LAN­CASHIRE AND NORTH MERSEY­SIDE

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HIGH­LIGHTS: The Amer­i­can Golden Plover re­mained on Glas­son Marsh (to 2nd). Cat­tle Egrets at Marsh­side reached four (30th-31st). A Ring-billed Gull was at Sands Lake, Ains­dale (25th). A county record nine Great White Egrets passed Ains­dale and Fairhaven (5th); singles were at Martin Mere, Lunt, Cock­er­sands and Pilling, and three on the Rib­ble. DARWEN: Vis mig maxima were 13,700 Red­wings; 11,870 Field­fares; 3,100 Pink-footed Geese; 2,740 Star­lings; c.600 Green­finches, Chaffinches; c.550 Goldfinches, Pied Wag­tails; c.370 Black­birds, Siskins; 280 Lin­nets, Lap­wings; c.200 Cross­bills; 140 Mis­tle Thrushes; c.100 Swal­lows, Song Thrushes, Long-tailed Tits; c.70 Sky Larks, House Martins; c.45 Bram­blings, Bullfinches; c.30 Whooper Swans, Jays, Goosanders, Gold­crests, Reed Bunt­ings, 24 Ring Ouzels; and less than 10 Curlew, Snipe, Shel­duck, Grey Wag­tail, Raven, Buz­zard and Twite. EAST LANCS: A Yel­low-browed War­bler was at Lea Green Reser­voir (2nd) and two at Brock­holes. A Rock Pipit was at Par­son­age Reser­voir (16th). An Osprey was at Brock­holes (18th). Two Great White Egrets were at Og­den Reser­voir (27th), and one at Stocks Reser­voir (28th-29th). FYLDE: Ten thou­sand Pink-footed Geese were at Lytham Moss (8th), with two Bar­na­cle Geese, and one of each race of White-fronted Goose. A Brent Goose was at Peel (27th), with one off Black­pool. Three White-fronted Geese were at Cock­ers Dyke (31st). Fifty-four Lit­tle Egrets and a Great White Egret were on Pilling Marsh (13th). Eleven Green­shanks were at Freck­le­ton Naze (3rd), with 27 Avo­cets still there (8th). One or two Scaup and Long-tailed Ducks were off Fleet­wood and Black­pool, with sev­eral hun­dred Com­mon Scot­ers and 37 Red-throated Divers. About 25 Yel­low-browed War­blers were seen. Thirty Twite were at Cock­ers Dyke (23rd). Five Bearded Tits were at Fleet­wood Marsh. A La­p­land Bunt­ing was at Cock­er­sands (30th). MARTON MERE: There were five Bearded Tits (21st-22nd), with four more (from 24th). Three Bit­terns were seen. There was a Ring Ouzel (20th), Goosander (24th), five Swal­lows (30th), a Short-eared Owl (25th), two Ravens (22nd), two Stonechats, a few Whooper Swans, 60 Tufted Ducks, 20 Gad­wall, 30 Shov­el­ers, three Pochards, Wa­ter Rails and Cetti’s War­blers. SW LANCS-N MERSEY­SIDE: At least 20 Yel­low-browed War­blers were seen. Twite re­turned to South­port with 90 (27th). A Ring Ouzel was at Marsh­side (7th), when two Red­starts were at Seaforth. A Snow Bunt­ing was at South­port (24th-27th). Short-eared Owls were at Hes­keth Marsh, and two at Garston CP. A Ruddy Shel­duck was at Long­ton Marsh (16th). Amer­i­can Wi­geon were at Hes­keth and Crossens Marshes. Nine Curlew Sand­pipers were at Hes­keth Out­marsh (7th). A Hen Har­rier and three Marsh Har­ri­ers were on the Rib­ble marshes, and a Marsh Har­rier at Lunt. Three Brent Geese were at Marsh­side (19th). A tun­dra Bean Goose was at Martin Mere (16th). Mau­rice Jones, Mavis Smith

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