Monday, 12 April 2021

Plenty of warblers in the sunshine

Another sunny day with light wind, initially from south, but quickly moved round to west.

First, some records from yesterday from Pete:
Red-Throated Diver 4 over the sea on the incoming tide
Eider 192
Common Scoter 2
Turnstone 356 on wooden jetty high water roost.

Middleton Nature Reserve - mid morning
Mute swan 9 on main pond including 3 immature. 2 breeding pairs on other ponds.
Canada goose 2 together on main pond at start of walk, but, interestingly, just a single bird on the return.
Coot 3 
Moorhen 4
Gadwall 5
Mallard 5
Tufted 1 male
Teal 2 (male and female). I've attached this clip of the male, not because it does anything, but there is a nice burst of Willow Warbler song in the middle.
Little grebe 1 trilling on "no swimming" pond

Reed Bunting 2

Warblers - sining males
Cetti's warbler 1 on central marsh
Blackcap 3
This male Blackcap is ringed
And a burst of song:

Willow Warbler 8
Chiffchaff  9
I didn't try and count the non singing birds, but there plenty around, although no female Blackcap seen.
Not all the warblers were just passing through.
This one (Chiffchaff I think (MD)) seemed very pleased with this feather

Heysham skear - evening ebbing tide
Eider 104 was the highest single count, but undoubtedly more around
Great Crested grebe 7
Red-breasted Merganser 8
Little Egret at least 8
This clip shows the Egret again finding lots to eat, I suspect it was shrimps on this evening's menu. Also on this clip; Redshank, Turnstone, Lesser Black-Backed and Herring gull.