Thanks to warden Graham Clarkson for the recent WeBs count stats for Marshside, which appear below.
Graham adds: "I've been off with a trapped nerve for a little while, I'm back now but still not 100%, so be gentle with me please. Thank you to the estate team for doing such a good job of keeping the place clean and tidy - your efforts really make a difference. If you have any opportunities to make members for RSPB please do strike - we need all the members we can get, remember it's what pays for running our reserve at Marshside.
"I have brand new copies of the 2007 Lancashire Bird report for sale, ÃÂ£6 each, at the office - let me know if you want one (it has last year's Woodchat Shrike at Marshside on the cover)."
WeBS count for Marshside and Crossens Inner Marsh October 19th 2008
Counts of key species at Marshside RSPB reserve & Crossens Inner Marsh:
Little Grebe 8
Little Egret 3
Pink-footed Goose 386
Greylag Goose 122
Canada Goose 130
Golden Plover 306
Black-tailed Godwit 2188
Wintering waders and wildfowl beginning to build up on the RSPB reserve. On the adjacent Marshside beach enormous numbers of returning arctic breeding waders are in evidence, with even larger numbers elsewhere on the Ribble estuary. A county record count of 51,600 Pink-footed Geese have been recorded during the coordinated October goose count, 20,000 of these bird were roosting on the Ribble estuary mudflats.
Counts of key species at Marshside Beach (Southport Pier to haul road):
Pink-footed Goose 245
Golden Plover 1380
Grey Plover 220
Other recent sightings have included Cattle Egret and Ross's Goose at Marshside, two Little Stints and seven Curlew Sandpipers at Crossens, with Water Rail, five Stonechats, two Marsh Harriers, two Hen Harriers, two Peregrines, three Merlins, a Sparrowhawk, a Short-eared Owl, and up to nine Kestrels also at Marshside.
Thanks Graham - also "new in" this week is the return of Neill's blog (address link on right), after something of an autumn break....
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies....