfinch  
Grey Heron  
Greylag Goose  
House Sparrow 1
Jackdaw  
Kestrel 2
Lapwing  
Little Grebe A few
Magpie  
Mallard  
Marsh Harrier 3
Moorhen  
Pheasant 3
Pink-footed Goose Thousands
Pintail  
Pochard  
Reed Bunting 1
Robin  
Shelduck  
Shoveler  
Snipe 6
Sparrowhawk 1
Stock Dove  
Teal  
Tree Sparrow  
Tufted Duck  
Whooper Swan c.10
Wigeon  
Woodpigeon

 

Leighton Moss 22nd October (46)
Species Number Seen Note
Bearded Tit 1 pm
Blackbird    
Black-headed Gull    
Black-tailed Godwit   MB
Blue Tit    
Carrion Crow    
Chaffinch    
Coal Tit    
Coot    
Cormorant    
Curlew A few MB
Dunlin   MB
Feral Pigeon   MB
Gadwall    
Goldfinch    
Goosander 1 MB
Great Crested Grebe    
Great Tit    
Great White Egret 2 MB
Greenfinch    
Grey Heron    
Greylag Goose 1 MB
House Sparrow    
Hybrid Duck    
Jackdaw    
Lapwing   MB
Lesser Black-backed Gull 1 MB
Little Egret c.12 MB
Magpie    
Mallard    
Marsh Harrier 2 MB
Mute Swan    
Nuthatch    
Pheasant 1  
Pochard    
Redshank   MB
Robin    
Scaup 2  
Shelduck   MB
Shoveler    
Starling    
Teal    
Tufted Duck    
Water Rail Heard only  
Wigeon    
Woodpigeon  

 

Mere sands Wood 12th November (33)
Species Number Seen Note
Blackbird    
Black-headed Gull    
Blue Tit    
Buzzard 1  
Carrion Crow    
Chaffinch    
Coal Tit    
Coot    
Cormorant    
Feral Mallard    
Gadwall    
Goosander c.10  
Great Crested Grebe 2  
Grey Heron    
Herring Gull 1  
Jackdaw    
Little Egret 2  
Little Grebe 1  
Long-tailed Tit    
Magpie    
Mallard    
Moorhen    
Mute Swan    
Nuthatch    
Pheasant Heard only  
Pink-footed Goose   Flying over
Robin    
Shoveler    
Teal 100+  
Tufted Duck    
Wigeon 2  
Woodpigeon    
Wren Heard only