The first half of the autumn was characterised by dry, settled weather caused by areas of high pressure, the North Atlantic Jet Stream being positioned well to the north of the British Isles; as a result only about 40% of average rainfall was recorded in Northwest England during September and October. However, in early November everything changed, an unusually powerful Jet Stream drifting south put us in the direct line of a series of low-
Marshside became extensively flooded during the month, attracting large numbers of ducks. I counted at least 80 elegant Pintails and 90 Shovelers on 25th, together with the inevitable Mallard, Teal, Wigeon and Gadwall. As usual, two predatory Greater Black-
As well as being wetter than expected, the month was also incredibly mild. I saw frost on only one morning, while west Wales recorded the UK record high November temperature of 22.3oC in the first week. 2015 seems set to be the warmest year on record world-
A walk down to Cabin Hill via the Ravenmeols Woods on 3rd revealed an autumn influx of Blackbirds, very wild and flighty, together with a small flock of Scandinavian Redwings. The open dunes provided a male Stonechat, while Kestrel, Sparrowhawk and Buzzard represented the raptors. The star bird, though, was a Short-
Few usual birds were reported during the month but John Dempsey told me of a male Black Redstart that spent several days around the Ainsdale Discovery Centre, while a Water Pipit at Crossens Marsh was a good find.
A spectacular flock of about 4000 Black-
A report from Irene Delgado-