Trip reports

Knott End, Fluke Hall and Pilling Lane Ends Outing

Curlew standing on weed, County Cork, Ireland
rspb images

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

We met at Knott End with a quick shower and a cool breeze, but thankfully the weather stayed fine for the rest of our outing. Oystercatchers fed on the edge of the Wyre while a solitary male eider was on the water. A small flock of 5 twite kept alighting on the slipway, a group of bar-tailed godwits were on the mud while sanderling fed along the tideline. Several flocks of knot wheeled over the estuary. Other birds seen at Knott End included dunlin, lapwing, cormorant, great crested grebe, red-breasted merganser, curlew, black-headed gull and common gull.

We relocated to Fluke Hall, were a large flock of c.200 twite fed on the wet scrub behind the sea wall.

We moved to Pilling Lane Ends for lunch and quickly spotted a merlin. A distant flock of c.50 whooper swans were accompanied by a smaller number of mute swans. Several hundred pink footed geese were on the estuary, while 4 distant brent geese were on the water. A kingfisher flew along the edge of the saltmarsh, but was so quick that most missed it! A mixed flock of rock pipit and meadow pipit provided a good camparison. Other birds at Lane Ends included little egret, redshank, lapwing, curlew, mallard, common gull, black-headed gull and shelduck.

Bird list for the day: oystercatcher, carrion crow, curlew, eider, herring gull, knot, shelduck, black-headed gull, twite, turnstone, red breasted merganser, bar-tailed godwit, cormorant, dunlin,l easer black-backed gull, common gull, great crested grebe, house sparrow, sanderling, lapwing, greater black-backed gull, rook, starling, mistle thrush, sparrowhawk, blackbird, robin, great tit, meadow pipit, wood pigeon, blue tit, skylark, mute swan, pinkfeet, little egret, whooper, redshank, merlin, mallard, kingfisher, rock pipit, jackdaw, magpie, brent goose, pheasant and collared dove. 46 species in all.