The last 2 days have witnessed increasing warbler activity.
On the 27th.10 Whitethroat and 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 2 male and a female Whinchat, a Grasshopper Warbler, 5 male and 3 female Wheatears and 14 Greenland-type Wheatears on Wheatear Corner at the corner of the coastroad and Marshside Road, 7 Sedge warbler, 2 Reed warbler, 4 Reed bunting as well as 12 Linnet, 2 Tree Pipits and 3 White wagtail were recorded.
Rainfords Haul Road overlooking the Ribble channel produced 5 Eiders, 2 Common Terns, 2 Peregrines (sat on the beach!), 90 ringed Plovers, numerous Dunlins and a spectacular flock of 950 Golden Plover that flying directly overhead.
Hirundines included 40+ Swallow, 6 House martin and 2 Sand martin.
Passerines included 2 Dunnock, a Song Thrush, 4 Wren, 2 Great tit, 6 Goldfinch, 2 Greenfinch and 37 House sparrow.
Waterbirds included 74 Shelduck, 44 Teal, 28 Wigeon, 14 Gadwall, 36 Mallard, 6 Pintail, 28 Shoveler, 33 Redshank, 42 Black-tailed godwit, 7 Ruff, 22 Avocet, 34 Lapwing, 2 Little grebe as well as 4 Little egret and 2 Grey heron.
Also a Kingfisher at the north end of the reserve - and there are still more than 500 Pinkfeet in the area.
Today one of the 12 Ruff on Sutton's Marsh was lekking.
6 Swifts and all 3 hirudines were present as well as a good count of singing warblers - 7 Blackcaps, 4 Sedge warbler, 4 Reed warbler, 6 Whitethroat, 5 Willow warbler, 3 Chiffchaff and a Garden Warbler, also three Tree Pipits.
A male Whinchat and two Greenland Wheatears were on the north side of the disused sandplant.
Is it any wonder that Hobby was prowling around!
From Sandgrounder's Hide at 6:30 am there were 19 Avocets, including 2 mating and being generally aggressive, chasing away the smaller birds such as the Moorhens and the Common Sandpiper. Also around were a pair of Teal, 12 Canada Geese, 1 Heron, 5 Tufted Ducks, 4 Moorhens, 2 Coots, 8 Shelducks, 2 Wigeon, 6 obvious Lapwings and probably many more, 2 Wigeons, 3 Black-tailed Godwits, 4 Oystercatchers and 140 Black-headed Gulls.
A records count of Avocets at Marshside today - a remarkable 94! Hirundines are are busy migrating - 21 Swallows, 12 Sand Martins and one House Martin were counted this morning. Also around the reserve are hundreds of Black-tailed Godwits, with smaller numbers of Golden Plovers and up to 30 Ruff. A Greenshank was seen from Nel's hide yesterday. Several Chiffchaffs are in the local area, five were singing on Hesketh Golf Course (next to the reserve) on Sunday.
A pair of Mediterranean Gulls have been seen regularyl amongst the many Black-headed Gulls using the reserve.
A female Montagu's Harrier was seen by a reiable observer flying through the reserve yesterday, a Marsh Harrier and a Spotted Redshank were also recorded
A good start to the day. At 8a.m. along the perimeter of the sandworks I recorded 27 Linnets, 2 Grey Partridges, 10 Wheatears (4m, 6f), a female Whinchat, a female Merlin and a singing Willow Warbler. Over Crossens outer marsh; a female Marsh Harrier and Raven. Lots of Whitethroats, Sedge and Reed warblers on territory at Marshside now - easy to see and hear. Four Carrion Crows foraging on the ground on Sutton's marsh.
At 'working' lunch produced a breeding plumage Long-billed Dowitcher Also there; Greenshank, Spotted Redshank, Little Ringed Plover, Curlew Sandpiper, 85 Ringed Plover, 190 Dunlin. 90 Black-tailed Godwits and 8 Ruff. c.200 Swift 'moved through' and a Peregrine and a Merlin were on the saltmarsh again. Oh - and several Lapwings incubating on Rimmer's marsh!