Sunday, 26 April 2009
A fabulous Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola fed happily on the flood at Mythop with the occasional attack from 2 accopanying Redhank. The light was great with the bright sun so most key features were noted, e.g. pale/speckled upperbody, pale underbody, obvious supercillium, and wing/tail pattern were also noted. Sadly the views were too distant with too much heat haze for any chance of a record shot, hence no pictures.
also on site: singing male Whitethroat, 7 Black Tailed Godwit, 3 Linnet, 5 Buzzard, 9 Lapwing, 14 Teal
Life List - 254
Fylde List - 188
Fylde Yearlist - 120
Saturday, 25 April 2009
Friday, 24 April 2009
Sunday, 19 April 2009
At Martin mere, a few Year Ticks were added - Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus (from Ron Barker) and 81 Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta. In the Captive area, I observed some of the more regular species that would never allow you good enough views to observe certain aspects of their behavior - Smew, Lesser Scaup, Ferruginous Duck, and the above Mandarin.
We walked back to Burscough Jn train station from Martin Mere stopping off enroute at the Western end of Curlew Lane. Here I observed my second ever Blue Headed Wagtail Moticilla flava flava - the nominate form of Yellow Wagtail. I would have liked to have seen the bird with Yellow Wagtails Moticilla flava flavissima to compare the two but this was not possible. I did however see the bird with c20 White Wagtail Moticilla alba alba
Monday, 13 April 2009
3 rather impressive sightings came from the 12th April so I felt that I should have a go today - these were a Red Kite (2nd site record), Probable White Stork (to the north of the site), the First Whimbrel of the year.
3 Pinkfeet were with the group of Canada Geese present which is a decent record for the site, esp. in April.
5 Willow Warbler,
Sophie opened the Sluice on Main Pool last Monday so the level on the pool has dropped dramatically.
other wildlife present - Peacock, Orange tip, Small Tortoiseshell, Small White, Green Veined White, several Hare,
other additions to the Yearlist were:
Sedge Warbler - a male was singing in the south west corner near to the dam.
Reed Warbler - 2 Were singing along the Eastern edge of the mere in the reedbed.
Gadwall - several on the mere
Willow Warbler - several singing males around the site.
Blackcap - singing male
here a Male Mandarin was still present
Monday, 6 April 2009
A 5 hour vigil for Osprey produced very little, certainly not an Osprey! Sightings that were noteworthy - 4 House Martin over Mound, 2 Raven flew north (low) over mound, 11 Swallow, White Wagtail, 3 LRP, 1sts Fem Scaup and Aythya Hybrid. Also there were several Hare and Roe Deer that were seen regularly