Middleton Nature Reserve early am - ringing report from Alan.
South shore (MD)
Early to mid morning on rising tide
Merlin 1 juvenile must have been resting on Ocean Edge foreshore rocks, it flew low (below me) towards Red Nab. I tried to relocate but it must have carried on or gone into the Power Station.
Rock Pipit 1
Little Egret 12
Grey Seal 1
There were Mediterranean Gulls on Red Nab, but I didn't attempt to count them.
Again, the plan was to let the tide bring the waders close as I waited on the mud out from the saltmarsh. At 8.1m the tide was a perfect height for this viewing technique.
There was some sort of gathering on the mud out from Potts Corner, this involved flying microlights around. This had two effects on the waders. It had herded between 5,000 to 7,000 to the corner out from Ocean Edge, which was good. But it also made them very flighty, which wasn't.
Unfortunately, before I was close enough to check them out in detail a Peregrine came hunting. It lifted everything, and they flew off towards the estuary (later the Peregrine returned with a godwit sized capture).
This is just a small fraction of the fleeing birds
I say the Peregrine lifted everything - this Knot seemed oblivious to the mass departure!
|Where did everyone go??|
|Still plenty of food around|
Fortunately a few wader that were feeding nearer the saltmarsh hung around.
|Some of the Grey Plover still almost in full summer plumage.|
This Golden Plover on the left is a juvenile, based on its constant peeping to be fed.
|The bird on the right was silent. Winter Plumage adult? (MD)|
Evening check of wooden jetty area
Rock Pipit 1
Mediterranean gull - 19 adult feeding on sand mason worms. Including the green ringed German bird, and a new white ringed bird.