Tuesday 10 October 2023

Osprey passing over

A very light south breeze to begin with, but it freshened throughout the afternoon and moved to SW. mainly dry till showers began in the late afternoon and evening.

Heysham Nature Reserve 
Ringing and visible migration report from Jean.
Vis today at HNR:
Osprey - 1 south at 0820
Redwing - 133 SW
Chaffinch - 14 south
Pink-footed Goose - 554 north, 95 south
Carrion Crow - 11 south
Jackdaw - 11 south
Blackbird -2
Long-tailedTit - a flock of 27 moved through

About 30 new Blue Tits were caught and ringed - evidence of an irruptive movement
Few night migrants (warblers) caught - 1 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff
More finches - 10 Greenfinch, 7 Golfinch and 5 Chaffinch.

Middleton Nature Reserve (JP)
Male Common Darter

The Coot have been bickering since springtime 

Heysham skear - low water 16:30 (MD)
I didn't have much time today, I just managed a quick evening check. Not as much stuff around as my last visit.
Eider just 1 male
Great Crested Grebe 1
Red-breasted Merganser 6 together
Little Egret - surprisingly only 4
Oystercatcher c500
Curlew 10
Knot c800
Redshank 30
Turnstone 20
Ringed Plover 6