Trip reports

Knott End, Fluke Hall and Pilling Lane Ends Outing

Curlew standing on weed, County Cork, Ireland
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Wednesday, 14 October 2015

After meeting at Knott End we walked along the estuary towards Barnaby Sands. Curlews and oystercatchers probed the mud of the River Wyre while a grey heron fed on the far bank. Long-tailed tits and blue tits flitted amongst the branches at Barnaby Sands and we had good or distant views of a variety of wildfowl and waders including turnstone, redshank, black-tailed godwit, eider, teal and wigeon. We returned to Knott End to have our packed lunch and watch small groups of dunlin and knot flying over the water as the Knott End Ferry crossed the Wyre to Fleetwood.

Our next stop was Fluke Hall, were we stood on the sea wall as several skeins of pink footed geese flew overhead. Other new birds included grey plover and in a nearby field, whooper swans and red-legged partridge.

Our final venue was Pilling Lane Ends where we had close views of several little egrets, plus distant views of a merlin and peregrine falcon. On the estuary and in the channels were pink footed and greylag geese, pintails, wigeon and teal, plus great crested grebes and red-breasted mergansers. A walk by the pond produced mallards, a moorhen and little grebe, while the woodland had wren, goldcrest and collared dove.

Many thanks to Alan Stamford for leading this outing.