Monday, 17 October 2011

Bits and bobs on the coastal front

Heysham Obs
Saturday's Cetti's Warbler, hopefully still skulking in the main wetland area (thanks Emma)

A Python-like 'now for something completely different' this morning with no vis mig coverage (lie-in) or ringing etc.  The wind is back in the south-west and intertidal work beckoned.  Well and truly gripped off by Hilbre in the meantime...........but we were short of a decent foot-slogger hitting the early morning nooks and crannies whilst we carried out the ringing/vis mig stuff.  Can't moan about the Cetti's & above is another picture:

Ruff - juv male on Ocean Edge grass, then flew to saltmarsh
Curlew Sandpiper - the first bird seen on the survey - a juvenile in the Ocean Edge saltmarsh channel at low tide, then flew and joined the thousands of calidrids to the south
Little Gull - usual adult Stage outfall/Red Nab and a new adult, almost in fsp, seen from the north harbour wall (per Tom)
Med Gull - three adults Red Nab area at various times
Twinnet - again very frustrating flight-only-at-a distance views, but about 60 on Ocean Edge saltmarsh (6 Linnet and no Twite north harbour wall)

Single Epirrata, Red-line Quaker and Silver Y