Sunday 21 March 2021

Mist thwarts early start

The wind was from SW early on before moving more due west. A mist descended early and didn't clear completely till mid morning. The sun broke through in the afternoon and remained sunny till evening.

Pete and Jean were in the area early on, but the descending mist quickly put an end to observations.
Eider 156
Pale-bellied Brent 2
Both the above from Knowlys Road.

Visible migration report, albeit truncated, from Jean:
4 Meadow Pipits, 
1 Siskin 
1 Pied Wagtail. 
It became foggy so no chance of seeing Whoopers or anything over the sea. Couldn’t even see the top of the power station. 
The Rock Pipit kept an eye on me at the Roundhead.

South shore
Skylark 1 was singing briefly over the old Pontins land. Once a common summer sound around the area, but now only heard from off passage birds. Perhaps, there's a chance this year.
Rock pipit - at least 4 (2 near the rocky outcrop on east shore, 2 Red Nab, 1 on foreshore, could have been one of the Red Nab birds - plus Jean's lighthouse bird earlier)
Wigeon only c25 seen, but tides weren't ideal
Shelduck at least 75
A few of the Shelduck near Red Nab

I like this clip, watch the one paddling in, it seems in quite a rush, just so it can "hang around" doing nothing! Apart from the Shelduck, this clip includes: Wigeon, Common and Black-Headed gulls, Redshank and Oystercatcher.

I assume this Knot is the same approachable bird photographed by Kevin earlier in the week. It appears to be healthy, but I've never seen a Knot walk so far without pecking at something.
Still, it's always nice when wildlife walks towards you. (MD)

Pale-bellied Brent goose - an update from Pete Woodruff 

A leisure walk today, parked at Knowlesly Road, watched 10 Brent Geese off play area for about 15 minutes until they took flight at 14.35 towards Heysham