Middleton Nature Reserve- ringing report from Alan
South shore (MD)
Rock Pipit 3 on Red Nab in the morning, 2 near wooden jetty in the evening.
Sandwich Tern 1 adult on Red Nab in morning
|This time of year they remind me of Max Wall.|
But much more entertaining!
Mediterranean gull - I was a bit late getting to Red Nab this morning, any Meds that may have been roosting there were long gone. The were two juveniles flying south from No.2 outflow.
Analysis of long term feeding trends plus the recent decline in the number of feeding birds near the wooden jetty, suggested that today would be the first, in this cycle, when the sand mason worms would not be available. It was teeming down in the evening, but I donned waterproofs and went to check. The irony wasn't lost on me to be delighted to find the beach deserted (just two Oystercatchers). I am not expecting the worms to be readily available again till about the 11th September. I'll keep an eye on the beach, but perhaps not in the pouring rain!
1 juvenile on No.2 outflow in the evening.