A particular highlight this month was the news from Derek Forshaw of a record number of Pink-
Also making the news was the annual influx of Whooper Swans, mainly from Iceland. At Martin Mere, these had reached an impressive and noisy total of 1230 by 25th. Visiting bird-
Little Egrets seem to be increasing all the time and I heard that up to 80 were counted at Freckleton on the north Ribble. They are certainly a fixture at Marshside now, as many as 20 being seen on 7th. Several are roosting at night on one of the Southport Marine Lake islands. The closely related Cattle Egret is also spreading north from the continent, a pair having bred in Somerset this year. One was seen at Marshside but the first multiple sighting in Lancashire was of three associating with a flock of sheep at Downholland Cross, which I rushed over to see on 1st.
The more usual winter visitors included four Snow Buntings on Ainsdale beach and several reports of Woodcock; I managed to see two of these elusive, well-
The Formby Black Poplar hunt that I reported on in October continued throughout November, more specimens being found at Range Lane, Larkhill and the area west of St Luke’s Church. The grand total is now approaching 500!
Finally, Graham Jones of the Lancashire Wildlife Trust sent me details of 69 different moths that he and Richard Burkmar recorded in just two August visits on Birkdale Green Beach. They include a new species for Lancashire and one not seen in the region since the 1950s. These records add further to the already sky-