Wednesday 19 August 2020

A quiet day

Warm with east winds, a few light showers.

Middleton Nature Reserve early morning (AD. JM)
Ringing session this morning with nets set on both sides at Middleton produced a much reduced catch. The majority of warblers seemed to have left the site during the clear and cool night.

The catch included:
Common Whitethroat 4
Willow Warbler 5
Lesser Whitethroat 2
Chiffchaff 3
Garden Warbler 1
Blackcap 2

Few migrating birds were noted, although the sky was fairly clear and migrants may have been flying high.
The only noted birds were a party of 7 Swallows moving SE and two single Swallows flying low and fast due south.

South shore 
Not much happening.
Wheatear 1
Rock Pipit 2 + 1
Lapwing a grounded flock of 13 with at least 3 juvenile birds

2 hours before high water (PM)

Mediterranean gull - 21 (14 2cy, 5 juvs, 2 ad) two hours pre HT.  this Darvic ringed bird definitely a new (Yellow) one but couldn’t read the four characters.  Undoubtedly a lot of adults had already moved south on the tide  

Whimbrel  1