Friday 15 December 2023

Swan down

Mainly overcast with just one shower this morning. A light SW wind

South shore (JP, MD)
Pale-bellied Brent geese 36 - 19 flew to Red Nab from NW at 10:10 then another 17 at 10:40.
Janet's shot of the 10:40 in to Red Nab

None seemed to be ringed, most are in this clip.

Shelduck 14
Wigeon 360
Great Crested grebe 1 feeding in the harbour near the waterfall.

Middleton Nature Reserve (MD)
Just a passing check of the two main Ponds
Main Pond:
Mute Swan pair but only 7 immature, looks like the estranged youngster yesterday may not have been accidental.
Coot 4
Moorhen 2
Mallard 10 plus 4 flying overhead 
Gadwall 4

"No swimming" pond:
The water level has now dropped to only 1m above its normal level.
Gadwall 19
Tufted 2 male
Male Tufted Duck

Grey Heron 1
Great Spotted Woodpecker 1 drumming
Cetti's Warbler 1 burst of song