Saturday, 23 October 2021

Not a great deal today

 A south wind with the odd light shower. Overcast all day.

Just my mid morning check of Red Nab and saltmarsh area so far (MD).
Mediterranean gull at least 4 - 2 adult and a 2nd calendar year on Red Nab. Another adult on the mud out from the saltmarsh. Another flew east, but that may have been one of the Red Nab birds.
Common gull with a yawning Mediterranean gull, just out from the saltmarsh 
There were no Linnet on the Saltmarsh today, there were still 16 Greenfinch, but today, they were feeding on something on the saltmarsh itself and out of sight. So I'm posting this clip taken yesterday when they were feeding on bracken seeds.

Rock Pipit 2 - one on Red Nab and another flying south over the mud.
Common Snipe 2
Dunlin 60
Ringed Plover 21
Both the above, just out from the saltmarsh 
Kestrel 1
Little Egret 7
Grey Heron 1
Wigeon 66 initially on Red Nab but headed to saltmarsh when the tide reached it
Mallard 3

Geese sp 2 - probably Pink-Footed very high to south
Swan sp. 5 flying north in land

Long-Tailed Tits - 18+ - as I approached Red Nab the bushes just behind Red Nab were full of them. At one point there were 18 hovering over the closest bush to the gate, and there were more calling from other bushes (unfortunately I hadn't got my camera out). There were no other tit species with them. Pete confirmed that this area is a classic irruptive dead end. At this time of year they have been observed here before, and subsequently seen flying high towards Knott End. Unfortunately I didn't hang around to check which way they left, and they were gone when I returned.