Very light variable breeze. Mainly sunny.
Quiet morning at Middleton. Three nets set by 6.30am, but only ten birds caught in a four hour period, and they comprised :
Lesser Redpoll x 7
Meadow Pipit x 1
No obvious overhead passage, with no more Redpolls seen or heard, and only one Meadow Pipit in addition to the one caught. Apart from that, the only thing of note were two Whooper Swans flying over, mid morning, going in a north easterly direction.
Pete and Jean also managed some vis
Report from Pete:
Great-Northern Diver 1 x 2nd calendar year out from the harbour
I checked the north harbour wall SD36V by telescoping from the back of the harbour this am. It produced singing Robin, Wren, Dunnock, a pair of Linnet on the gorse and a rock pipit which was probably only feeding. Good records for the Lancaster and District BWS breeding bird Atlas starting this year. Contact me if you want to contribute to this tetrad based survey. Thanks. firstname.lastname@example.org
(More information about the tetrads tomorrow).
Report from Jean:
Here’s what I had today heading north from 07:15 to 09:00:
Meadow Pipit 78 (largest flock = 20)
Lesser Redpoll 15 (largest flock = 10)
On the skear:
Little Egret 6
Plus the usual Oycs and Redshank
In the low tide channels:
Great Crested Grebe 15
Red-breasted Merganser 4prs
South shore (MD)
A late evening stroll along the wall managed to locate
Pale-bellied Brent goose 4 flew quite late in the tide from Red Nab and continued west.
No Wigeon seen
Shag 1 juvenile on the wooden jetty
Rock Pipit 1 on the sea wall
Pied Wagtail 8-10 also feeding along the sea wall.
|Not easy to see in the late evening sun. Rock Pipit plus 3 Pied Wagtail on the sloping sea wall|