Tuesday 27 September 2022

Pinks Heading south again

A cold NW wind all day, it started bright but after 09:00, mainly overcast but it remained dry.

Report from Pete
from heliport roost vigil over the tide.  
Male Merlin heading south over sea 
Mediterranean gulls -  at least three distantly seen following in IoM ferry 
Nothing of note in the roost

Heysham Nature Reserve 
Report from Jean:

30 Pink-footed Geese flew south at 10:40

Ringing 11:10-12:55

8 new birds

4 Greenfinch

1 Goldfinch

1 Robin

1 Dunnock

1 Blue Tit

6 retraps

2 Great Tits

2 Blue Tits

2 Dunnocks 

Rest of stuff mine, but  not much of that. (MD)
Heysham skear  - low water 07:40
Pink-Footed goose 493 in 10 skeins between 08:00 and 09:20.
All but one skein high and heading due south, but this one started low in an unstructured flock, before adopting a flying formation and heading west. I suspect they had been resting on a sand bar and had been flushed by the rising tide.
Pink-Footed geese, these are the ones that ended up flying west

Pink-Footed geese, as  the rest of this morning's birds were,
 in high skeins heading south

Eider 16
Male Eider looking splendid in his fresh breeding plumage 

Great Crested Grebe 8
Red-breasted Merganser 8
Little Egret 18
Waders, just: Oystercatcher, Curlew, Redshank and Turnstone 

Middleton Nature Reserve 
Just a very brief look at the two main ponds
Mute 1 adult on the main pond the pair with their 7 cygnets on the "no swimming" pond
The Mute family on the "no swimming" pond
Moorhen 3
Coot 1
Mallard 16 all on main pond
Gadwall 15 on "no swimming" pond
Little grebe 1

Insects seen in 10 minutes 
Speckled Wood 3
Red Admiral 1

Migrant Hawker 2 (male and female)
Female Migrant Hawker

Common Darter 1
Aged male Common Darter