|Mute Swan, last shot for the family album?|
|Wigeon coming in to land|
|Mute Swan, last shot for the family album?|
|Wigeon coming in to land|
|Knot with orange flag, remained unread|
|The Cormorants were heading back to their wooden jetty roost, before this |
storm arrived. I followed suit and headed for home, narrowly avoiding a drenching!
|Cormorants resting on Conger|
|Predominately white male "mallard ". Presumably a recent ancestor was being|
fed in a farmyard. Although this bird was "wild" and shied away from visitors.
So possibly a natural mutation? (MD)
|The first of, hopefully, many Wigeon on Red Nab|
|This Grey Plover was the closest wader to the saltmarsh, it looked like it had|
been blown there and was bracing itself against the wind.
Low key due to low cloud
Grey Wagtail 10 (7 trapped and ringed)
alba wagtail 9 - still not many moving
Meadow Pipit 48
Goldfinch 61 (one and a flock of 60)
House Martin 2
Pink-footed Goose 80 north presumably to feeding areas and 143 south plus a flock heard but not seen
Jay 3 - there is an irruption (if that is the right word) of Jays all over the country due to the failure of the acorn crop. Birds are roaming around in search of acorns.
Reed Bunting 1
Cetti's Warbler 1 on the west
Water Rail 1 on the west
Goldcrest 2 heard
Robin 1 "ticking" - presumably a migrant
All new birds unless stated.
Grey Wagtail 7 colour ringed
Meadow Pipit 2
Long-tailed Tit 5 retraps, the oldest was one ringed in May 2019
Blue tit 10
Great Tit 1
A flock of what appeared from a distance to be 10+ Goldfinch turned out to be the tit flock in the ringing totals!
|This is a still from the clip as the merganser first surfaces, you can make out the small|
fish it has caught. It would be nice to think that the excitement stems from it being its
first catch. But realistically it has probably had its prize snatched away before, and it
wasn't going to happen this time! (MD)
|Juvenile Shag - just a blown up still from the above clip|
Very low cloud with light occasional drizzle. The breeze started SW but moved to SE by mid morning, then back to south by lunchtime. Some sunny periods later in the day.
It was mild and humid this morning with low misty cloud. Birds caught and ringed were:
Meadow Pipit 3
Grey Wagtail 1 (of 6 seen)
Reed Bunting 2
Great Tit 2
plus one each of Dunnock, Reed Warbler, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Blue Tit.
Plus Pink-Footed geese covered below.
Recording area Pink-Footed Geese. Between Alan, Jean, Pete, Janet and myself (MD). We counted 12,200 up to 11:45 from various Heysham and Middleton locations. There is a possibility of a small overlap with Middleton, but if so almost certainly cancelled out by my woeful undercounting (every flock I photographed contained many more birds than I initially tallied, unfortunately I only photographed a few).
Heysham skear - low water 09:00.
Pink-Footed geese - from 08:15 to 09:30 there were many but mainly smallish skeins (typically 50 - 70 birds). These were flying low, little choice with the low cloud, and due south most along the middle of the bay.
But by 09:30 when the tide was rising quickly the skeins dramatically increased in size. Pete had already counted 1,100 on a mudflat out from the sunny slopes, these later flew over my head as they were flushed by the tide. By that time the breeze had shifted a bit to the east and the largest skeins crossed inland to the east well before Middleton. Presumably many more groups had been resting on the bay mudflats. I left the skear at 10:30, by that time it had returned to the odd medium sized skein.
For a while it was almost a continuous conveyor belt of movement, sorry about the loss of focus on this clip.
Little Egret 23 - there were 17 feeding in this small pool (shrimps) as I walked out.
There were still 14 in the same pool when I returned. It is obviously is a good catchment pool for shrimps on this height tide. This shot is on the return leg is just to show the location of the pool, clearly visible from the promenade.
|Location of the current favourite shrimping pool for the Little Egret |
That is the road from Four Lane Ends top right
Scaup 1 - this was a bonus, and initially an error. The light was so poor everything was just shades of grey. I originally identified it as a Pochard (MD), but on checking with Pete, and looking at my photographs, realised that it wasn't.
In this clip it is quite distant, but when an Eider surfaces with a crab it dives down for a look.
This is a clearer view. The gull in the foreground at the start of the clip also had a crab, as did many other birds seen today. No idea why it was a bad day to be a crab!
|Drake Scaup, plus an Eider|
The fresh west breeze continues. The clouds were very low all day with fine rain till mid morning.
|Redshank roosting on the old heliport wall|
|Curlew from three different angles|
The fresher wind continued from SW. overcast all day, but it remained dry.
|Kevin Singleton took this shot of a Rock Pipit near|
Half Moon Bay cafe
|Some of the Gadwall were feeding|
A much fresher WSW to SW wind today, overcast in the morning but largely sunny in the afternoon.
|Migrant Hawker on Middleton Nature Reserve|
|Female Common Darter Heysham Moss Nature Reserve|
A light west breeze mainly overcast with the occasional bright spell.
Apart from five new Grey Wagtails and three Meadow Pipits the only other captures this morning were singles of Wren, Robin, Blackcap and Chiffchaff. A retrap Cetti's Warbler and a Robin were also caught.
Very little was seen in the sky - a single swallow and Meadow Pipits only just into double figures. Six Grey Wagtails escaped capture.
Generally pretty quiet today.
Seen from Heysham Head 0830-0900:
Meadow Pipit 10
Pink-footed Goose 120
Alba Wagtail 1
Grey Wagtail 1
A flock of 10 Linnet had gathered.
Great Crested Grebe 11 in the low tide channel
Eider 42 on the sea
Little Egret 6 on the skeer
The Grey seal seemed quite happy in the harbour mouth and never moved
far when the ferry passed by.
It took a look at me then went back to snoozing!!!!
|You really should open Janet's shots to see the detail, you can get|
that close to this one that you can almost smell his breath
Not that you would want to! (MD)
|This is the pool below the sea wall at Red Nab, it is formed when the spring tides reach|
this height. It is then topped up by any rainfall, sometimes making it brackish.
|It was still calm mid morning as this vertical plume of water vapour |
from the Power Station testifies
Not ideal ringing conditions this morning, being clear and sunny quite early.
From an early start 6.30am, seventeen birds caught comprising;
Grey Wagtail x 6
Meadow Pipit x 4
Blue Tit x 2
Robin x 2
Wren x 1
Chiffchaff x 1
Goldcrest x 1
|One of the Teal|
|Little Egret on Red Nab|
|Common Snipe - it really is on this Red Nab rock,|
although you may need to open the image to see it
|Linnet and a Robin on the wire near the lighthouse. There were a lot |
of Robin again today, plus there seemed to be a few additional Wren too
|Wheatear near the lighthouse|
|Altogether there were 10 Little Egret on the saltmarsh, |
although I suspect some would be juveniles
The vis was a bit better today in between the weather fronts:
Pink-footed Goose 4
Grey Wagtail 7
Meadow Pipit 85
Reed Bunting 1
Snipe 1 flew in from the west and dropped in.
Ringing was worse! But at least all the birds were migrants:
Meadow Pipit 1
Light SE to south breeze. Drizzle early on, but held off for the remainder of the day.
Arrived at Middleton at 06.10 whereupon drizzle immediately began and persisted until 07.00. Just two nets set then until 11.30 and 36 captures resulted.
Meadow Pipit 5 (of approx. 35 attracted down)
Grey Wagtail 5 (these were from a total of 9 seen to come down near the ride)
Wren 1 Retrap
Reed Warbler 1
Blackcap 12 (these probably dropped by near the coast by the rain shower and caught whilst dispersing inland)
Long-tailed Tit 1 Retrap
Blue Tit 2
Tree Sparrow 1
Little else seen moving overhead except for a group of 6 woodpigeons, a small flock of 6 starlings and 1 swallow all flying southward
Red Nab and saltmarsh area
I had a check as the tide was making up the beach (MD)
Meadow Pipit 10 grounded on saltmarsh then south another 6 individuals or small groups over to south.
|Lapwing amongst the Samphire|
|A still from the above clip, showing wing pattern|
A little later Pete checked the gulls on Red Nab and managed a good count, despite one "individual's" (my phrase not Pete's!) attempt to chase the birds off by throwing stones at them!
Mediterranean gulls minimum 24, including 5 juvenile and 2 2nd calendar year. The rest adult or 3rd calendar year.