Birders Get Twitchy On #LancashireDay

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Lancashire Day is the 27th November, a superb time of year to celebrate the amazing numbers of wading birds and wildfowl that fly into Lancashire for the winter, creating a unique nature spectacle on our marshes and estuaries

The highlight of Lancashire Day was a rare duck from North America, the North American Green-winged Teal spotted on Vinsons Marsh at Martin Mere Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

Lancashire goose watchers deserve big credit for all the hours spent looking through the huge Pink-footed Goose flocks for rare geese – on the Ribble Estuary SSSI 3 Tundra Bean Geese, a Eurasian White-fronted Goose & 3 Barnacle Geese were located at Hesketh Bank and at Preesall Park on The Fylde a Greenland White-fronted Goose and a Barnacle Goose were spotted in amongst the “Pinks”

Greater Scaup & Long-tailed Duck are species that are associated with coastal environments, but this winter both species are present on inland waters such as Pennington Flash Country Park

3 Greater Scaup have delighted duck-watchers on Fairhaven Lake and a female Greater Scaup was on the Freemans’ Pools on 25th

Eurasian Bitterns were seen at Bryn Marsh on the Greenheart Wigan Flashes, Leighton Moss RSPB, Marton Mere Local Nature Reserve & Brockholes Lancashire Wildlife Trust, while sightings of Great White Egret & Cattle Egret are becoming regular in Lancashire these days

Bohemian Waxwings have made it to Lancashire from Scandinavia in time for Lancashire Day with sightings reported from Silverdale & Blackburn

A pair of Bearded Tits were spotted on The Fylde on Lancashire Day – on the Fleetwood Marsh Nature Park at grid reference SD337465

Great Grey Shrikes have graced two Lancashire Wildlife Trust nature reserves during November – Brockholes & Little Woolden Moss

Also in Salford, 16 Goldeneye on the River Irwell (“The Goldeneye Capital of the North”), and a female Eurasian Wigeon is a superb sighting for the new Castle Irwell Wetlands Nature Reserve

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