Wednesday 16 February 2022

The sea not really providing......yet

Strong SW wind with squally showers for most of the day, but by evening, not a cloud in the sky.

Pete checked the sea for a while from the north wall:
Kittiwake 1 adult at the seaward end of outflows during a squall.
Shag 1 (looked to be a 2nd calendar year) flew into the bay

I had a walk along the south wall, mid afternoon, but didn't see anything of note over the sea (MD).
Pale-bellied Brent goose 12 at least, quite late in the ebbing tide on Red Nab.
Wigeon c200
Rock Pipits 2 on Red Nab

Middleton Nature Reserve 
Just a quick look on the way home, the duck numbers are reducing now, hopefully some of the Gadwall will remain here to breed. And a Shoveler family would be nice, but less likely.
Mute 6 adult plus 7 x 2nd calendar year 
Moorhen 8
Coot 1 (now on the main pond)
Mallard 10
Gadwall  7 - one female with two male suitors plus another female with three male suitors 
Wigeon (pair) 
Tufted Duck 2 males (one on each pond)
Shoveler 3 - mature male plus two female
Little grebe 1
Little grebe in summer plumage

Hopefully more tomorrow, I definitely have more time tomorrow.