Today's posting is from Jean.
The posting heading could be a name for a funpub but it certainly wasn't fun for the Gull. A young herring gull had found what it thought was some food, only to become snared by a discarded hook and fishing line. It was impossible to rescue the bird as it was at the bottom of the sea wall and the tide was in. It will be a slow, horrible and sickening death for the bird and just because of someone's thoughtlessness and carelessness. I intend to take a plastic bag with me every time I visit the North Harbour Wall and pick up any fishing line. I don't understand why some people think that it is someone else's job to pick up their rubbish. Instead of hiding beer cans under rocks or just chucking fishing line on the ground I wish they would clear up after themselves.
Heysham Nature Reserve
alba Wagtail 6
Starling 109 east
Grey Wagtail 1
Pink-footed Goose 150 west at 0845
Also 1 Skylark over at 1200hrs
On a walk round the reserve:
Blackbird 15, Song Thrush 1, Robin 20, Chaffinch 3, Goldcrest 18, Coal Tit 2, Chiffchaff 1, Yellow-browed Warbler? 2 calls heard but didn't manage to see the bird. Wren 7, Great Tit 11, Blue Tit 9, Dunnock 5, Long-tailed Tit c16 in 2 flocks, Bullfinch 3, Moorhen 1, Water Rail 1, Magpie 4, Carrion Crow 4, Woodpigeon 7, Jay 1, Cormorant 1 ! - the latter landed on the fire pond near the hut. Sparrowhawk 1
North Harbour Wall
2 Mediterranean Gulls - adults, one with yellow darvic, one with metal ring (Czech bird?)
Reed Bunting 1
Scandinavian Herring Gull seen by Ian W.
South Harbour Wall
Linnets commuting to North Harbour Wall
Oystercatcher - several hundred
Litle Egret 1