Tuesday, 13 October 2020

Better, but some frustration!

Cold NNE wind. Sunshine till about 10:00 after that mainly overcast with showers.

Middleton Nature Reserve 
Visible migration and ringing report from Jean

07:30 - 11:00

NNE F1 3/8 cloud increasing to 8/8 with showers from 10am

Redwing 4

Pink-footed Goose 515 N (flocks of 445/50/20)

Linnet 2

Chaffinch 6

Reed Bunting 2

Goldfinch 17

Greenfinch 1

Bullfinch 1

Skylark 3

Meadow Pipit 1

Pied Wagtail 1

Sparrowhawk 2


Blackbird 3

Song Thrush 1

Snipe 1

Gadwall 18 - arrived high from the east late morning. 3 flew to the shore and the rest landed on the pond at Middleton 


Lesser Redpoll 4, Reed Bunting 4, Goldcrest 3, Wren 1 (plus 1 retrap), Chaffinch 1, Coal Tit 1, Blackbird 1, Blue Tit 2 (plus 1 retrap), Long-tailed Tit 1 retrap.

Pete also had:

2 Whooper Swans over the sea, 

110 Wigeon at Red Nab, 

2800 Knot on the shore.

Mid afternoon (MD)

Mute 4 adult 4 x 1cy

Coot 5

Moorhen 8

Gadwall 19

Teal 11

Mallard 6

Little Grebe 2

Water Rail 2 ( heard only)

Common Snipe 1

Redwing 7 blogging

Cetti's Warbler 2 singing

Chiffchaff 1 calling

Ocean Edge - high water 09:15 (MD)

On shore

Dunlin c150

Bar-Tailed Godwit 2

Dunlin and Oystercatcher feeding out from saltmarsh.
 The SeaTruck was passing the wooden jetty,
with Black Combe behind.

Pink-Footed Goose c750 north 09:10

Just a few of the Pinkfoot

Mediterranean Gull (this is the frustration!) - 1 adult plus 1 x 2nd calendar year on shore with a group of BHG. Both had white darvic rings, unfortunately just, only just, out of reading range, before they were spooked and headed off south.

Both the Meds can be seen on this shot.

There seemed to be a few additional Wrens on the saltmarsh.

This is a slightly different Wren pose.

This young mute was practicing flying on the main pond at Middleton.

Taking off was hard work

but landing looked like fun