An adult white morph Lesser Snow Goose accompanied Pink-footed Geese at Eagland Hill from 31st October – 4th November 2014. Between 5th-15th November it visited sites south of the Fylde Recording Area, including Downholland Moss, Hesketh Out Marsh, Ban…
On 12th October 2014 Stuart Piner photographed three Common Cranes flying south over Cockersand at 13:03. Before reaching the Fylde the birds had flown over Sunderland Point at 13:00 and later that afternoon the birds flew over Seaforth LWT, Merseyside…
On the evening of 30th September 2014 Chris Batty discovered a third-winter Caspian Gull on Preesall Sands at Knott End. The bird had been ringed as pullus at Kozielno, Paczkow, S-SW Poland, (50°28′ N, 16°58′ E) on 25th May 2012 and had subsequently been recorded in western France on five occasions between 23rd August 2013 and 15th January 2014. Photos of the bird taken in western France on 14th March 2013 can be viewed here.
Photo by Chris Batty.
On 30th July 2014 John Wright identified a pair of adult Roseate Terns in the Common Tern colony at Preston Dock. Photos by John Wright
On 29th June 2014 a Common Tern ringed in Walvis Bay, Namibia on 29th March 2011 was logged at Preston Dock. Click here for full ringing details. There are fewer than 10 records of Namibian-ringed Common Terns in the UK. Photos by Paul Ellis.
On 4th May 2014 Stuart Piner discovered an American Buff-bellied Pipit at Cockersand – the first for the Fylde and Lancashire.
Following a month of almost non-stop work, which had cumulated in a weekend-long paperwork session on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th May, I was approaching madness with genuine speed. By 6pm on Sunday, enough was enough, so my partner Josephine and I decided to take a walk at Cockersand. Whilst walking along Slack Lane I noticed a passerine hop out of the grass bordering the field by the road and land in the tilled earth. I immediately identified the bird as a Water Pipit and began to photograph the stunning pipit in summer plumage. Delighted with finding a Water Pipit in such an unusual location so late in the spring, I showed Josephine the bird and after taking a few more photographs, at 7.09pm we left the pipit still feeding in the field and retired to a local pub for dinner. Whilst at the pub I‘Googled’ ‘Buff-bellied Pipit May’ on my Blackberry telephone, but failing to find any photos of summer-plumaged birds in a brief internet search, I dismissed the possibility. Just before returning home, Lancaster birder Dan Haywood telephoned to tell me about his day birding, and I joked that I was just on my way home to check that I hadn’t ‘goofed’ a Buff-bellied Pipit! Whilst I clearly had the possibility of the bird being a Buff-bellied Pipit on my mind, I wasn’t giving the option serious consideration, or else I would have raised the alarm, and I wouldn’t have spent the remaining daylight sat in a pub.
Separation from japonicus
• Dark brown legs, pale pinkish to red-brown in japonicus
• Weakly streaked upperparts (see figure 1), heavier streaking in japonicus
On 16th April 2014 Tony Ryan discovered a Hoopoe in his Treales garden. The bird lingered in the area until 18th April.Photo montage by Stuart Piner
On 6th February 2014 Dan Haywood discovered a hybrid adult drake American Wigeon x Wigeon on the Lune Estuary north of Glasson, just outside the Fylde Recording Area. The hybrid wigeon subsequently visited the Fylde, where it could be found frequent…