Monday 7 March 2022

Lots of birds again.......unfortunately unidentified!

An overnight frost. A cold east then SE wind. Dry with some sunny spells.

Heysham Nature Reserve (SC)

GSWoodpecker drumming, 

Water Rail calling from marsh, 

single Jay and a female Sparrowhawk. 

36 Pink-footed Geese north.

Imperial Rd

Just a brief look on way along the bypass (MD)

Common Buzzard 2

South shore mid afternoon 

Pale-bellied Brent goose 7 on Red Nab

Shelduck 21

Wigeon 150 (Shaun counted 220 yesterday)

Eider 1 female

Common gull 1 2nd calendar year, initially I confused its pale underwings with the clean underwings of a Mediterranean gull. I fell into the trap of "seeing" what I expected to see! (MD)

2nd calendar year Common Gull

Shag 1 2nd calendar year flew out of the Harbour and landed on the wooden jetty.
Rock Pipits, none seen or heard on Red Nab, along the sea wall or along the harbour wall. There were two together on the saltmarsh 
Reed Bunting 3 on saltmarsh 
Two Rock Pipits and a male Reed Bunting feeding amongst the saltmarsh flotsam 

Common Snipe 2
Jack Snipe 1 - this was a bit of a surprise, the 9.1m tide only half covered the marsh

This is what today's title refers to, loads of birds flying way out from the saltmarsh, presumably something flushed everything from Potts Corner. I can't decide what they are, but obviously more than one species involved (MD)

These two Herring Gull were in the harbour, I've no idea why the focus keeps fading, it's as if the "intimate" bits were being censored. The "sleeping" bird opens one eye, clearly not really asleep.

Just out of the recording area:
Black Redstart female/immature at Sandylands ref Jon Carter