Cold WNW winds, overnight frost and a mainly sunny day (albeit a short one!)
First, these shots from Howard, when the Peregrine chased the Knot from the Heliport on Monday. These, and Janet's below are best viewed by opening the images.
|......and the prey - Knot|
Janet took these shots during her walk around Heysham Nature Reserve this morning
|Goldfinch feeding on seeds from Alder cones|
Heysham skear - low water 08:45 (MD)
Pale-bellied Brent Goose 4 (2+2) none ringed.
Pink-Footed Goose 58 very high to south at 09:15
Common Scoter 1 juvenile feeding near conger rock
Great Crested Grebe 4
Red-breasted Merganser 1 male
Not a lot today
Shelduck and Wigeon in similar numbers to recent visits.
Reed Bunting 1 on saltmarsh
This is today's "old visitor". A Black-Headed Gull with a toe growing out of its left knee was on the upstands in the harbour 18/09/20. This is the picture I took then.
|I called it Toe Knee (Tony for short)|
This is it, or a very close relative, today, again on the upstands in the harbour.
|The toe growing from the left knee does look identical to the previous picture,|
but I suppose all Black-Headed gulls toes will look pretty much identical.
But there is a difference, seen from behind there is another growth on the right knee, which appears to be a truncated or possibly broken off toe. So this has either happened since last September or it is a different bird.