Sunday 11 December 2022

Not much change

Another freezing night with a light NE breeze. Some sunny periods.

Heysham skear - low water 07:05 (MD)
It made a change getting down at low water in the morning, although the tide was already making and the sea ducks were a long way out.
Eider 54 at least, dark specks beyond them were possibly more.
Great Crested Grebe 5
Red-breasted Merganser 8 - just one feeding close in the other seven drifting in together in the far channel
Dunlin c100 in several small groups 
Dunlin, the low light reflecting the micro ripples across them

Knot originally c150 in one small flock, then the moment the sun rose a Peregrine started hunting and I didn't see them again. It's ideal for the Peregrine to hunt with the low sun behind them.

Middleton Nature Reserve 
Just a check of the main pond in passing. The Mute are still managing to keep a small area ice free, Black-Headed gulls standing on ice but none ringed
8 Mallard sharing the open patch

Saltmarsh to Red Nab
Again just a quick check
Reed Bunting 5
Greenfinch 3
Blackbird 2
Song Thrush 1

Nothing along foreshore 
Kingfisher 1 on Red Nab

A mixed tit flock was passing through the Nature Park. This Blue Tit was already feeding on catkins (spring at last!)