Middleton Nature Reserve - morning
Mute 2 pair
No geese this morning.
Coot 3 adult plus 2 chicks
Tufted duck 1 pair
Gadwall 2 male
Mallard 1 pair
Little Grebe 2 seen
Warblers - all the following seen and or heard: Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Sedge (2), Cetti's (3), Lesser Whitethroat (1), Common Whitethroat (3). Still no sign of Grasshopper warbler here, surely can't be long.
Heysham Nature Reserve - morning
Butterflies abounded on this reserve, which is largely protected from the wind. Including: Orange Tip, Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma and Speckled Wood.
Low water shore line out from Half Moon Bay
Red-Breasted Merganser 9
Great-crested grebe 2
Bar-Tailed Godwit 1
This Great Blak-Backed gull had found this flounder (probably discarded as "too large to swallow" by a cormorant). It wasn't for sharing it!
There wasn't much of the skeer showing, but quite a decent area of it was covered by c4,000 Knot. They were not feeding, they just stood as they do at roost. Then as the tide moved them on, they formed one dense flock. After a spot of murmurating, they gained height until the flock became just a smudge, then disappeared. It would seem that they were moving on.