Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Fair weather birding!

This is the 'resident' 1st winter Med taken by Mike Watson during the recent seawatch. Earlier, when there were more traces of juvenile plumage and a less well-defined facial mask, some observers were having problems sorting out this age class from early, rather 'contrasty' juvenile Common Gulls. Thanks Mike.

Heysham Obs
All birding was in an hour between the rain (outside) or in the car (high tide) when one of us should have been thrashing the rain-sodden bushes in reasonable migrant arrival conditions. Too much work to do.

Ocean Edge/Red Nab
These are the same two geese taken a day or so later at Cockersands. Thanks Stuart.
Pale-bellied Brent Goose - 2 unringed adults Red Nab, then off Ocean Edge saltmarsh around midday
Kingfisher - one
Med Gull - adult

North-harbour wall/vis 0830-0900
Rock Pipit - 1 grounded
Meadow Pipit - 3 grounded
Pink-footed Goose - 3 S
Chaffinch - 5 S
Linnet - 5 grounded
Wheatear - one

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