Thursday, 27 April 2017

Wednesday 26th April

Another very cold day for late April 2 - 9C sunny with a bitingly cold moderate north west wind

Lawson's Wetland - 2 Grasshopper warblers, Cetti's warbler, sparrowhawk, blackcap

Lawson Road allotments - Cetti's warbler

Heron's Reach - Grasshopper warbler

Staining Nook - Grasshopper warbler, Cetti's warbler, peacock, green veined white , small tortoiseshell, speckled wood, orange tip butterflies

Stanley Park - 10 Swallows, 8 house martins, 2 great crested grebes

Warbreck Hill - Chiffchaff

Starr Gate - Goosander (N), 2 red breasted mergansers (N), 16 eiders (S), 21 red throated divers (N), 42 Sandwich terns (N), 11 auk sp (N), 2 gannets (N)

Marton Mere LNR - 2 Grasshopper warblers, 3 sedge warblers, 2 Cetti's warblers, whitethraot, lesser whitethroat, wheatear, black tailed godwit, oystercatcher, lapwing, buzzard, 2 great crested grebes
Female orange tip butterfly 
Please send your wildlife photos to solaris.centre@blackpool.gov.uk

EVENT - The Friends of North Blackpool Pond Trail are holding a Family Bird Bingo birdwatching morning on Saturday 6th May 10am - 12 noon. Meet at the Bird Viewing Area at Kincraig Lake opposite the Spar shop on Kincraig Road. Bring binoculars and camera if you have them.
This event is FREE but a donation to the Friends of North Blackpool Pond Trail would be welcome

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, 26 April 2017

Tuesday 25th April

A cold day 0 - 10C Mostly sunny with a bitingly cold brisk northerly wind

New South Promenade - Skua sp (N)

Staining Nook - 2 Whitethroats

Marton Mere LNR - 4 Whitethroats, 3 sedge warblers, 5 willow warblers, 4 Cetti's warblers, 2 house martins, black tailed godwit, lapwing, 3 great crested grebes, 8 gadwall, 2 kestrels, buzzard, sparrowhawk, 7 stock doves

Devonshire Road Rock Gardens - Sparrowhawk
Whitethroat at Marton Mere last April
Please send your wildlife photos to solaris.centre@blackpool.gov.uk

EVENT - The Friends of North Blackpool Pond Trail are holding a Family Bird Bingo birdwatching morning on Saturday 6th May 10am - 12 noon. Meet at the Bird Viewing Area at Kincraig Lake opposite the Spar shop on Kincraig Road. Bring binoculars and camera if you have them.
This event is FREE but a donation to the Friends of North Blackpool Pond Trail would be welcome

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, 25 April 2017

Thursday 20th - Monday 24th April

A mixed week mostly cool for late April 5 - 13C sunny spells with cold  north westerly winds

Monday 24th April

Starr Gate - Fulmar (N), 100 Manx shearwaters, 25 red throated divers, 75 gannets, 7 kittiwakes (N), 3 whimbrels (N), 2 red breasted mergansers (N), 11 Eiders (S), 20 unidentified auks, 7 Sandwich terns

North Shore - Fulmar (N), 17 gannets, 3 Manx Shearwaters (N), 2 red throated divers, 4 eiders, 3 whimbrels (N), 2 Sandwich terns (N)

Warbreck Hill - Song thrush

Marton - Green tortoise beetle

Marton Mere LNR - 11 Black tailed godwits, lesser whitethroat, 3 whitethroats, 3 sedge warblers, 3 Cetti's warblers, 40 swallows, 35 sand martins, 2 house martins, 2 great crested grebes, 2 shelducks, buzzard, 2 sparrowhawks, kestrel, 2 tree sparrows

Staining Nook - Cetti's warbler, 2 long tailed tits

Stanley Park - Common sandpiper, 10 swallows, 5 house martins, 5 sand martins, 3 great crested grebes

Lawson's Wetland - Cetti's warbler

Sunday 23rd April

Heron's Reach - Green veined white butterfly, holly blue butterfly

Heron's Reach golf course - 2 Cetti's warblers

Lawson's field - Cetti's warbler

Staining Nook - Orange tip butterfly

Stanley Park - Common sandpiper

Marton Mere LNR - 2 Bullfinches, 2 grasshopper warblers, lesser whitethroat, 3 whitethroats, 3 sedge warblers, 6 Cetti's warblers, 6 Chiffchaffs, 5 blackcaps, sparrowhawk, 8 stock doves, common sandpiper, 5 wheatears

Saturday 22nd April

Devonshire Road Rock Gardens - 2 Blackcaps, 2 Chiffchaffs, coal tit, goldcrest, song thrush

Staining Nook - Blackcap

Stanley Park - Common sandpiper, 2 great crested grebes, treecreeper, 2 goldcrests

Marton Mere LNR - 17 Wheatears, grasshopper warblers, lesser whitethroat, 2 whitethroats, 3 sedge warblers, 4 Cetti's warblers,  2 black tailed godwits, snipe, 2 great crested grebes, buzzard, kestrel

Starr Gate - 4 Red breasted mergansers (N), 11 red throated divers (N), 113 Manx shearwaters (N), 11 gannets (N), 3 whimbrels (N), 20 kittiwakes (N), 54 Sandwich terns (N), guillemot

Friday 21st April

Warbreck Hill - Willow warbler

Regency Gardens - Willow warbler, chiffchaff, blackcap

Starr Gate - 36 Gannets, guillemot, 14 eiders (S), Manx shearwater (N), 6 Sandwich terns

Heron's Reach golf course - 4 Tufted ducks, Cetti's warbler

Lawson's Wetland - Cetti's warbler

Marton Mere LNR - Cuckoo, lesser whitethroat, 2 whitethroats, grasshopper warbler, 2 sedge warblers, 4 reed warblers, 4 Cetti's warblers, 120 sand martins, 5 wheatears, 8 linnets, 2 black tailed godwits, 2 great crested grebes, kestrel

Thursday 20th April

Warbreck Hill - Willow warbler

Devonshire Road Rock Gardens - 2 Moorhens, 2 blackcaps, 2 chiffchaffs, willow warbler, song thrush

Stanley Park - Common sandpiper, nuthatch

Lawson's Wetland - Whitethroat

Marton Mere LNR - Ring ouzel, 10 wheatears, little grebe, great crested grebe, snipe, white wagtail, 2 lapwings, buzzard, 2 sparrowhawks, kestrel, whimbrel, lesser whitethroat, 2 whitethroats, 2 sedge warblers, 6 reed warblers
Green tortoise beetle along the North Blackpool Pond Trail a few years ago by Raf Lopato
Please send your wildlife photos to solaris.centre@blackpool.gov.uk

EVENT - The Friends of North Blackpool Pond Trail are holding a Family Bird Bingo birdwatching morning on Saturday 6th May 10am - 12 noon. Meet at the Bird Viewing Area at Kincraig Lake opposite the Spar shop on Kincraig Road. Bring binoculars and camera if you have them.
This event is FREE but a donation to the Friends of North Blackpool Pond Trail would be welcome

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, 20 April 2017

Wednesday 19th April

About average temperatures for mid-April 4 - 11C mostly sunny with a light south westerly wind

Warbreck Hill - 200 Pink footed geese (N)

Stanley Park - 20 Swallows, 2 house martins, 4 great crested grebes

Lawson's Wetland - 2 Cetti's warblers, whitethroat

Marton Mere LNR - Black tailed godwit, sedge warbler, 6 reed warblers, lesser whitethroat, 40 sand martins, 40 swallows, buzzard, kestrel, sparrowhawk, tree sparrow, great crested grebe

Heron's Reach - Stoat

New South Promenade - 3 Shelducks (S), Sandwich tern

Solaris Centre - white butterfly sp (1st of the year here)
Stoat by Cliff Raby http://www.fyldecoastwildlife.co.uk/
Please send your wildlife photos to solaris.centre@blackpool.gov.uk

EVENT - The Friends of North Blackpool Pond Trail are holding a Family Bird Bingo birdwatching morning on Saturday 6th May 10am - 12 noon. Meet at the Bird Viewing Area at Kincraig Lake opposite the Spar shop on Kincraig Road. Bring binoculars and camera if you have them.
This event is FREE but a donation to the Friends of North Blackpool Pond Trail would be welcome

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, 19 April 2017

Tuesday 18th April

A cold day for mid-April 0 - 10C sunny with a light southerly wind

Stanley Park - 2 Great crested grebes, 4 blackcaps, willow warbler

Layton Cemetery - Buzzard, great spotted woodpecker, 2 Mistle thrushes, 2 chiffchaffs, willow warbler

Lawson's Wetland - Cetti's warbler

Marton Mere LNR - Whinchat, black tailed godwit, 20 willow warblers (everywhere!), 3 reed warblers, 3 house martins, 8 swallows, 2 sparrowhawks, 2 little grebes, 2 great crested grebes, tree sparrow, orange tip butterfly, speckled wood butterfly, peacock butterfly

Heron's Reach golf course - 2 Tufted ducks

Staining Nook - Cetti's warbler

Starr Gate - 2 Whimbrels, 27 Sandwich terns, guillemot
Black tailed godwit at Marton Mere
Please send your wildlife photos to solaris.centre@blackpool.gov.uk

EVENT - The Friends of North Blackpool Pond Trail are holding a Family Bird Bingo birdwatching morning on Saturday 6th May 10am - 12 noon. Meet at the Bird Viewing Area at Kincraig Lake opposite the Spar shop on Kincraig Road. Bring binoculars and camera if you have them.
This event is FREE but a donation to the Friends of North Blackpool Pond Trail would be welcome

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, 12 April 2017

Thursday 6th to Tuesday 12th April

A very mixed week 0 - 16C

Tuesday 11th April

Devonshire Road Rock Gardens - Chiffchaff

Starr Gate - Grey seal, 18 gannets (N), 12 Manx shearwaters (N), 2 kittwakes (N), guillemot, 2 swallows (N)

Stanley Park - 28 Tufted ducks, 4 great crested grebes, willow warbler

Staining Nook - 4 Blackcaps, 2 chiffchaffs

Heron's Reach golf course - 2 Great crested grebes, Cetti's warbler

Salisbury Woodland Garden - 2 Blackcaps

Marton Mere LNR - Little gull, black tailed godwit, 3 oystercatchers, sparrowhawk, kestrel, 6 stock doves, 3 tree sparrows, 4 Cetti's warblers, 3 willow warblers, reed warbler, 60 sand martins, swallow

Monday 10th April

Heron's Reach golf course - Cetti's warbler

Lawson's field - Cetti's warbler

Marton Mere LNR - 2 House martins, 2 swallows, 25 sand martins, 5 Cetti's warblers, 4 blackcaps, 3 willow warblers, 4 chiffchaffs, reed warbler, 5 tree sparrows, sparrowhawk

Sunday 9th April

Starr Gate - 5 Sandwich terns

Marton Mere LNR - Black tailed godwit, 3 house martins, 4 swallows, 7 sand martins, little grebe, 9 stock doves, grasshopper warbler, 4 Cetti's warblers, reed warbler, 4 willow warblers, 4 chiffchaffs, kestrel, sparrowhawk

Saturday 8th April

Norbreck - 3 Sandwich terns (S)

Town Centre - (Visible migration) Tree pipit (over), lesser redpolls (over), siskins (over), linnets (over)

Lawson's Wetland - 2 Cetti's warblers

Mereside Tesco car park - 40 Pied wagtails

Warbreck Hill - Speckled wood butterfly, red tailed bumble bee

Heron's Reach golf course - 2 Sparrowhawks (over)

Stanley Park - Nuthatch, 2 goldcrests

Marton Mere LNR - 2 Little ringed plovers, black tailed godwit, 2 oystercatchers, 3 lapwings, 2 little grebes, 3 great crested grebes, 6 stock doves, 15 sand martins, swallow, tree sparrow, grasshopper warbler, 2 reed warblers, 6 Cetti's warblers, 5 chiffchaffs, 5 blackcaps, 3 willow warblers,  sparrowhawk, 2 speckled wood butterflies

Salisbury Woodland Garden - Blackcap, chiffchaff

Starr Gate - 21 Whooper swans (N), 25 pink footed geese (N), 2 wigeon (S), 12 red throated divers, 3 gannets (N), 7 common terns (N), 2 Sandwich terns (N), 2 razorbills, guillemot, 2 swallows (N)

Friday 7th April

Town Centre - Grey wagtail, swallow (over)

Norbreck - Grey seal, gannet

Starr Gate - Great northern diver, 16 red throated divers, 10 gannets (N), 3 Sandwich terns (N), razorbills, 1500 knot

New South Promenade - 4 Lesser spotted catshark mermaid's purses, thornback ray mermaid's purse

Staining Nook - Blackcap

Marton Mere LNR - Reed warbler, 4 blackcaps, 4 willow warblers, 6 Cetti's warblers, 50 sand martins, 3 swallows, little grebe, snipe, 2 sparrowhawks, great spotted woodpecker, 2 tree sparrows, 50 linnets

Thursday 6th April

Starr Gate - 20 Sandwich terns (N), 25 eiders (S), 200 common scoters (N), 15 red throated divers (N), 4 red breasted mergansers (N), 3 gannets (N), 4 siskins (N)

Norbreck - Gannet (N)

Stanley Park - 23 Tufted ducks, 4 great crested grebes, oystercatcher

Marton Mere LNR - 2 Little ringed plovers (SW), water rail, 6 Cetti's warblers, 5 blackcaps, 4 chiffchaffs, reed warbler, 100 sand martins, 3 swallows, 2 tree sparrows, 25 linnets, 2 oystercatchers, 2 lapwings, 2 sparrowhawks, buzzard, kestrel
Speckled wood
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

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Wednesday 5th April

About average for early April 7 - 11C mostly cloudy with a chilly westerly wind

North Blackpool Pond Trail Kincraig Lake - Willow warbler, 4 tufted ducks, 2 teal, great crested grebe

North Blackpool Pond Trail Community Orchard - 3 Chiffchaffs, blackcap

North Blackpool Pond Trail Holyoake Avenue - 3 Bee orchids (rosettes), Mistle thrush

Marton - Pipistrelle bat

Staining Nook - Blackcap

Marton Mere LNR - Merlin, peregrine, sparrowhawk, kestrel, 3 buzzards, 23 teal, 2 oystercatchers, 2 lapwings, 6 Cetti's warblers, 5 chiffchaffs, 4 blackcaps, 3 willow warblers, 40 sand martins, swallow, great spotted woodpecker

New South Promenade - Gannet
Blackcap
Please send your wildlife photos to solaris.centre@blackpool.gov.uk

WILDLIFE EVENT - Family Easter holiday rockpooling event at the Solaris Centre Friday 7th April 2 - 3pm near the Mirror Ball. Meet at the Solaris Centre, wear wellies or old shoes you don’t mind getting wet. Bring a net and bucket if you have them, a fine meshed net is best.
This event is FREE.


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