Sunday 3 October 2021

At least there were some gaps in the rain today!

The wind back in the SW and quite fresh. Heavy showers became less frequent during the day.

So far, only my stuff and I didn't have much time today, so only managed two very short walks and a quick look at Middleton (MD).

Red Nab to saltmarsh - high water 10:00
The tide was already high when I got to Red Nab, but still:
Mediterranean gull - 2 adult/3cy (including the green ringed German adult). 2 x 2nd winter, 1 x 1st winter 
Not a great shot of one of the 2nd winter Mediterranean gull,
but does show the dark markings on the primaries 
Wigeon 26 some on Red Nab but most out from saltmarsh 
Little Egret 13 
Rock Pipit 5
Wheatear at least 3. 3 on foreshore might have included 1 seen on Red Nab earlier.

Heysham skear 
Just a 15 minute check two hours before low water.
The birds were very mobile and noisy, the increasing height tides are now uncovering shore that has not been exposed for a number of days, providing new feeding opportunities. The waders and gulls were vying for positions. This is just a general clip to try and convey the furore. The Little Egret's legs barely look strong enough against the wind.
Waders: Oystercatcher, Curlew, Turnstone, Ringed Plover and Redshank. Not many Knot around today, just a few individual birds, 
Little Egret 14

Middleton Nature Reserve 
Not a lot. The mute are still on main pond with 1 male and 3 female Mallard.
7 Gadwall plus 1 male Mallard on "no swimming" pond.
Little Grebe 1
Little grebe in winter plumage plus male Gadwall