Saturday 30 November 2013

Lovely Morning for a Stroll

Heysham North Harbour wall
A beautifully clear morning but small numbers of birds.
Around the feeding area were:
Linnet - 16, some already ringed
Goldfinch - 4
Dunnock - 2
Robin - 1
Feral Pigeon - 3
Gentleman Reading Newspaper - 1.  This person sauntered down over the feeding area to the harbour's edge whilst I was trying to count through a telescope and then slowly returned, stopping every few steps to concentrate on his newspaper, even stopping for a couple of minutes standing on the seed to carefully read an extra-gripping piece of news!

Mediterranean Gull - 1 adult with right leg ring above tarsal joint.

Ocean Edge saltmarsh
No finches present. Area and caravan park quiet.

Middleton Nature Reserve
2 mute + 7 cygnets
2 coot
14 moorhen (9 in horse's field near Tim Butler)
6 gadwall
3 tufted
3 mallard
42 teal
1 cormorant - feeding on boating pond, but didn't see it catch anything
2 little egrets - also "feeding" on boating pond
1 snipe
also heard Water Rail (or small piglet)
1st winter BHG with metal ring - lower right leg (from Leighton?)
70 linnet
2 bullfinch
8 meadow pipit

Hut Moth Trap
Angle Shades - 1
Mottled Umber - 1