Wednesday, 23 September 2020

Bypassed by the Pinks

 Northerly wind first NNE then NNW. Overnight rain petered out by 09:30, after that some sunshine and light showers.

South Shore
Pink-Footed Goose - there were large numbers heading south generally. 12,000 over Moffat in Scotland and c5,000 arriving at Martin Mere. The only records over Heysham were 168 south at 10:35 and 15 SE at15:20
Wheatear 4
Great White Egret 1 - 15:20 a flight line from the estuary past the wooden jetty. GWE have been seen reasonably frequently in both directions along this line, both from the Observatory and Potts Corner.
Wigeon 5
Shelduck over 100
Grey Seal 1

At low water on these spring tides the mud is still wet from the previous tide and the waders spread out to feed. There are plenty around, just not immediately obvious. 
Knot - there have been a group of four feeding directly in front of Ocean Edge foreshore rocks all week.
Including this juvenile 

Grey Plover only two seen 
This male still sporting (most of) his summer Plumage

Ringed Plover - spread all across the mud in loose flocks - at least 60
Dunlin - also spread about but in small groups - also c60
These two vigorously feeding

They prey hardly seems to justify the effort!
The one on the left has a small mollusc