Quite a fresh, mainly NE breeze. Another sunny day.
South shore (MD)
I checked the shore south of the saltmarsh on the rising tide again.
No Sanderlings seen today, in fact the only waders were 3 Curlew and c50 Oystercatcher
Mediterranean Gull 2 - same adult and 1st summer as seen yesterday
|Ist summer Mediterranean gull watching the adult fly off when flushed by the tide.|
|Then the 1st summer flew off too|
Heysham skear (MD)
I went down early again but no Sanderlings here either. More Oystercatcher than of late though c300, 1 Curlew and 1 Whimbrel.
|Whimbrel and Oystercatcher|
Red-breasted Merganser pair
Eider 1 female
|Eider and Oystercatcher|
Middleton Nature Reserve
Janet took these shots in the morning
|Silent warbler - Willow or Chiffchaff|
|Common Blue Damselfly|
|Straw Dot moth|
Mark Jones also had a look early afternoon
|Male Broad-bodied Chaser|
Female Broad-bodied Chaser ovipositoring
|Male Azure Blue Damselflies holding the females as she lays her eggs below the surface.|
I just did a circuit of the main pond mid afternoon (MD)
|Male Emperor, one of several patrolling the margins|
|One of the Mallard families ventured out from the SE reed bed.|
|But quickly and aggressively driven back by the male Mute Swan|
Don't know what he has against the young birds, he tolerates the four individual adults.