Friday 10 April 2020

A good variety, but nothing new

Heysham skeer - low water 08:20
Shag 1 feeding on noth side
Great-Crested Grebe 6
Red-Breasted Merganser 16
These are part of a feeding group of 9 Mergansers on north side, there was a similar group of 7 on south side.
Meadow pipit north c60 in an hour

Half Moon Bay shore
Wheatear 2
Rock pipit 3, at least 1 resident
Swallow 5 north

Old Heliport area
Knot - 16,500 gathered on mud out from Near Naze as the tide was rising. Unfortunately spooked by someone walking along the heliport wall. At least 4,000 returned to south
Meadow pipit 30 in an hour
Alba wagtail 10 in an hour (both Pied and White)

Red Nab area
Mediterranean gull 1. 2cy with common gull on tideline off red nab - a really poor ‘mask’ and not obvious

Middleton Nature Reserve
Cetti's warbler - Shaun located all 5 singing males Mid morning (see yesterday's post). Plus:
Blackcap  8 singing + 2male & 1 female
WIllow warbler 7
Chiffchaff 4
No sign of yesterday's Sedge warbler. By the evening only one Cetti's singing.

Little grebe 2 each on main pond and no swimming pond
Coot the no swimming pond now have three chicks.

A face only a mother could love!