Saturday, 8 February 2014

Some signs of spring!

Heysham Obs
Skylark increasing to two at Middleton, Coot starting to return and pair up, the Mute Swan adults continue trying to kick the young out, otherwise it was the usual howling gale and pulses of rain

Middleton NR (thanks Malcolm)
Mute 2 pair + 7 cygnet
21 tufted duck
4 pochard (2 male)
10 mallard
1 2CY male Scaup
42 teal
3 gadwall
7 coot
2 moorhen
2 skylark (together on plateau were linnet used to feed)
1 meadow pipit (with above)
2 stock dove
10 wood pigeon

Coastal sightings
Kittiwake - 2 ad & 2 2CY harbour
Little Gull - 4 x 2CY, 1 Ad outfalls, later 3 ads outfall and another ad off harbour mouth and increasing to 16 on outfalls by 1600hrs
Guillemot - two in  harbour
Med Gull - two adults harbour area
Grey Wagtail - one harbour wall 
No food and no finches north wall - quite at bit put out at 1200hrs
Nothing apparently happening offshore in rough-ish seas

Late news for yesterday - flock of 12 Kittiwakes flew 'in'