Very light SW to WSW wind, low cloud all day but it remained fine.
|This is just a zoomed in still from the above clip|
Red Nab to saltmarsh mid morning (MD)
Just a quick check of the foreshore really. Not much around except plenty of Wigeon and Shelduck around Red Nab, but a high count of:
Lapwing 220 - there were about 100 resting on the mud out from the saltmarsh then another flock came in from the NE, I thought they were going to join those on the mud, but instead the resting birds joined the new birds. After flying around a while they eventually settled again but much further out. This is the arrival of the second flock.
Common Snipe - slightly unusually, Janet flushed one from grass at the junction of Meldon Road and Kingsway.
Middleton Nature Reserve
Just a quick look at the two main ponds in the afternoon
Mute, Coot and Moorhen unchanged
Tufted 1 male
Shoveler 1 male
Heysham skear - low water 16:20
The light was already fading as I walked out, still it was nice to see a bit more of the skear exposed. The clamour was even more pronounced than yesterday, at times almost deafening. This clip shows the Eider joining in, as new beds become exposed. This year, the mussels eventually won out over the honeycomb worms, on the west side of the middle skear where this clip was taken.