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  • Blog Post: Taste of autumn to come?

    The usually quiet month of July was spiced up by a female Merlin yesterday - the first of the ornithological autumn! Today, there were 75 Black-tailed Godwits, 3 Avocets (2 adults and 1 juvenile), 8 Oystercatchers (including 2 broods of young, 1 & 2), 4 Teal, 3 Wigeon, 11 Tufted Ducks, 260 Black...
  • Blog Post: Still plenty summer action.

    This morning there were 460 Goldfinches feeding on thistles and 590 Starlings probing around, suggest large numbers of juvenile birds flocking and a juvenile Peregrine over could be trying his luck. 210 House Martins, 35 Swallows & a Swift were swooping for insects. The warden reports that...
  • Blog Post: They're here!

    As our ex-warden put it - "Pink-feet here, pink-feet there, pink-feet everywhere". For all locals, an exciting signature of autumn, particularly for those of us for whom one of our first childhood memories were their calls. In the area, numbers build up from a few in early September and...
  • Blog Post: A quieter day reflects a chiily northerly change to wind direction.

    No sign of dowitcher today, yet, but a Wood Sandpiper near Nel's Hide. At Sandgounder's Hide were Reed warbler, Sedge warbler and Wheatear. There were Swallows and at least 25 Swifts. Waterbirds included Tufted duck, Shoveller, Teal, Pintail, Gadwall, and 2 Curlew sandpipers. A 1st. summer Mediterranean...
  • Blog Post: Migrations

    A little migration action at Marshside yesterday; 3 Chiffchafs, 1 Willow Warbler, 6 Wheatear, 2 White Wagtails , 5 Sand Martins, 2 Swallows and 2 House Martins. A male Merlin blasted over Rimmer's marsh late afternoon and 96 Avocets and 12 Ruff fed, rested, displayed & squabbled there. 2050 Golden...
  • Blog Post: Avocet nests

    A total of six Avocet pairs are currently sitting on eggs. Two male Garganey have been showing well at Junction pool. Swallow numbers have increased, yesterday they did well to battle against the strong winds across the reserve.
  • Blog Post: Take a broader look

    The saltmarsh was a busy place yesterday. A Barnacle Goose was with the Pink-feet. Raptors included 2 Peregrines, 3 Merlins, a Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, and a juvenile Marsh Harrier. Other sightings included a Stonechat, 70 Linnets, 90 House Sparrows, 6 Ruff & Goldcrest. Species in 4 figure...
  • Blog Post: Avocet chicks

    This year two Avocet chicks successfully fledged on the reserve. We still have Avocets with chicks at our Hesketh Out Marsh just up the road if you missed seeing these iconic birds at Marshside. Telescopes are recommended though as the views are unfortunately not as close as you get here. Three Common...
  • Blog Post: Gull spotting.

    With 100's of gulls around, a favourite activity at the moment is 'spot the med.' There have been many sightings of Mediterranean Gulls along the whole of the local coastline and lakes including as many as 6 from Sandgounder's Hide. Early signs of season change maybe, with one adult in...
  • Blog Post: Osprey over marsh

    Wow today I have seen my first osprey over the reserve. It disturbed a group of about twenty curlews and plenty of lapwings, as it came across the reserve heading inland towards Churchtown and beyond. Did anyone see it over at Martin Mere? Pink feet numbers have dramatically increased from the eight...
  • Blog Post: Transition Time

    Now the wind has moderated its starting to feel like summer here. House and Sand Martins, Swallows and Sedge Warbler and Skylark singing. Whitethroat, Wheatears, Meadow Pipits and Linnets around the old Sandplant and a dozen Lesser Redpolls fliying north over Hesketh Golf Course, and a Whimbrel calling...
  • Blog Post: Last minute decision paid off

    As I was about to leave Marshside today I thought I'll just check the saltmarsh from the end of the sand works. I'm glad i did! First was a Peregrine perched up, then a buzzard also perched up, then a Marsh Harrier flying/hunting over the marsh and then a Kestrel also hunting. But the best...
  • Blog Post: Moving Home!

    Having been 'off-line' since Monday on returning I find the warden's report of that day too interesting to miss out on. How did a pair of Avocets manage to move their three young from Sandgrounders across Marshside Rd to Junction Pool without getting squashed? Its hardly a quite road so was...
  • Blog Post: Desertification and dessertion?

    Apart from a small puddle and Rainford's Lagoon the reserve is waterless. Most of the Black-tailed Godwit flock seems to have moved to Martin Mere leaving 5 behind with a male and 2 female Wigeon and a handful of Redshank, Tufted Duck, loads of Black-headed Gulls including one juvenile and 2 Avocets...
  • Blog Post: The Avocets have arrived.

    4 have been out on Rimmer's Marsh today but they didn't have the stage to themselves. Oystercatchers are plotting nesting sites on Rainford's Island while on the reserve as a whole there are still thousands of Pink-feet coming and going with a couple of Barnacle Geese seen with them. Large...
  • Blog Post: Is Autumn here?

    Do 20+ Curlews, 80+ Lapwing, one Pink footed Goose, one Golden Plover and two Snipe mean it is autumn already? There were also good views of a Merlin hunting out on the marsh this afternoon. Common and Green Sandpiper were seen as well.
  • 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...