Friday, 17 February 2017

Thursday 16th February

Mild again 6 - 9C mostly sunny with moderate

Town Centre - Grey wagtail

Mowbray Drive - Grey wagtail

Marton Mere LNR - Grey wagtail, little grebe, goldeneye, 37 shovelers, water rail, kestrel, 24 fieldfares, great spotted woodpecker, jackdaw (at the feeding station, unusual there), 3 Cetti's warblers, goldcrest

Grey wagtail at Marton Mere overflow stream
This week is National Nest Box Week - Have you put yours up yet? Don't forget you can put up boxes/cavities for Swifts, cups for House Martins and Swallows and 'terraced' boxes for House sparrows as well as the more familiar hole boxes for blue and Great tits. Old boots and flower pots can make a come for robins and Wrens. Please send us your unusual nest box photos and especially if they get used  later in the season.

Please send your wildlife photos to solaris.centre@blackpool.gov.uk

The North Blackpool Pond Trail have a Facebook group page

There is a Facebook group for all things Marton Mere LNR including news of events and volunteer projects

There is also a page specifically for wildlife news at Marton Mere https://www.facebook.com/groups/343548299164728/ please Like, Share and post your sightings and wildlife photos from the nature reserve

Follow Marton Mere LNR on twitter @MartonMereLNR

Wednesday 15th February

A very mild mid February day 6 - 10C mostly sunny with a moderate southerly wind

New South Promenade - 3 Curlews, 27 redshanks, 1500 common scoters

Warbreck Hill - Peregrine, song thrush

Regency Gardens - Meadow foxtail (in flower)

Stanley Park - 39 Shovelers, 32 tufted ducks, 13 gadwall, 3 great crested grebes

Salisbury Woodland Gardens - Little egret

Marton Mere LNR - 21 Gadwall, 4 goldeneyes, 2 shelducks (SE), water rail, kestrel, 3 Cetti's warblers, 3 tree sparrows
Tree sparrow
This week is National Nest Box Week - Have you put yours up yet? Don't forget you can put up boxes/cavities for Swifts, cups for House Martins and Swallows and 'terraced' boxes for House sparrows as well as the more familiar hole boxes for blue and Great tits. Old boots and flower pots can make a come for robins and Wrens. Please send us your unusual nest box photos and especially if they get used  later in the season.

Please send your wildlife photos to solaris.centre@blackpool.gov.uk

The North Blackpool Pond Trail have a Facebook group page

There is a Facebook group for all things Marton Mere LNR including news of events and volunteer projects

There is also a page specifically for wildlife news at Marton Mere https://www.facebook.com/groups/343548299164728/ please Like, Share and post your sightings and wildlife photos from the nature reserve

Follow Marton Mere LNR on twitter @MartonMereLNR

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Tuesday 14th February

About average temperatures 1 - 8C sunny but clouding over later becoming drizzly by evening with a decreasing south easterly breeze.

New South Promenade - Grey seal (1st report of the year), 500 common scoters

Staining Nook - 20 Snipe

North Blackpool Pond Trail Kincraig Lake - 8 Teal, 3 shovelers

Salisbury Woodland Garden - Little egret

Heron's Reach golf course - 10 Gadwall, 2 teal

Stanley Park - 69 Tufted ducks, 50 shovelers, 32 gadwall, 3 great crested grebes, 16 herons (on island)

Marton Mere LNR - Bittern (seen twice), 8 lesser redpolls (S), 3 goldeneyes, 3 tree sparrows, 3 water rails, 2 Cetti's warblers, buzzard, kestrel, sparrowhawk
Blue tit inspecting a nest box at South Shore recently by Faye Sanderson
This week is National Nest Box Week - Have you put yours up yet? Don't forget you can put up boxes/cavities for Swifts, cups for House Martins and Swallows and 'terraced' boxes for House sparrows as well as the more familiar hole boxes for blue and Great tits. Old boots and flower pots can make a come for robins and Wrens. Please send us your unusual nest box photos and especially if they get used  later in the season.

Please send your wildlife photos to solaris.centre@blackpool.gov.uk

The North Blackpool Pond Trail have a Facebook group page

There is a Facebook group for all things Marton Mere LNR including news of events and volunteer projects

There is also a page specifically for wildlife news at Marton Mere https://www.facebook.com/groups/343548299164728/ please Like, Share and post your sightings and wildlife photos from the nature reserve

Follow Marton Mere LNR on twitter @MartonMereLNR




Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Monday 13th February

Milder than it felt 3 - 9C sunny with a strong cold easterly wind

Marton Mere LNR - Otter, 3 goldeneyes, 65 common gulls, coal tit

Stanley Park - 7 Mistle thrushes

Town Centre - Peregrine

Warbreck Hill - 25 goldfinches (roosted), peregrine
Mistle thrush

This week is National Nest Box Week - Have you put yours up yet? Don't forget you can put up boxes/cavities for Swifts, cups for House Martins and Swallows and 'terraced' boxes for House sparrows as well as the more familiar hole boxes for blue and Great tits. Old boots and flower pots can make a come for robins and Wrens. Please send us your unusual nest box photos and especially if they get used  later in the season.

Please send your wildlife photos to solaris.centre@blackpool.gov.uk

The North Blackpool Pond Trail have a Facebook group page

There is a Facebook group for all things Marton Mere LNR including news of events and volunteer projects

There is also a page specifically for wildlife news at Marton Mere https://www.facebook.com/groups/343548299164728/ please Like, Share and post your sightings and wildlife photos from the nature reserve

Follow Marton Mere LNR on twitter @MartonMereLNR

Monday, 13 February 2017

Weekend 10th - 12th February

A cold weekend 1 - 5 C mostly cloudy, some drizzle and short sunny spells with a brisk and increasing north easterly wind

Sunday 12th February

Heron's Reach golf course - 8 Gadwall

Marton Mere LNR - 225 Wigeon, 4 goldeneyes, kestrel, coal tit

Stanley Park - 66 Shovelers, 36 gadwall, great crested grebe

Saturday 11th February

Warbreck Hill - Peregrine

Town Centre - Grey wagtail

Stanley Park - 6 Oystercatchers (unusual here)

Marton Mere LNR - 105 Wigeon, 3 goldeneyes, sparrowhawk, 28 fieldfares, 3 Cetti's warblers, great spotted woodpecker

Friday 10th February

Ashworth Road waste depot - Iceland gull

Starr Gate - 10 Red throated divers (S), 2 red breasted mergansers (N), 2 razorbills, eider, 2000 common scoters

Warbreck Hill - 50 Greenfinches, 25 goldfinches, peregrine

Lawson's field - 2 mistle thrushes

Marton Mere LNR - Iceland gull (same individual as above), 4 goldeneyes, great crested grebe, 55 common gulls, sparrowhawk, 25 fieldfares, goldcrest, 20 goldfinches, 2 Cetti's warblers
Red breasted merganser
The North Blackpool Pond Trail have a Facebook group page

There is a Facebook group for all things Marton Mere LNR including news of events and volunteer projects

There is also a page specifically for wildlife news at Marton Mere https://www.facebook.com/groups/343548299164728/ please Like, Share and post your sightings and wildlife photos from the nature reserve

Follow Marton Mere LNR on twitter @MartonMereLNR
 

Friday, 10 February 2017

Thursday 9th February

A cold day -2 - 3C cloudy, light sleet showers in the afternoon, with a moderate but decreasing easterly wind

Marton Mere LNR - Barn owl, kestrel, 2 sparrowhawks, 50 wigeon, 4 goldeneyes, 3 great crested grebes, 28 fieldfares, 3 Cetti's warblers, 2 water rails, coal tit, goldcrest

Starr Gate - 1000 Common scoters

Salisbury Woodland Gardens - Stock dove (very unusual here)

Heron's Reach golf course - Goldeneye, 7 gadwall

Town Centre - 2 Peregrines

Stanley Park - 54 Tufted ducks, 49 shovelers, 39 gadwall, 16 herons (on island), 2 great crested grebes, 2 mistle thrushes, sparrowhawk, great spotted woodpecker   
Tufted duck
The North Blackpool Pond Trail have a Facebook group page

There is a Facebook group for all things Marton Mere LNR including news of events and volunteer projects
There is also a page specifically for wildlife news at Marton Mere https://www.facebook.com/groups/343548299164728/ please Like, Share and post your sightings and wildlife photos from the nature reserve

Follow Marton Mere LNR on twitter @MartonMereLNR
 

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Wednesday 8th February

A chilly day -2 - 5C mostly sunny with a light to moderate easterly wind

Marton Mere LNR - 100 Wigeon, 6 goldeneyes, 2 great crested grebes, 2 buzzards, sparrowhawk, 9 stock doves, 32 fieldfares, 4 song thrushes, 2 Cetti's warblers, goldcrest

Central Pier - 5000 Starlings (left the roost)

New South Promenade - 1500 Common scoters, 20 red throated divers, 5 shelducks (N), 2 eiders (S)
Sparrowhawk at South Shore by Faye Sanderson
 
The North Blackpool Pond Trail have a Facebook group page

There is a Facebook group for all things Marton Mere LNR including news of events and volunteer projects

There is also a page specifically for wildlife news at Marton Mere https://www.facebook.com/groups/343548299164728/ please Like, Share and post your sightings and wildlife photos from the nature reserve

Follow Marton Mere LNR on twitter @MartonMereLNR