LANCASHIRE AND NORTH MERSEY­SIDE

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HIGH­LIGHTS: A Cat­tle Egret and three Great White Egrets were at Marsh­side and Crossens. One of the egrets was also at Martin Mere. Both sites had one or two Pec­toral Sand­pipers (from 16th), with an­other at Lunt (15th). Au­gust’s Wry­neck was still at Ains­dale dunes (1st). A White-winged Black Tern was at Rish­ton Reser­voir. An Amer­i­can Wi­geon was at Marsh­side (30th). DARWEN AREA: Vis­i­ble mi­gra­tion min­ima were 6,700 Swal­low; 5,100 House Martin; 3,850 Meadow Pip­its; 950 Chaffinches; c600 Star­lings and Goldfinches; 540 Green­finches; 450 Pied Wag­tails; 340 Lin­nets; c160 Mis­tle Thrushes and Lap­wings; c140 Wil­low War­blers and Siskins; c100 Pink-footed Geese, Black­birds, Wood­pi­geons, red­polls and Long-tailed Tits; c40 Cross­bills, Song Thrushes and Wheatears; c30 Jays, Jack­daws and Cor­morants; c20 Tree Pip­its, Grey Wag­tails, Whim­brels, Gold­crests, Ravens, Chif­fchaffs, Reed Bunt­ings, Sky Larks and Shel­ducks; 12 Ring Ouzels and Goosanders; less than 10 Snipe, Swifts, Twite, Sand Martins, Curlew and Yel­low Wag­tails. Other high­lights were two Avo­cets (1st;) Sedge War­bler (3rd & 7th); Mer­lin (4th); Hobby (8th); Osprey (11th, 19th & 20th), and fe­male Com­mon Scoter (23rd.) EAST LANCASHIRE: An Osprey was at Brock­holes (1st), with reg­u­lar Hob­bies there. A Long-tailed Skua flew past Al­ston Reser­voir, Lon­gridge (12th). A Black Tern was there and at Brock­holes (25th). A Hooded Crow was at Al­ston (25th). FYLDE RE­GION: Two Great White Egrets moved over from the south side of the Rib­ble and were off Fairhaven (5th-7th). Sand­wich Terns in­cluded 300 off Black­pool and 500 roost­ing at St Anne’s. A Black Tern was off Black­pool (11th). A Po­ma­rine Skua was off Fairhaven (5th), and a Great Skua off Black­pool (30th). A few Red-throated Divers and Guille­mots were also out to sea. There were 1,500 Com­mon Scot­ers off Black­pool and a Scaup at Fleet­wood (30th). Gar­ganeys were at War­ton Marsh, New­ton Marsh, My­er­scough Quarry and Mythop Grange flood. Marsh Har­ri­ers were at Raw­cliffe (1st) and War­ton Marsh. A Hen Har­rier was at Sin­gle­ton (30th). A few Curlew Sand­pipers, Lit­tle Stints and Ruff were on floods in the Over Wyre area. Con­der Green had Green Sand­pipers and Spot­ted Red­shanks. Skip­pool had a Spot­ted Red­shank and eight Mediter­ranean Gulls. Vis­i­ble mi­gra­tion counts at Fairhaven pro­duced 1,000 Swal­lows (14th), 50 Tree Pip­its and 80 Grey Wag­tails. MAR­TON MERE: July’s Bit­tern was seen in­ter­mit­tently. There were Mediter­ranean Gulls (4th & 20th). Cetti’s War­blers be­gan to sing. Three Water Rails were present. A Gar­ganey was reg­u­lar, with two (14th & 27th). Shov­eler and Tufted Duck counts reached 40. SW LANCASHIRE-N MERSEY­SIDE: Many thou­sands of Pink-footed Geese ar­rived at Martin Mere from mid-month. A Green­land White­front moved from there to Marsh­side. Ex­cep­tional num­bers of Sand­wich Terns (five times the pre­vi­ous Lancashire count) at Ains­dale peaked at 2,800. A Wood Sand­piper was at Martin Mere (5th-10th), also three Lit­tle Stints. Two Tur­tle Doves were near Burscough (11th). Two Cross­bills were at Mere Sands Wood (14th). A Yel­low-browed War­bler was ringed at Billinge Hill (22nd). Hes­keth Out Marsh held 19 Curlew Sand­pipers, nine Ruff, 23 Avo­cets, nine Spot­ted Red­shanks and two Lit­tle Stints. Mau­rice Jones

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