Monday 22 January 2024

Wind blows in some gulls of interest

 Very strong overnight SW winds only eased slightly. Some showers and the odd sunny spell.

South shore
No Brent again on Red Nab, but 16 Pale-bellied Brent flew north presumably directly from Potts Corner.
Pale-bellied Brent geese cutting across the strong wind

Shelduck 17
Wigeon 100
Kevin managed to stand still long enough to get this nice shot of 
a Grey Plover, sheltering on the rocks by No.1 outflow

Mediterranean gull 1 adult seen briefly by Pete and Jean on the seaward end of No.1 outfall.
Little Gull 3 probably 4. Pete and Jean saw a 3rd calendar year at the seaward end of No.1 outflow. Plus two adults slowly flying out as seen from back of the harbour. 
This adult was on the sea wall end of No.2 outflow when I checked earlier in the tide (MD)

 Little gull, the low bright sun making its underwings look quite pale at times

Peregrine Falcon 1 - in these strong offshore winds the Peregrines often just hang on the wind as it is deflected upwards from the sea wall.

Peregrine Falcon

This shot of Janet's shows what the Peregrine are looking for
 Redshank, resting on the sea wall

Cormorant from a slightly different angle

Nature Park
Janet was sharing her peanut chips again
Coal Tit

Dunnock, as Janet says a lovely little bird and often overlooked

Great Tit giving a nice display of its wing feathers.

Just out of the recording area - Middleton Parish Hall. 
The Glossy Ibis is still feeding on and around the Horse Paddock. Also around today, Grey wagtail 1, Pied Wagtail 2, Redwing 6. Always worth a visit.