Saturday, 21 January 2017

Solitary Pochard

Presumably the same male Pochard, displaced from Middle Nature Reserve model boat pond last Saturday, has returned. But no sign of the female that was accompanying it.
Also on MNR ponds.
9 Tufted duck
7 Gadwall
6 Mallard
10 Teal

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Another Dull Day

Heysham Nature Reserve
A low key ringing session by John this morning at the Hut feeding station caught just 21 birds:
Blue tit - 4, no retraps was surprising
Long-tailed Tit - 1 plus 4 retraps
Great Tit- 3 retraps
Chaffinch - 1 plus 1 retrap
Goldfinch - 1 plus 3 retraps
Robin - 1 retrap
Greenfinch - 2

NHWall Feeding Site
17 Linnets there mid morning with 1 Goldfinch.

23 Linnets, 1 goldfinch there on Monday 16th and on Sunday 15th there were 10 Linnet, 1 Dunnock, 1 Robin and 2 Rabbits at the seed.
No sign of any Twite and no further information on the reported flock from last Friday.


Sunday, 15 January 2017

Ratty webs

A rat was a pain today as it disturbed the heliport roost necessitating a recount and backtrack to sites already counted!  The webs was otherwise fairly routine with just a single ad med gull on fishers roof of note - presumably the Czech bird.

North Harbour Wall - low tide a.m.
No sign of Twite reported on  Friday.
On feeding area:
Linnet - 10, 3 of them wearing rings
Robin - 1
Dunnock - 1
Rabbit - 2


Anyone able to add any more to the report of 43 finches including about 30 Twite at the north wall feeder during the heavy seas and therefore saltmarsh flooding on Friday 13th please?  Thanks.

Yesterday saw the model boat pond living up to its name and the winter duck were dispersed, including the Pochard off-site somewhere and 5 of the Gadwall to the no swimming pond.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Tide miscalculation

Arrived at Ocean Edge salt marsh an hour before high tide, but the marsh was already almost completely covered. Even so a reasonable count:
Common snipe 98
Jack snipe 3
Ringed plover 3
Reed bunting 1

Model boat pond
As you were
Pochard - male and female
Tufted Duck - 5
Gadwall - 7
Little Egret - 1

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Big seagull dearth

Had about an hour to spare today and decided to scan all the likely spots for large Larids but there were hardly any including a notable zero on the model boat pond

Little gull - adult offshore
Pochard - male and female model boat pond
Gadwall - 7 mbp

Just out of the area was an ad med gull on the mudflats by the battery 

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Middleton update

A circuit of Middleton Nature Reserve late morning failed to relocate yesterday's Scaup, but Tim Butler pond is largely obscured and it could easily have been missed.
Male and female Pochard now feeding together on model boat (main) pond.
Cetti's warbler  and Water rail calling from western scrape, the former very intermittently.

Mute 4 adult + 4 immature
Tufted 6
Pochard 2
Gadwall 7
Teal 7
Mallard 6
Little egret 1
Water Rail 2
Common Snipe 1
Cetti's warbler 1