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|
Surprisingly the only raptor around was the Kestrel over the saltmarsh.
|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.