Friday 18 September 2020

The wind turns

 Quite a fresh easterly breeze, generally sunny.

The easterlies are set till Tuesday and Pete (M) advises that it could bring some good land birds in, with a reasonable possibility of Yellow-Browed Warbler.

Grey Wagtail ringing surprise re-trap (PM)

A Grey Wagtail was colour ringed whilst taped on NW to SE vis mig on 31/8 and continued to the SE after release. Today a high flying flock of four dropped into the net on vis mig from the NW including the above bird, almost certainly via crossing of Morecambe Bay from the south Lakes as is the norm (using Heysham PS as a cross Bay ‘guide’ hence a flightline concentration) This was 0800 well after ex-immediately local roost time.  All four headed off together to the SE. Almost like it wasn’t happy with its first effort at migration and went back to try again.

Middleton Nature Reserve 
Visible migration report from Jean:
A surge of migrating birds flew over at sunrise then slowed into more of a trickle. Meadow Pipits kept coming over throughout the morning. The first migrating Song Thrush of the autumn was seen. 
Pink-footed Goose 38
Snipe 3
Carrion Crow 22
Swallow 25
House Martin 2
Song Thrush 2
Grey Wagtail 20
alba wagtail 12
Meadow Pipit 500
Chaffinch 1
Linnet 2
Redpoll sp 6
Reed Bunting 2

Results from Jean
Meadow Pipit 43
Pied Wagtail 1
Chiffchaff 1
Great Tit 2

Alan's catch included:
Willow Warbler 1
5 Robin
9 grey wags (plus the retrap!), 
4 Blackcap, 

Mid morning (MD)
Just the western side checked
Cetti's warbler 1 singing
Chiffchaff 1 singing
Dragonflies- just two species seen
Common Darter - everywhere 
Migrant Hawker 8 (all males)
The males tolerate each other's company,
 at least away from breeding areas.

Butterflies - in order of abundance 
Red Admiral 
Speckled Wood
Small Tortoiseshell 
Small White 
Comma 3
Meadow Brown 1
This worn female is quite late.

South Shore - am (MD)
Shelduck 108
Wheatear 6
Rock Pipit 3
Linnet c30
The above grounded, below heading south
Meadow Pipit 35 in ones and twos (including some seen from the west side of MNR)
Swallow 2 

Weasel 1 flushed from the flotsam at Red Nab by the rising spring tide.

Raven - 1 over the barrows early pm (ref Janet)

This Black-Headed Gull was near the waterfall. It has an extra toe growing out from its left knee!
What do you call a gull with a toe growing from its knee?