Sunday, 16 February 2020

A Little trickle

Provisional update. There might be more than a trickle when other records come in (MD).
The strong southerlies continue, and will for most of the coming week.

There has been no reports of any Brent geese since thE rough weather started last week.

Little gulls - 1 adult on No.2 outflow 15:10. 1 adult with a 1st winter originally in harbour then out 15:30.

Hopefully more later.

Thursday, 13 February 2020

The lull, after the storm

Just a few bits so far today.
Low water channels Heysham skeer
Great Crested Grebe 2
Red-Breasted Merganser 10
Eider 8

Little gull 1 adult behind IoM ferry

Stonechat 1 1st W male Ocean Edge salt marsh

Rock pipits 2 around Red Nab

Shag, probably 2cy, on wooden jetty at high water (ref GP and LP)

Hopefully more later

Wednesday, 12 February 2020

Everything moving back

The gale force westerlies over the last few days eased to "strong winds" this morning and continued to subside throughout the day.
Little gulls
A 1st winter waif was hanging around with the BHG near the wooden jetty at low water.

Reports from the stone jetty indicate that there were between 25 to 30 flying out over the tide.
Three hung around the outflows for a while.
These excellent pictures from Kevin Eaves.





Kittiwake 1 resting on water out from the salt marsh at high water.

The Linnets and Reed buntings also returned to Ocean Edge salt marsh.
Rock pipits 1 near lighthouse plus 3 feeding on the new storm generated flotsam in the corner of salt marsh.
This one, at least, appears to be feeding on a seed, but probably a small pupae.

Stonechat 1 on salt marsh



Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Tuesady - Little gulls close in

The Little gulls had been driven inshore today. By 10:30 they were making their way out past the south wall lighthouse along the wall towards Ocean Edge.
An absolute minimum of 8 including 1 x 1st winter and 1 x 2nd winter.
They were trying to feed just under the wall. This picture shows position and the conditions, there are two Litle gulls  in this frame, centre just out from the wall.

Later 4 birds, including the 1st winter, were resting on the grass area on Ocean Edge, until the sea spray became too intensive and drove them off.
This picture is not "soft focus" the blurriness is the result of looking through a horizontal salt water shower!

Rock pipits. 1 near waterfall and 1 on saltmarsh.


Monday, 10 February 2020

Westerly and woolly

The wind was further round to the west today but seawatching was limited to three multiple records in about 1.5hrs late am

Little gull - loose aggregation of 6 ads gradually being blown in
Kittiwake - flock of c11 wheeling in v quickly
Pintail - flock of 17-18 out

No inshore gulls of interest eg no Med at Knowlys road field despite big roost in field

Middleton Nature Reserve 
Just a quick check of main ponds
Coot 4
Gadwall 10
Teal 2
Little grebe 2 (together and turning to sp)
Jack snipe 1
Stock dove 2
Raven 2



Sunday, 9 February 2020

Wind not delivering - yet

Just 5 ad kitt in 25 min seawatching 

Knot ringed on Sefton coast autumn 2017 - first sighting here


Rock pipit 2 Red Nab

Middleton Nature Reserve
Coot now 4
Gadwall 25
Tufted 2 male

Friday, 7 February 2020

More Knot on the Near Naze

A small proportion of the Knot went on to the Near Naze today on the incoming tide and a few colour combinations (7) were read, but it was hopeless once they decided to settle and roost with three birds being in full view for ages standing on the wrong one leg!   This one is a bit of a mystery but I'm sure the international team will have it sorted soon!

Brent Goose - two pale-bellied on Red Nab outer section at 1130hrs

Rock pipit 1 near Lighthouse

Buzzard 1 on fence in field west of recycling centre