Sunday 4 June 2023

A sprinkling of waders

 As yesterday the NE breezed switched to NW mid morning. The sunshine continues 

Heysham skear 
low water 06:45 (MD)
I watched the tide cover the skear again.
Greylag goose 2 SE
No grebes or Eider seen
Red-breasted Merganser pair
Little Egret 6
Grey Heron 1
Cormorant a couple fishing and a flock of 5 south.

There wasn't a lot of waders, but a reasonable variety for this time of year
Oystercatcher <100
Curlew 2
Whimbrel 1
Turnstone 1
Dunlin 2
Sanderling 1 - same area and similar plumage to yesterday's bird.


Ebbing tide mid-afternoon 
Another quick check, as the skear was being exposed, located 13 further Sanderling, a flock of 10 flew in from the south, quickly settled and fell asleep. And were still where they landed when I left
Eight of the ten sleeping Sanderlings, presumably they had flown some distance 
Another three were feeding together. These are two of them.
Curlew 16
Eider 1 female
Great Crested Grebe 1
Red-breasted Merganser pair

Janet took these shots on Middleton Nature Reserve 

Common Whitethroat 
Quite a worn Holly Blue

Large Skipper

Shield Bug

Burnet Companion moth

Silver-ground Carpet moth
And this one on the north end of Moneyclose Lane
Cinnabar moth

Meanwhile, Kevin Eaves caught some nice photogenic nocturnal moths in his trap.
Peach Blossom

Pebble Hook-tip