Monday 3 April 2023

Little gull best of an otherwise quiet day

A light SE to south wind. Sunshine all day.

Seawatch report from Pete:
Little Gull 1 x 2cy in up centre of bay 0750
two distant Sandwich Tern
one Red-Throated Diver in 
two harbour porpoise
Nothing after 0800 but two northbound Sand Martin seen by Dave Hawkins

South shore mid morning (MD)
Linnet 11 on/around Ocean Edge foreshore plus 3 near lighthouse 
Wheatear 3 along foreshore. These two males were feeding near the slpway.
Pale-bellied Brent goose 4 on Red Nab
Shelduck 2
Little Egret 4 on Red Nab
Rock Pipit only 1 seen or heard, near the lighthouse 
Kittiwake none in the Harbour today but this second calendar year bird was initially on No.1 outflow then moved to No.2

Middleton Nature Reserve 
No sign of the Goosander today - ref Kevin Eaves

Heysham Nature Reserve 
Jean did some ringing, but only 5 birds caught.
Song Thrush 1
Redpoll 4

Heysham skear - low water 17:50 (MD)
Pale-bellied Brent goose - 2 were resting on the middle skear. Don't think they were part of this morning's 4 as these included a first winter bird. You can't hear it in this clip, but the adult was aware of me and gave a soft honk, prompting the youngster to stand up. I left them to it and they quickly settled again.

Eider c65
Red-breasted Merganser 7
The waders were a bit different today, no Knot or Dunlin, and surprisingly no Turnstone, perhaps they were on the outer skear. More Curlew than of late 30+, Redshank c150 and the omnipresent Oystercatcher c2,000. And just 1 Bar-Tailed Godwit flew in by itself.

Bar-Tailed Godwit with the South Lakes behind

Butterflies were seen in several locations:
Peacock 1 in Nature Park, Brimstone 1 male through my garden (MD)
Brimstone and Small Tortoiseshell on dog walking strip (Janet)
Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock on Middleton Nature Reserve (Kevin Eaves)