Peak Number of Adults seen :- 53 (4)
Total Number of Nesting Pairs :- 32
Nests Predated/Abandoned :- 8
Chicks Hatched :- 35
Chicks Surviving :- 19
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23rd May:- Nineteen Chicks seen (included two on The EM Pool). Fifteen Nests still intact. Thirty Seven Adults seen on The EM and Allen Pools. No Avocets on The Flood!

21st May:- Seventeen Avocet Nests on The Allen Pool plus One on The EM Pool. Eight Chicks seen, Two Threes and Two ones! This is the first time I have seen Chicks this year! However John Wilson: Avocet 14 young 2x3 3X2 2X1! Well they must have hatched after I left the site!!

20th May:- A day away with Morecambe HF Ramblers, However, John Wilson; Avocet 10 young 2X3 2 &2x1.

19th May:- John Wilson; Avocet 2 pairs each with a single chick one on the gull island the other at the back near the bank The important thing is the number of Surviving Chicks (I cannot be certain how may Chicks have hatched).

18th May:- The Flood not Counted: Thirty Three Avocets on The Allen and EM Pools. Twenty One Nests Found. Three Nests have been Abandoned/ Robbed and One new nest found on The EM Pool. No Chicks seen, so I must assume there are no live Chicks!

12th May:- Thirty Five Avocets on The Allen Pool. None of the Chicks seen on the last Two Days have survived. I was told today that there are another Four Nests on The Allen Pool that are not visible from A Hide!

11th May:- Two Visits one at 9am, another at 2pm. The same number of Nests as Yesterday! No Chicks seen but plenty of Eggs seen when Birds changed over brooding duties!!! John Wilson; Only 1 young seen today on a afternoon visit. It came out on a changeover went down to the mud pecked around but was either blown over or was weak. it got up and returned to the nest to be brooded.

10th May:- 10am: Six Avocets on The EM Pool plus Thirty Six Avocets on The Allen Pool. Still Twenty Two Nests! The Flood not counted!

However:- John Wilson: First young Avocets from two nests one with 4 young the other with 1 young 3 eggs but both still brooding! Adults carrying off shells. This obviously happened after I left the site!

 

9th May:- Three Avocets on The Flood plus Twelve Avocets on The EM Pool plus Thirty Four Avocets on the Allen Pool. No change in the number of Nesting Pairs but two of the Sitters looked like they probably had Chicks under them!

8th May:- Nine Avocets on The EM Pool plus Thirty Six Avocets on The Allen Pool, The Flood not counted! There are still Twenty Two Nesting Pairs! There should be Chicks shortly!

6th May:- A day away with Morecambe HF Ramblers,

5th May:- Three Avocets on The Flood plus Two Avocets on The EM Pool plus Thirty Four Avocets on The Allen Pool. Two more Nesting Pairs Found, Twenty Two Nesting Pairs seen today!

5th May:- P Crooks; An afternoon walk produced 2 Avocet, 1 Whimbrel and 2 Pink-footed Geese at the mouth of Conder Creek.

4th May:- Four Avocets on The Flood plus Four Avocets on The EM Pool plus Thirty Avocets on The Allen Pool. Another new Nest Found but two more abandoned nests also found!

2nd May:- Fourteen Avocets on The Flood plus Two Avocets on The EM Pool plus Thirty Two Avocets on The Allen Pool. A total of Twenty Nests found, unfortunately another Nest was missing!

1st May:- Allen Pool only; Two new Nests (One on another Island), only Twenty Three Avocets in Total (The missing Birds must be feeding elsewhere)??? Another new nest possible on Island to right of Allen Hide but only viewable from Saltmarsh, I'm not going there!

30th April:- Conder Pool, Two visits Morning and Tea Time. No Avocets seen. There have been occasional sightings of Avocets. Somebody has put a Common Tern Nesting Box on the Avocets Favourite Nesting Site! I was told that One Common Tern was seen Yesterday!

29th April:- Six Avocets on The Flood plus Forty Avocets on The Allen Pool. Another Nest has failed but Two new Nests Found!

28th April:- Six Avocets on The Flood plus Thirty six Avocets on The Allen Pool. Two more Nests Found but another has been Abandoned/Robbed! Fifteen intact Nests Seen!

26th April:- Seven Avocets on The Flood plus One Avocet on The EM Pool plus Forty Five Avocets on The Allen Pool. One Nest has been Robbed but another Nest was found! Near Gale Force Winds so most birds were looking for Shelter!

25th April:- Five Avocets on The Flood plus Thirty Five Avocets on The Allen Pool! There are two more Nesting Pairs! An Egg has rolled down into the water (The Parent Bird is still sitting). Any Eggs outside the Nest are ignored by the Sitting Birds [it is as though they don't exist]!

24th April:- Allen Pool. Richard Du Feu; 1 Avocet nest failed with 2 eggs remaining in the nest and two rolled towards the water. Richard Du Feu; The Flood 1 Fox walking around the edge of the flood! I will check on this report if it ever stops Raining! Maybe The Fox had been to The Allen Pool???

23rd April:- Thirty Five Avocets on The Allen Pool, Twelve Nesting Pairs found! Only The Allen Pool Viewed!

22nd April:- Ian Hartley; Avocet 3 Conder Pool!

22nd April:- A day away with Morecambe HF Ramblers,

21st April:- Nine Avocets on The Flood plus Ten Avocets on The EM Pool plus Thirty Four Avocets on The Allen Pool. Eleven Nesting Pairs found!

20th April:- John Wilson; Avocet 48

19th April:- 9.50am to 12 30pm, No Avocets seen however I did see Six Common Tern Decoys and the Tern Nesting Boxes have been rearranged! Infrequent reports have been noted since the 28th March but none of the Avocets seem to have settled!

18th April:- Mariochin; 2 Avocet on the Conder Pool! I will investigate on The 19th April!

18th April:- 7.30 to 8.30am: Twenty Eight Avocets on The Flood plus Four Avocets on the EM Pool plus Fourteen Avocets on The Allen Pool. The Nests seen on the Fifteenth have survived plus Three more on another Island! The Flood Birds were mostly sheltering from the wind close to the Rail Track! John Wilson saw a Total of Forty Eight Avocets on an Evening Visit!

17th April:- Rain. Rain. Rain. Rain, Plus the usual Twitching Hordes!

16th April:- An invasion of even more Twitchers!

15th April:- Six Avocets on The Flood plus Four Avocets on The EM Pool, Plus Twenty Eight Avocets on The Allen Pool. There are now Three Nesting Pairs on The Allen Pool! Plus an invasion of Twitchers!

14th April:- Six Avocets on The Flood plus Two Avocets on The EM Pool plus Twenty Avocets on The Allen Pool. There is a Nesting Pair on the Island in front of the Allen Hide!

13th April:- John Wilson; EM Complex Avocet 32

13th April:- Conder Pool 9.30am; Two Avocets (a pair) at the Conder Pool. Not Present at 3pm!

12th April:- Three Avocets on The Flood plus Fifteen Avocets on The EM Pool plus Ten Avocets on The Allen Pool. The same total as Yesterday!

11th April:- Three Avocets on The Flood plus Eleven Avocets on The EM Pool plus Sixteen Avocets on The Allen Pool, Two Pair on The Allen Pool are prospecting for a Nest Site! John Wilson:- Avocet 36 Most activity on Eric Morecambe

10th April:- John Wilson; EM Complex, Avocet 36.

9th April- Two Avocets on The Flood plus Six Avocets on The EM Pool plus Nineteen Avocets on The Allen Pool. There is possible Nest on The Allen Pool, this needs to be confirmed! However John Wilson saw Avocet 36 on the EM Complex.

8th April:- A day away with Morecambe HF Ramblers, however John Wilson: Eric Morecambe Complex Avocet 33.

7th April:- Eight Avocets on The Flood plus Seven Avocets on The EM Pool plus Nine Avocets on The Allen Pool.

6th April:- P Crooks; Conder Pool - 2 Avocet.

6th April:- Five Avocets on The Flood plus Two Avocets on The EM Pool plus Twenty Eight Avocets on The Allen Pool!

6th April:- P Crooks: 2 Avocet (at mouth of Conder Creek)

5thApril:- John Wilson, Avocet 30 at Eric Morecambe Complex!

5th April:- Conder Pool: 8.30am, Two Avocets at Conder Pool! I could not find them at 4pm. Barrie Cooper, Conder Pool: Four Avocets!

4th April:- P Crooks; 1 Avocet (at mouth of Conder Creek).

3rd April:- Four Avocets on The Allen Pool plus Nineteen Avocets on The EM Pool, The Flood not counted! John Wilson; Avocet 34 on Flood, 4 on Allen, As I suspected The Majority were on The Flood!

2nd April:- Rain. Rain. Rain. Rain. However John Wilson: Eric Morecambe Avocet 35.

1st April:- Eight Avocets on The Flood plus Fourteen Avocets on The EM Pool plus Fifteen Avocets on The Allen Pool.

31st March:- John Wilson; Avocet 35 on Eric Morecambe, Allen 6 including colour ringed bird from Seal Sands ringed as a chick in 2016.

30th March:- Four Avocets on The Flood plus Seventeen Avocets on The EM Pool plus Ten Avocets on The Allen Pool. This seems to be the stable Avocet number at the moment, however with 70 Avocets reported at Martin Mere things could change!

28th March:- Jean Roberts; Avocet seen by Andrew Cornall today!

28th March:- Four Avocets on The Flood plus Five Avocets on The EM Pool plus Twenty Seven Avocets on The Allen Pool. Obviously an influx of newcomers!

26th March:- Four Avocets on The Flood plus Nine Avocets on The EM Pool plus Eleven Avocets on The Allen Pool. I cannot see Thirty Avocets???

25th March:- P Crooks: 30 Avocet on the EM Pools! I was at Thirlspot with Morecambe HF!

24th March:- 9.30am: Four Avocets on The Flood plus Four Avocets on The EM Pool plus Nine Avocets on The Allen pool!

22nd March:- 10.30am: Ten Avocets on The EM Pool plus Two Avocets on The Allen Pool, The Allen Pool Birds were Mating! Where have all the Avocets Gone short time passing! John Wilson saw: Avocet 22, must have been later in the day! The Wanderers have returned!

21st March:- 10-am; Six Avocets on The Flood plus Fifteen Avocets on The EM Pool plus Two Avocets on The Allen Pool. There doesn't seem to have been any new birds from down south!

19th March:- 9.30am: Twenty Three Avocets on The EM Pool.

17th March:- Twenty Four Avocets on The EM Pool. The Electric Fence has been erected around the Allen Pool and the Avocets have not as yet returned to The Allen Pool

16th March:- Martin Mere At least 125 Avocets.

15th March:- RSPB Staff on Allen Pool, probably erecting an Electric Fence? Thirteen Avocets on The EM Pool.

14th March:- Elaine; Twenty One Avocets on The EM Complex.

13th March:- 2.30pm: Thirteen Avocets on The Allen Pool. However Martin Mere had Fifty Seven Avocets on the 12th Hopefully some of these bird will fly North!

11th March:- Five Avocets on The Flood plus Two Avocets on The EM Pool plus Six Avocets on The Allen Pool!

10th March:- 11am; Four Avocets on The Allen Pool, at 12.15pm they flew to the EM Pool. They fly off at the sightest disturbance!

8th March:- 11am; Five Avocets on The EM Pool, they flew to the Allen Pool later. There have been a few reports re The EM Complex since my last posting but no mention of Avocets being present!

25th February:- John Wilson; Avocet 1, so the single Avocet is still there (hope it doesn't freeze to death in the next seven days)!

24th February:- One Avocet on The EM Pool. All of the Eric Morecambe Complex Pools are partly frozen, most of the Avocets seen yesterday have left the site!

23rd February:- Kevin Kelly; Eric Morecambe Complex, 13 Avocet, No mention of which Pool they were on?

22nd February:-11 20am; Ten Avocets on The Flood, viewed from the Crag Road Viewpoint! My first sighting of Avocets this year! They looked like they had just arrived (all in a tight group and not yet feeding)! Richard du Feu saw Eleven Avocets!

20th February:- No local reports of Avocets, however Twenty Four Avocets at Martin Mere! I will try to find Avocets at Silverdale tomorrow! However; Twenty Four Avocets at Martin Mere!

19th February:- No Avocets visible from The Viewpoint today! The Avocets seen yesterday were probably birds of passage!

18th February:- P Crooks; An influx of 16 Avocets on the Eric Morecambe Pools this morning. Initially the flock were asleep, but were later disturbed and flew to the Flood end of the pools. I was at Greater Langdale!

17th February:- J Carter: First bird back on the Eric Morecambe Pools today. (I could not find any Avocets when I was there, about 12pm)! Martin Mere:- More Avocet arrived today with 7 birds present!

14th February:- An influx of 16 Avocets on the Eric Morecambe Pools this morning. Martin Mere Yesterday’s newly arrived Avocet were joined by another bird. Now Four Avocets!

13th February:- Martin Mere, The first of the returning Avocet were on Vinson’s Marsh this morning, just 3 birds. In the coming weeks this number will increase considerably. Log-1214

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