Bird(s) of the day would have been the 5 Whooper Swans that flew south over Heysham NR but a surprise flyby of a Hawfinch at Middleton NR was rather rarer.
Weather: A calm start then becoming NE F3 for a while then calming down again with air from WNW. Cloudy first thing giving way to clear skies and bright sunshine.
Vis at Middleton NR 07:30 - 11:30 - birds heading in a variety of direction, many heading north.
Buzzard 1 east at 10:34
Meadow Pipit 12
Lesser Redpoll 5
Reed Bunting 2
HAWFINCH 1 NNW
Ringing at MNR
Blue Tit 2
Lesser Redpoll 4
Meadow Pipit 1
Retraps - Blackbird 1, Long-tailed Tit 2, Goldcrest 1, Robin 1
Controls (ie birds from elsewhere) - Lesser Redpoll 1
Whooper Swan 5 at 08:50 heading south
Blue Tit 1
Retraps - Dunnock 1, Blackcap 1, Goldcrest 1
Controls - Goldcrest 1
Heysham Head - vis
Lesser Redpoll 2
Meadow Pipit 28
Blue Tit 3
Golden Plover 1
a) Heysham Head and surroundings:
Meadow Pipit 14
Rock Pipit 4
Stonechat - pair
b) the mound at the end of the North Harbour Wall:
Meadow Pipit 5
Med Gull - Czech veteran on the railings
Over 500 Eider in one raft off the skeer.
Also a Great Crested Grebe.
Thanks to the following observers: Andrew Cornall, Joanne Bradley, Malcolm Downham, Dan Haywood, Pete Marsh, John Mason, Jean Roberts.
Report by JR