As forecast last night's WSW strong wind veered to WNW and began easing by 09:00. Quite a bit of sunshine in the morning.
South shore (SC and MD)
Shaun had made an early start, but the only thing he managed over the sea, were a flock of 14 Pink-Footed goose flying in, later there was a single bird milling around close inshore.
Pale-bellied Brent Goose 51 - 09:05 they flew high over Shaun's head at the lighthouse on their way from the north side to Red Nab. At 09:45 they flew from Red Nab towards Potts corner. (Later in the afternoon there were at least 17, including the Canadian ringed birds, out from the children's play area).
|Brent flying high with the wind over the south wall roundhead|
Shag 1 juvenile showing well in the harbour
Rock Pipit 3 including the ringed male and presumed female at the lighthouse nest site.
|The ringed maleRock Pipit, escorting me away from the nest site|
|Another colour ringed Herring gull in the harbour, also ringed at Bowland on 8th July 2021|
You can read the ringing report of this and Thursday's bird on the North West Gull Project wbsite
Mediterranean gull 1 adult behind lunchtime ferry - ref Jean
Middleton Nature Reserve
Tufted Duck 2 male
Shoveler 4 (2 mature males plus 2 female)
Little grebe 1
Howard managed to to read several ringed Knot on the Heliport at high water, despite occasional disturbance from a Sparrowhawk. These are just three of his images, as ever, you will need to open these to see the ring detail.
Heysham skear - late afternoon
Eider c80 - this clip of a mature male shows just what a splendid bird they are when seen up close.
Great Crested grebe 4, 2 in summer plumage - this clip shows the difference between a bird still in winter plumage and a more extravagant summer plumaged bird.
Knot c1,000, lowish numbers probably influenced by........
Peregrine Falcon 1
Bar-Tailed Godwit small flock of 10 on waterline before flying off north. They were already skittish and it seems that the click of my camera was the last straw - it is getting a bit worn!