Birdwatching Group 2 Report 11th March 2020

Distant curlew seen from the main hide at Marshside

This trip took us to RSPB Marshside at Southport on the Fylde Coast. The weather was fine all day but with a chill westerly wind. Going first to the platform on the South side, the 3 Scaup on the lake were exactly where they have been reported for the past several weeks. Along the sea front we were around for a spring high tide lapping the barrier and this had brought in large numbers of Meadow Pipits, Stonechats and Reed Buntings hopping around on the raft of floating vegetation. It was also nice to see and hear Skylarks for the first time this year.
From the hide we were treated to the spectacle of massive movements of Pink Foot Geese over the marsh and flocks of many hundreds of Golden Plover and thousands of Wigeon. Other highlights were a distant view of a perched Merlin and a fleeting Peregrine.

In the end we saw 43 species:
English name                   Scientific name
Mute Swan                        Cygnus olor
Pink-footed Goose       Anser brachyrhynchus
Greylag Goose                Anser anser
Canada Goose                Branta canadensis
Barnacle Goose             Branta leucopsis
Shelduck                           Tadorna tadorna
Eurasian Wigeon           Anas penelope
Eurasian Teal                   Anas crecca
Mallard                                Anas platyrhynchos
Northern Shoveler        Anas clypeata
Tufted Duck                     Aythya fuligula
Greater Scaup                Aythya marila
Pheasant                           Phasianus colchicus
Little Grebe                     Tachybaptus ruficollis
Grey Heron                       Ardea cinerea
Little Egret                       Egretta garzetta
Cormorant                        Phalacrocorax carbo
Common Buzzard         Buteo buteo
Kestrel                               Falco tinnunculus
Merlin                                 Falco columbarius
Peregrine Falcon          Falco peregrinus

Moorhen                           Gallinula chloropus
Coot                                    Fulica atra
European Golden Plover     Pluvialis apricaria
Northern Lapwing        Vanellus vanellus
Ruff                                      Philomachus pugnax
Common Snipe              Gallinago gallinago
Black-tailed Godwit      Limosa limosa
Common Redshank      Tringa totanus
Eurasian Curlew             Numenius arquata
Great Black-headed Gull    Larus ichthyaetus
Lesser Black-backed Gull  Larus fuscus
Herring Gull                               Larus argentatus
Black-headed Gull          Chroicocephalus ridibundus
Woodpigeon                      Columba palumbus
Magpie                                 Pica pica
Carrion Crow                    Corvus corone
Skylark                                Alauda arvensis
European Stonechat    Saxicola rubicola
Meadow Pipit                   Anthus pratensis
Chaffinch                           Fringilla coelebs
Reed Bunting                  Emberiza schoeniclus
Oystercatcher                 Haematopus ostralegus

A Meadow Pipit foraging on a raft of vegetation at high tide