Sunday 27 September 2020

A better selection

 Light winds started in NE and ended in NW. Sunshine and very blue skies for most of the day.

Middleton Nature Reserve 
Visible migration report from Jean:

Vis 0700-1000 NE F2. All generally south unless stated.

Whooper Swan 5 - first records this autumn 

Marsh Harrier 1  E

Great Spotted Woodpecker 2 N

Raven 1

Skylark 1

Song Thrush 1

Grey Wagtail 8 

alba wagtail 5

Meadow Pipit 12

Chaffinch 2

Linnet 4

Siskin 1

Reed Bunting 7

Early evening (MD)
Jack Snipe 1 - first record this autumn 
Common Snipe 2
Water Rail 1
Kingfisher 1
Cetti's warbler 1 the "No swimming" pond male singing
Little Grebe 1
Now in winter plumage

Dragonflies: Common Darter c15. Migrant Hawker 3
Butterflies: several Small White, Speckled Wood and a single Comma

Ocean Edge/Red Nab
Early morning (PM)
Mediterranean gull 5 (1 adult, 1 2cy and 3 juvenile)
Grey Plover 410

high water 09:10 (MD)
Again lots of Shelduck and waders, I didn't try to count, but the inshore waders on the mud, in order of abundance were:
Grey Plover,
Ringed Plover
Bar-Tailed Godwit,
This young Lapwing looking good in the sunshine.

Wheatear 2
Meadow Pipit 8 SE
Skylark 1 unseen but generally south