Author: Fylde Bird Club

Red-necked Phalarope at Newton Marsh

On 7th June 2015 Ian Walker discovered a female Red-necked Phalarope on the entrance pool at Newton Marsh. The previous spring/early summer Fylde records are listed below:-1989 female Marton Mere 25th May1976 breeding plumage over Ribble Estuary at Fre…

hybrid Blue-headed Wagtail x Grey-headed Wagtail at Mythop

On 27th May 2015 a hybrid Blue-headed Wagtail x Grey-headed Wagtail was identified at Mythop. The bird exhibited plumage features intermediate between the two taxa, including a dark blue-grey head (darker than in typical Blue-headed) and poorly defined…

Dotterel at Cockersand

On 8th May 2015 Stuart Piner located a trip of 5 Dotterel in a coastal ploughed field at Cockersand. The birds remained until the following day, and one was still present on 10th May before it departed during the morning.Cockersand last hosted a Dotter…

Dusky Warbler at Marton Mere

On 16th January 2015 Dave McGrath located a Dusky Warbler at Marton Mere. Unfortunately the bird was only seen briefly, and could not be relocated during searches over the following days. This represents only the second Fylde record of Dusky Warbler, f…

Pomarine Skua at Knott End, Cocker’s Dyke and Fluke Hall

On 10th January 2015 Chris Batty discovered a juvenile Pomarine Skua on the beach at Knott End. On 12th January Peter Rhind relocated the bird at Cocker’s Dyke, where it fed on the corpses of dead birds until 27th January. The bird occasionally ranged …

Todd’s Canada Geese at Todderstaffe, Knott End, Cocker’s Dyke and Fleetwood

On 16th December 2014 Frank Bird discovered a pair of Todd’s Canada Geese with Pink-footed Geese at Todderstaffe. The birds lingered on the Fylde until 31st December, when they were seen at Cocker’s Dyke. They also visited Fleetwood and Knott End durin…

Iceland and Glaucous Gulls winter 2014/15

During the winter of 2014/15 Iceland Gulls were logged at Marton/Marton Mere (returning adult 23rd December 2014 – 15th March 2015), Fleetwood (juvenile 2nd-3rd February 2015) and Wyre Estuary at Wardley’s Ferry (adult 8th March 2015). Juvenile Glaucou…

Shorelark at Rossall Point

On 3rd December 2014 Jim Sheldon discovered a Shorelark on the beach at Rossall Point. The bird showed well through the winter and was last seen on 20th March 2015. This represented the first Fylde record of Shorelark for over a decade; a pair frequent…

Great Grey Shrike at Lytham Moss

On 1st November 2014 Steve and Jan Beastall discovered a Great Grey Shrike on Lytham Moss whilst collecting dandelion leaves for their pet rabbits. The bird remained faithful to the area around Eastleigh Animal Sanctuary until 2nd February 2015.The las…