Autumn in Full Swing

Autumn in Full Swing

Passage migrants and wildfowl on the move as we enter the peak of autumn migration.

Lots to report from the past week or so. The first Pink-footed Geese were seen over the reserve on the 24th with further passage noted in past days including 79 birds moving east this morning (6th Oct). Wildfowl numbers have been fluctuating with up to 75 Gadwall, 100 Teal, 30 Wigeon, 30 Shoveler, 15 Tufted Duck. A single Pintail dropped in on Pit No.1 this morning. Great-crested Grebe still present on Pit No.1

Snipe are numerous with 30+ birds mostly around Meadow Lake. Two Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Curlew and Lapwing. A Jack Snipe was seen on the 24th.

Jack Snipe - Bill Aspin

Jack Snipe (left) with Common Snipe - pic by Bill Aspin

Last of the Swallows still moving through today. Skylarks are now picking up on their move south. Meadow Pipit also moving with over 500 south on the 25th. Other species flying through include Siskin, Redpoll and Linnet. A Wheatear was present on the 27th Sept.

An adult and juvenile Hobby was still present at the end of September. This birds can still be around into October if the weather stays mild. Kestrels, Common Buzzards and Sparrowhawk all present and a Peregrine is occasionally seen.

Other species seen included a Great White Egret on the 1st October. Regular sightings of Goosander, Kingfisher, Little Egret and Grey Wagtail around the reserve.


Great White Egret, former major rarity in Lancashire regularly seen out on the Ribble Estuary

If you are visiting Brockholes and would like to know the best spots for certain species or would like to report any sightings, feel free to pop into the in focus shop based in the Lookout overlooking Pit No.1.