Red-throated Diver Gavia stellata
Fairly common winter visitor and spring passage migrant off the coast. Scarce on inland waters.
Black-throated Diver Gavia arctica
Uncommon annual visitor, mostly on the coast but rare, occasional records inland.
Great Northern Diver Gavia immer
Scarce, less than annual, mostly on the coast. Again scarce on inland waters.
Fulmar Fulmarus glacialis
Fairly common on coasts in late summer and early autumn during onshore winds.
Soft-plumaged (Fea's) Petrel Pterodroma feae
Vagrant. One record in 1995 off Formby Point.
Cory's Shearwater Calonectris diomedea
Vagrant. Three records: 1986 Rossall, 1991 Blackpool, 1993 Formby Point.
Sooty Shearwater Puffinus griseus
Rare autumn visitor. Only one record since 1993.
Manx Shearwater Puffinus puffinus
Common offshore in late summer and autumn, especially during onshore winds.
Balearic Shearwater Puffinus mauretanicus
Vagrant. One record in 1994 off Formby Point.
Little (Macaronesian) Shearwater Puffinus baroli
Vagrant. Two records, the latter being in 1992 at Seaforth.
European Storm-petrel Hydrobates pelagicus
Uncommon offshore in late summer and autumn. Less than annual in occurance.
Leach's Storm-petrel Oceanodroma leucorhoa
Fairly common offshore in variable numbers during September and October gales.
Gannet Morus bassanus
Common summer and autumn visitor offshore in variable numbers. Scarce in winter.
Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo
Common and increasing on coasts and estuaries. Local but increasing inland.
Shag Phalacrocorax aristotelis
Uncommon but probably increasing on coasts. Most records are of immature birds.
Bittern Botaurus stellaris
Rare breeding bird at Leighton Moss. Scarce but probably increasing winter visitor elsewhere, especially Marton Mere, Blackpool.
American Bittern Botaurus lentiginosus
Vagrant. Two records: one in 1845 and one at Marton Mere in 1991.
Little Bittern Ixobrychus minutus
Vagrant. Five records with the last one at Marton Mere in 1997.
Black-crowned Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
Vagrant. Records into double figures with the latest one at Ribchester in 2002.
Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides
Vagrant. One record pre-1986.
Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
Vagrant. First record in 1999 but several since as this species range expands.
Little Egret Egretta garzetta
Scarce but increasing visitor, mainly to coastal marshes in the summer months but occasionally over-wintering. Has attempted breeding recently.
Great White Egret Ardea alba
Vagrant. Two records: 2001 at Marshside and Mere Sands Wood, 2002 at Martin Mere WWT. Now becoming an annual feature with up to four present in 2009.
Grey Heron Ardea cinerea
Scarce breeding resident. Regular passage migrant and winter visitor.
Purple Heron Ardea purpurea
Vagrant. Twelve records with the last being at Leighton Moss in 1996.
Black Stork Ciconia nigra
Vagrant. Five records with the last one at Blea Tarn in 1995.
White Stork Ciconia ciconia
Rare passage migrant. The true picture is being increasingly clouded by free-flying captive birds from the Harewood House estate in Yorkshire. Probably around 18 true records.
Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus
Vagrant. Four records with two at Pilling in 1997. Regular bird around the Ribble from 2006 - first arrived as a juvenile. Tends to spend most of its time at Marshside or Warton Marsh.
Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia
Scarce annual visitor in summer and autumn to coastal marshes. Increasing number of inland records. Has bred in 1999.
Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
Vagrant. One record at Dockacres in the spring of 1997.
Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis
Uncommon but increasing breeding bird. Fairly common in winter.
Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus
Uncommon but increasing breeding bird. Common in winter offshore with concentrations in Morecambe Bay and the Mersey Estuary.
Red-necked Grebe Podiceps grisegena
Scarce winter visitor.
Slavonian Grebe Podiceps auritus
Scarce winter visitor.
Black-necked Grebe Podiceps nigricollis
Scarce visitor, mostly in spring and autumn. Becoming far more regular in neighbouring counties with breeding populations not far away.