Middleton Nature Reserve (MD)
Just a quick morning check of the two main ponds
Mute two pairs nesting
Little grebe 3 at least, probably more
Common Scoter 1 female on the "no swimming" pond. This is unusual and presumably related to some overnight passage. I located it at 09:15 and it was still there when Kevin checked at 12:00. This excellent photograph is Kevin's and really should be opened to appreciate the detail - it's not often we get a chance of a close view of this sea duck.
|Female Common Scoter - Kevin Eaves|
It kept diving, but I'm not sure if it was trying to feed, or just avoiding the attentions of the male Mute who would otherwise have chased it off.
This one is just a general view. The "no swimming" pond male Cetti's warbler sings during the clip, I then pan out to show the location on the "no swimming" pond
Report from Pete -
Sea watching from the back of the harbour from 1110 to about 1200 when the weather closed in:
Gannet - flock of 6 out and different flock of 8 in (all ads),
Red-throated Diver - 11 out including four together, 2x2, three singletons and one in could have been one of these,
Common Scoter - drake in then u-turned and flew out, one out distantly
A later check from Ocean Edge located
Pale-bellied Brent goose 26
Dark-bellied Brent goose 2
On Red Nab
The Brent were still on Red Nab when I walked down the wall a little later (MD)
|Two Dark-bellied Brent right|
|Their dark bellies more obvious when they are out of the water.|
Although, the likely Russian bound, birds were not exactly welcome!
As the tide covered Red Nab all the Brent flew off together towards Potts Corner.
Rock Pipit 5 including the ringed male near the lighthouse.
Wheatear 2 on foreshore