Wednesday 22 September 2021

Green Sandpiper "showing"

A much fresher WSW to SW wind today, overcast in the morning but largely sunny in the afternoon.

South shore 
No Wheatears again
Rock Pipit 2 on same tide line as yesterday 
Kestrel 1 feeding around the foreshore 
Mediterranean gull at least 6 adult/3rd calendar year on Red Nab

The gulls are becoming more attracted to the waterfall in the harbour again. Dominated by the large gulls, the Black-Headed gulls have started hovering above them, but only room for one at a time, so they take turns. Presumably they quickly get tiered hovering like this, but it must be worthwhile. I expect that when they are successful, they get a good sized meal. (MD)

Middleton Nature Reserve 
Mute Swan - pair plus 9 cygnets
No Coot
Moorhen 2 adult + 3 immature on"no swimming" 2 adult on Tim Butler pond.
Gadwall 29
Mallard 10
Teal 9 - all on Tim Butler pond
Little grebe 1
Green Sandpiper 1 on Tim Butler pond. Today's heading says "showing". The inverted commas reflect that although it was feeding in the increasingly shallow water in plain sight, it is no longer possible to get a decent sight line for this pond. I was precariously balanced on an old wooden beam to get this clip (MD).

Chiffchaff 2 singing 
Kestrel 1 feeding

Migrant Hawker 1
Common Darter 10+

Red Admiral 3
Comma 2
Small White 1
Speckled Wood 12+

Rosemary and Peter Silvester took these nice shots on Monday 
Migrant Hawker on Middleton Nature Reserve 

Female Common Darter Heysham Moss Nature Reserve