Friday 2 December 2022

Stuck in the 5......running short of supplies...

The calm weather continues, very low cloud in the morning resulting in mist, cleared by the afternoon. What slight air movement there was came from the east.

Heysham skear - low water 13:10 (MD)
Red-breasted Merganser 6
Great Crested Grebe 8
Eider 10
Male Eider on a becalmed sea

Little Egret 8
Shag - the 2nd calendar year bird was resting on conger rock on the ebbing tide before leaving to feed. It returned to the rock 10 minutes later, presumably well fed.
2cy Shag (left) sharing conger rock with two cormorants. One taking a plunge.
Pale-bellied Brent geese 9 - two were on the north side and seven landed on the sea at the south side before swimming to the SE corner to feed.
Pale-bellied Brent on their way to the skear corner

South shore
Mark Jones had a walk along the sea wall and took these shots:
Little Egret on Red Nab

Kingfisher on Red Nab

2cy Kittiwake below the harbour waterfall 

Middleton Nature Reserve (MD)
Little change other that a pair of Wigeon has joined the Gadwall on the "no swimming" pond. This is the third consecutive winter that first, just a female, then a pair of Wigeon have been in association with the Gadwall here.