Another steady west breeze all day, some light showers but largely sunny.
A group of 14 LDBWS members enjoyed searching for Mediterranean Gulls at Heysham on the incoming tide this morning. Highlights in roughly chronological order:
Heysham Nature Park – 1 Painted Lady
Red Nab (Brief check at low tide) – 2 Med Gulls (1 adult and 1 juvenile)
Heysham Outfalls – 8 Med Gulls (2 adults, 2 3rd CY and 4 juveniles)
1 1st CY Kittiwake
Red Nab (Longer check during incoming tide) – 10 Med Gulls (6 adults, including 1 with a right leg green darvic ring, 1 3rd CY, 1 2nd CY and 2 juveniles),
1 adult Peregrine (briefly flushing the assembled waders and gulls)
1 Rock Pipit.
Assuming some duplication of Med Gulls at the different locations there were a minimum of 13 different individuals – 6 adults, 2 3rd CY, 1 2nd CY and 4 juveniles.
|Wheatear amongst the Samphire at the edge of the saltmarsh|
A check of the Buddleia near the newt pond at 11:00 found it full of butterflies again, including:
It was a big meal, but fed in two servings. These are a couple of stills from the clip, but I still can't decide what the meal was.
Middleton Nature Reserve late afternoon