Trip reports

Visit to Rossall Point and Fleetwood nature reserve

Drake teal profile

Saturday, 27 October 2007

On a cloudy morning 18 members of the local group met in the car park of the coastguard station at Rossall to walk along the seawall towards the Point to watch the incoming tide (10m). The first bird seen to our great suprise was a female/immature Snow Bunting which was in with a flock of Meadow Pipits and a group of Pied wagtails, many of them immatures showing a yellow face. As we walked along, this group of birds kept flying just ahead of us, allowing all the members to see the Snow Bunting, for some it was a first time bird. Also seen in the shrubbery on the edge of the golf course which bordered the prom were Greenfinches and a Wheatear, also a Kestrel was seen flying over the golf course.

The beach area was rapidly being covered by the incoming tide which was pushing towards us the following waders : Turnstones in high nos: Sanderlings in lesser nos: Ring Plovers only 20 counted, plus a single Oystercatcher. Due to the height of the tide they were pushed in really close allowing superb views.
Out to sea the members with scopes managed to see several small flocks of Common Scoters along with Cormorants, Eiders a flyby Red Breasted Merganser and a Kittiwake; also Black headed Gulls and Common Gulls. A couple of members had distant views of a Red Throated Diver well out to sea.

After lunch some of the members paid a visit to the local nature reserve (Fleetwood Marsh Reserve). This is new local attraction and a few of the members had never visited before (thanks to 2 local members who showed the rest of us the way). The reserve consits of two pools, with reed and scrub edging, and a open grassy area bordering on to the banks of the River Wyre. The pools held the following: wildfowl: Pochard M/F & Juv, Little Grebes, Ruddy Ducks M/F, Tufted Duck, Shoveler, Teal, Mallard, Coot, Moorhen, Wigeon.
Several gull species: Black Headed, Common, Herring, Lesser Black Backed, Greater Black Backed.
A skein of geese was seen in the distance which appeared to be Pinkfeet, the scrub area gave good views of a family of Stonechats.
Some of the members who lived in the Lancaster or northern reaches visited Lane Ends Pilling on the way home, as we arrived in the carpark the tide had well receded and the marsh was uncovered, species seen by some of the members who called in were as follows:
Grey Plover, Little Egret, Skylark, Red Breasted Merganser, Great Crested Grebe
(these being seen by members who had called in earlier) the later group managed to see : Whooper Swans (27) and a Merlin (sat on a post), a large group of Knot, Lapwings. High nos. of Shelduck, lesser nos. of Pintails.
It was a days birdwatching that was highlighted by the sighting of the unexpected Snow Bunting.

The following species were seen by all or some of the members:
Red Throated Diver, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant, Little Egret, Whooper Swan, Pinkfeet, Shelduck, Mallard, Pintail, Shoveler, Wigeon, Teal, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Eider, Common Scoter, Kestrel, Merlin, Moorhen, Coot, Oystercatcher, Ringed Plover, Grey Plover, Lapwing, Knot, Sanderling, Turnstone, Black headed Gull, Common Gull, Herring Gull, Lesser Black backed Gull, Greater Black backed Gull, Kittiwake, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, Wheatear, Stonechat, Greenfinch, Snow Bunting.

Apologies for any ommissions.
JW Bateman Group leader.