Sunday, 16 January 2022

Just a lazy Sunday.......chewing the cud.

A steady west wind all day, mainly high cloud with a bit of light rain early on.

Red Nab towards high water
Pale-bellied Brent goose 40 at least
Wigeon c200 including a flock of 164 in from the SE
Shelduck 26

Middleton Nature Reserve 
Just a mid morning check of the main ponds
Mute 8 adult 9 immature 
Moorhen 8
Coot 1
Mallard 10
Gadwall 35
Wigeon 2 (pair)
Shoveler 2 (pair)
Tufted Duck 2 male

Heysham skear towards evening low water
Pale-bellied Brent goose 42 (at least) - they were well spread this evening and the quickly fading light didn't help. There were 8 out from play area, 6 in the skear corner and a flock of 28 that were in the middle of the skear (there is absolutely no weed here) before flying off north. 
Pink-Footed goose 50 - 17:00 came from the south did a circle and headed back south. This clip shows nothing other than the light contrast at that time, still some light to the SW but black overhead when they pass over.

This is the same flock of Pinkfoot heading back south
The two lights are atop of the buoys out from the north wall

Knot 1,000+  The tides are going further out now so the Knot are back, this clip is 16:30, so it's reasonably clear considering the fading light, but nowhere near clear enough for me to read the yellow flagged bird towards the end of the clip.

Imperial Rd
This is the road off the bypass that leads to the "Waste Technology Park", west of this road is within the recording area. It's nice and quiet here on a Sunday as the "Park" is closed. So I went prepared at lunchtime today rather than just checking in passing (MD).
Teal 2
Raven 1
Sparrowhawk 1
Roe Deer 3
There was a buck and a smaller deer sitting, but I couldn't tell if the smaller one was a doe or the small buck I saw on 4/01/22, but the tranquil scene suggested the former. Fortunately it stood up briefly revealing herself to be a doe.
Roebuck with velvet over his developing antlers on the left. Roe deer do not have tails,
 but the Does do have a tail like tuft of white hair on their rump, as this one on the right 

This is what today's title refers to, the buck, and presumably the doe with her back to camera were chewing the cud.

Did you see what I said was in the clip, or did you see what was actually there? Well done if you spotted there were actually two deer sat on the right side. The shot below is a still from the clip, the third deer (you can only see it's head behind the reedmace) is not a mature male, so either another doe or last year's youngster.
Doe Roe deer back with another deer's head just above the reedmace.

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