After several days of strong SW winds today it was almost breathless with what breeze there was starting from south and making its way around the compass clockwise. Sunny and pleasantly warm.
Caught this morning:
Blackcap 1 (first of year)
Reed Bunting 2
10 Swallows north (first of year)
13 meadow pipits down to mp3
Meadow Pipit 178 (including a sudden “fall” of 120 just after 09:00.
Pied Wagtail 6
Carrion Crow 15
Wheatear 8 female, 2 male
The rest of the south shore located:
Wheatear 8 male 2 female (different birds to Jean's)
Rock pipit 6
|This young Herring gull was ringed in the Isle of Man - details awaited |
Located near the Harbour waterfall by Gareth and Leslie Powley.
Janet checked Heysham Nature Reserve:
|One of the several Chiffchaffs|
John Dent checked Heysham Head foreshore:
Rock Pipits at the usual nest site were carrying nest material as I arrived, then were feeding as the tide dropped.
The pipits were chasing off a pair of wagtails. This happened last year but they still had nests very close to each other.
|Further North along the shore were two more Pipits feeding on the tideline- this is one of them|
Wheatear 1 on the cliff.
Greenfinch 3 singing around the old go cart track area.
Heysham skeer evening low water (MD)
It was a very pleasant evening stroll, but I was grateful that Pete had conducted a thorough count this morning, there were too many birds for an easy count, so I didn't bother. But I can demonstrate why the Great Crested grebe and Red-breasted Merganser are around in large numbers......so are the fish!
These are five Great Crested grebe fishing. The technique is to let one bird scout, as soon as it finds the fish, they all go hunting.