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  • Blog Post: Lapwing video

    Great video of a juvenile lapwing filmed by visitor Ron Jackson from Nel's hide. Lapwings have enjoyed the increased protection offered this year on the reserve, in the form of two areas of temporary electric anti fox fencing. The number of juvenile lapwings visible on the reserve have been very...
  • Blog Post: New pool at Marshside attracts an american visitor

    A drake american wigeon was seen yesterday on rimmers marsh enjoying the new pool we have recently created. Ron Jackson managed to film the bird yesterday from Nel's hide, click here to view it. Ron also has footage of the ross's goose at Marshside which has been seen on Sutton's marsh...
  • Blog Post: Glossy ibis

    Three glossy ibis still showing well on Rimmers marsh. Best seen from Marshside road about half way down. It is a short easy walk from the car park and who knows what else you might see on the way. Please be considerate to other visitors and avoid parking on the footpath.
  • Blog Post: Life as a Reserve Warden Intern

    It's strange to think that I have been volunteering at RSPB Marshside for nearly 6/7 years on and off now and I am still coming back for more enjoyment. Working alongside the past Warden of the reserve and now working with the present warden and site manager I have been able to digest an awful amount...
  • Forum Thread: Curlew Sandpipers pay us a visit!

    Glorious sunshine and blue skies on Sunday brought a small group of passage curlew sandpipers to the reserve, feeding at relatively close quarters from Sand grounders Hide amongst 2 dunlin, avocet, black-tailed godwit and a stunning male ruff. The birds were present from about 10 am -4 pm. Other birds...
  • Blog Post: Knots fear not

    The big ‘spring’ tides of the autumn blow in again soon (seasons can get confusing can't they!) and the birds are even more mobile than usual. On the September spring tides our Marshside guided walk participants enjoyed some great close-up views of knots and dunlins out on the estuary...
  • Blog Post: Feels like summer has come.

    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...
  • Blog Post: Osprey

    An Osprey was seen flying inland over Hesketh Golf Course at 8.25 this morning. 2 curlew sandpipers spotted late on Polly's Pool. A few bits and bobs about including: 7 Dunlin, a ringed plover, 2 ruffs, a female ruddy duck, hordes of hirundines on Sutton's Marsh and swifts galore on Rimmer's...
  • Blog Post: Svalbard bird

    This is yesterday's near verbatim report from one of our birders. My first 3 Redwings of the winter over Crossens Inner Marsh this morning with a Siskin and a flock of 50 Jackdaws. Watched the Pink-feet leaving the estuary and heading inland; a few (including blue neck collar 2SB) landed on the...
  • Blog Post: Lesser scaup at Sandgrounders

    A male Lesser Scaup has been seen at Marshside at different locations around the reserve on and off for the last few days. Today however, he is right in front of the hide on Rainfords lagoon giving visitors a great opportunity to spot him. 20 Avocets are also feeding and setting up territories in...
  • Blog Post: Black Tern at Sandgrounders

    Yesterdays winds brought a Juvenile Black Tern to the reserve. It was seen at midday on Suttons marsh heading south across the reserve. Good but short views of it in front of the hide and over Rainford's lagoon before it headed onto Rimmers Marsh. The same bird was later seen, again in front of the...
  • Blog Post: Everyday changes

    I just paused on the coast road to look across the vastness of the estuary in the hope of either the short-eared owl seen last week or one of the marsh harriers (a male is around as well as a few juveniles). Quite sensibly, raptors were not bothering to fly in what was turning into quite a gale. What...
  • Blog Post: A world class spectacle!

    A Pink-foot counter was out early this morning. Between 6.40-11.15am. about 15,500 were present on the reserve and at Crossens. The reward for this effort was a Rough-legged Buzzard seen at 10am. heading off towards Banks. Also a Common Buzzard, Marsh Harrier, 2 Peregrines, 3 Merlins, 2 Kestrels and...
  • Blog Post: Avocet news!!

    This afternoon the first Avocet chick has hatched. Photographers and other visitors in the hide were lucky to see the first glimpses of the very cute newly hatched chick. The adult birds are still sitting on the nest with the chick and remaining three eggs which should be hatching soon. The chick could...
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings 29/04/2010

    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...
  • Blog Post: Wet and Windy but still great for wildlife

    Today was very wet and windy on the reserve with the odd hail shower added for good measure, but the wildlife (birds especially) definitely made up for it. Views from Sandgrounder's out across the marsh were difficult first thing but eight European white fronted geese were spotted in amongst the...
  • Blog Post: Nursery up-date

    This morning the 3 Avocet chicks hatched on the island in front of Sandgrounders' Hide took to the choppy water one after another in brilliant sunshine,the parents doing a good job of seeing off other water fowl that ventured near. Photographers must have some excellent shots-hope some end up here...
  • Blog Post: Spring feeling

    Thanks to the volunteer who spotted a drake Garganey at 7a.m. this morning and was rewarded by 31 Sandmartins passing through, 7 Linnets, a Wren, a Chiffchaff, singing Willow Warbler and Skylarks. A female Merlin on the saltmarsh was considering breakfast. She had plenty to choose from - about 7000...
  • Blog Post: Hurry down there!

    Sandgrounder's Hide must be the best place in the UK to watch Avocets. This morning, volunteer's on duty reported that 3 Avocets have hatched right in front of of the hide. Yesterday, a Cuckoo was seen over the old sandplant being mobbed by Meadow Pipits.
  • Blog Post: Avocet numbers build.

    After survey by our ex-warden this morning he sent in the following report. "Highlights were 11 avocets, 2 little egrets & 20+ gadwall & the usual throng of black-tailed godwits, golden plovers, curlew, redshank, wigeon, teal, shoveler & pintail. Lots of lapwings are displaying -...
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings 06/04/2010

    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...
  • Blog Post: Closest views you'll get...

    One Avocet chick has been pleasing visitors with the closest views you are likey to to get. It has been feeding so close to the hide that it often went out of view under the windows. This picture was taken on thursday but the family were still there today. Today joining the Avocet family out...
  • Blog Post: Come rain or shine...

    Although it makes for a miserable day out, the rain was much appreciated and the marsh looks all the better for it. And the birds didn't seem to mind too much either. Avocet chicks have not hatched yet but any day now and the first nest should be hatching. Two Lapwing chicks however were showing...
  • Blog Post: Pink-foot movements.

    Early this morning there were about 17,500 Pink-feet out on the Ribble. 1400 Shelduck were on Marshside sands and at the old sandworks; 2 Wheatear, 7 Robins, 360 Skylarks, 120 Meadow Pipits, 4 Reed Buntings, a Chaffinch, Sparrowhawk & Kestrel. The long-staying Black Tern was still hawking over Sutton's...
  • Blog Post: Marshside first?

    It was certainly a first for me! Blue winged teal at Junction pool screen today at midday doing exactly what it says in the book; associating with shovelers . Consensus from the birding crowd was that it was an adult female. According to BTO the last record of these American birds turning up in the area...