Trip reports

Visit to Warton Slag Tips

Oystercatcher wading in shallow water

Saturday, 28 March 2009

12 intrepid people gathered at Cotestones Farm on a bitterly cold day with a very strong northerly wind. Walking alongside the river Keer we saw our first two wheatears, several meadow pipits, a few oystercatchers, a pied wagtail and 3 mallard. 3 ringedplover, black-headed, lesser black-back and herring gulls completed our sightings, so we decided to cut our losses and make for somewhere more sheltered. In Warton quarry we were rewarded with splendid views of the peregrines, including seeing the pair mating. Jackdaws and raven were also present.
We finished with a visit to the Allen and Morecambe hides, where there were great views of large numbers of black-tailed godwits, many coming into breeding plumage. We only saw 7 avocets, though reportedly 20+ had been present. A greenshank and a spotted redshank were among the godwits and other birds seen included a few knot, pintail, shoveler, shelduck, wigeon, redshank and greylag.