Saturday, 23 April 2022

Racing Pigeons, nearly topped the bill!

The fresh ENE winds continue. High cloud with some sunshine.

Just my stuff so far (MD), and that was precious little till an evening stroll.

A check from the waterline out from the north wall this morning located nothing except a sudden surge of racing Pigeons. They were fast, low over the water against the wind then over the shore past Heysham Head. About 100 passed in three tight packed groups no more than 30 seconds apart. I therefore assumed that they must have recently set off.
This is the leading group, the distinctive brown bird was setting the pace
The above was 10:45 and I didn't see any others till 11:30, when  4 and a single passed. So perhaps they had traveled some distance after all. I checked today's races, but couldn't find any race with this flight line, but clearly there was one.

An early evening check proved more productive. 
Shag 1 2nd calendar year feeding briefly at  the Near Naze at high water.

Before flying off north toward Heysham Head

A walk along the south wall:
Shelduck 3
Little Egret 5
Wheatear 2
White Wagtail another or same male near the lighthouse 
White Wagtail 

Rock Pipit 4
This Rock Pipit was keeping a close eye on the White Wagtail (right)
There were very few insects this evening.

Just out of the recording area - Heysham Moss Nature Reserve 
Grasshopper Warbler reeling from the willows by the railway line on the main reserve - ref Justine

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