Saturday 5 December 2020

A sleepy sort of day

A light NNE wind with sunshine for most of the day - really a very pleasant, albeit short day.

Knot update - Howard managed to read and photograph this Sefton coast ringed bird, which is a new bird for the bay.

South shore 
Mediterranean gull 1 adult followed the ferry into the harbour
Kevin managed this distant record shot. It appears to have a very dark mask.

Pink-Footed goose 130 north 10:40
Wigeon 180
Ringed Plover 31
Knot 60+  All sleeping in a tight bunch, up to their bellies in a drain. This is the water that drains out of the saltmarsh creek. It must have been this deep when they decided it was the ideal location for a nap. 
The only thing that I could think of (MD), was that the water temperature was warmer than the air. I didn't disturb them but tested the water temperature in the creek. It was cold, I wouldn't fancy standing in it for long! So I have no idea why they were resting there.

Middleton Nature Reserve 
Gadwall 25 (5 on main pond, rest on "no swimming" pond)
Mallard 4
Shoveller 1 male
Little Grebe 2
Water Rail 4 squealing 
No Cetti's warbler heard
Most of the ducks were sleeping too. Some of the Gadwall and a Little Grebe

Another quick check of the foreshore as the sun was setting found nothing new.
It is obvious that we are approaching the winter solstice, the sun set just to the west of Fleetwood!
The "obelisk" on the far left horizon is the Rossal Point observation tower