|The last of the mist clinging to the warmer water of the outflows 10:00|
|Some of the Bar-Tailed Godwit with a backdrop of mist|
The fog deterred birds from moving over Middleton NR this morning. As an example of how thick the fog was, if you stood on the edge of the grass foreshore of Ocean Edge and looked back, you couldn’t see the caravans.
On arrival at Middleton NR the first bird heard, apart from a Robin ticking, was a Cetti’s Warbler at 06:33hrs. A second Cetti’s responded at 06:40 and a third was heard later on the west.
Overhead vis was no more than a trickle:
Meadow Pipit 8
Reed Bunting 6
Lesser Redpoll 1
Alba Wagtail 3
Grey Wagtail 5
Redwing 1 dropped in
Coal Tit 4 dropped down from height into bushes
Pink-footed Geese got going from 09:45 and a total of 518 flew over in 6 flocks.
A flock of 10 Carrion Crows moved off in twos and threes at about 10:00
Whooper Swans were heard.
Meadow Pipit 1
Reed Bunting 4
Alba Wagtail 1
Chiffchaff 2 (inc 1 retrap)
Brown Hawker (late for this)
3 Common Darter
3 Migrant Hawkers
|Migrant Hawker picture from Janet|
|Chiffchaff passing through my garden this afternoon (MD)|
Heysham Skeer - evening (MD)
Great Crested Grebe 4
Red-Breasted Merganser 2
Knot c2000 again one Sefton Coast flagged bird
|You can get close to the waders, with the sea and sun behind you|
This adult Herring Gull caught a crab
|It flew to shallower water|
|Carefully dropped, the now incapacitated, crab|
|Shouted the juvenile (come and get your dinner...)|
Then flew off
|The juvenile came over and after a bit of snorkelling |
retrieved the crab.
|Then flew off to join the adult.|
This Hermit Crab was upside down on top of a mussel bank. There is no way that it would have been stranded there. A gull must have fished it out but failed to reap its reward. This is a full sized Hermit Crab in a Common Whelk Shell. I returned it to the water.
|I have very large hands.|