Monday, 5 April 2021

Icy Easter wind - nice day for a swim!

The wind started almost due north then drifted towards NNW. A light snow shower first light, then mainly sunny all day. Even so the icy wind made it cold anywhere that wasn't sheltered.

South shore
Wheatear 1 male in the lee of the north bank of the saltmarsh.
Rock Pipits - at least 2. Early on there was one on Red Nab, but no sign of any along the exposed inner harbour wall. I believe the bird below is the territorial male from the lighthouse area. It was sheltering behind the very end of the sea wall, but high enough to be able to see the lighthouse.
Rock Pipit sheltering just below the sea wall. This bird was not ringed (see yesterday's post)
Later when Janet checked, there was at least one male displaying between the lighthouse and waterfalls.
Rock Pipit parachuting 

This was slightly unusual, the Oystercatchers set off from Red Nab on the ebbing tide. They head towards the feeding areas on the north side at this point in the tide. But as they got higher, the cold blast must have changed their mind, and they quickly landed again,  but they ended up in the sea, and then got washed ashore like so much flotsam. Unfortunately I was slow getting my camera out and most were back within wading distance by the time I took this clip.
It looks more like a scene when the tide is coming in rather than ebbing

North shore
Pete managed a check of the low water channels
Flock of 31 Kittiwake in then landed in Kent channel.  Probably another flock of 14 in but not sure this species.
Eider 148
Great Crested grebe 8
no Red-breasted Mergaser

Middleton Nature Reserve 
Just a quick check in passing of the two main ponds.
Mute swan 11 on the main pond (only 1 obviously immature) plus 2 adult on the "no swimming" pond
Canada goose 2 on main pond
Mallard 3 males
Gadwall 2 males 1 female

Three species of warbler heard
Willow Warbler 
Cetti's Warbler (the "no swimming" pond male was singing, this is the third male heard this spring)

Finally, this Grey Heron got out of its depth - it's not often you see a Heron swimming!
It looks about as keen on swimming as I would be! (MD)