The wind was much lighter today, but still mainly ENE. High cloud with some sunshine and very light afternoon showers.
Arctic Skua 1 in at 0925hrs
Black Tern 1 in at 0828hrs
Arctic Tern 9 in ( none till 0828 and largest group was 3!)
Sandwich Tern 95 in (eventually)
Auk sp 4
Common Scoter 79 in, 71 out but given their locations and timings probably different birds
Red-throated Diver 1 out
Black-headed Gull 42 in
Dunlin 30 in
Knot 140 in
Shelduck 6 on the water
Two distant white things resembled Little Egrets flying into the Bay.
Wheatear 1 at Ocean Edge
Middleton Nature Reserve
Ringing report from Alan:
The forecast for this morning with clear sky and NE breeze did not promise any migrants. However, after a week of poor conditions and blustery winds we were keen to get out and set some nets.
The catch was much as expected, that is very low numbers, but rescued by two groups of four and three Lesser Redpolls.
Lesser Redpoll 7
Willow Warbler 2
Sedge Warbler 1
Dunnock 1 retrap
Long tailed Tit 1 plus 1 retrap
Plenty of warblers taking up residence but little overhead movement noted. Seven Swallows flew low over the reserve northwards. Better conditions for migrants expected later this week.
I had a walk around mid morning (MD)
Mute 2 pairs, no sign of the Tim Butler pond bird.
Greylag goose 2
Mallard 5 (1 female)
Gadwall 1 male
Swallow 9, minimal overlap if any with Alan's.
As Alan said, there were plenty of warblers on territory. The following heard singing:
Cetti's, Willow, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Sedge, Lesser Whitethroat and Common Whitethroat
|Singing male Common Whitethroat|
What Alan didn't say was that it was cold! Only two butterflies seen, a Small Tortoiseshell and this Green-veined White.
Sandwich Tern just two of this morning's passage remained. They had been preening, but the tide had turned and they were getting ready to go off to feed.
Just a quick evening check from the north wall located
|Female Roe Deer|