Wednesday 24 January 2024

A bit of variety

The strong overnight SW wind had eased by morning and continued to ease all day. Dry with occasional sunny spells.

South Shore
Pete watched the lunchtime ferry come in.
Mediterranean Gull 1 adult came in front of the ferry and was lost as it continued beyond the north wall.
Little Gull 1 adult was quite a way offshore therefore likely coincidental rather than a ferry follower.
Kittiwake 6-7 adults

I checked towards high water in the morning (MD). Once again there were no gulls of interest on the outflows.
Pale-Bellied Brent goose 36 on Red Nab
Wigeon 200+
Shelduck 18
Shag 1 in the harbour
Shag resting on the supports for one of the platforms in the harbour

It flew out of the harbour and landed on the wooden jetty

Lapwing 65 on saltmarsh 
No Reed Buntings
Rock Pipit 5 including 2 on saltmarsh 
Janet's shot of one of today's Rock Pipit


Male Chaffinch in the Nature Park

North Shore (HS)
Knot c6,000 roosting on the old heliport, unfortunately mainly resting in the grass with legs obscured. Still Howard managed to locate six ringed birds and three were readable.
A few of today's Knot

Middleton Nature Reserve (MD)
I went down in the evening to see what effect the storm had on the Jackdaw, Wood Pigeon and Stock Dove roosts. The short answer, at least for the short term, is that they are no more. Just......
Jackdaw 12
Wood Pigeon 3
Stock dove 0

On the two main ponds:
Mute Swan pair plus 7 immature 
Mallard 28
Gadwall 5
Coot 5
Moorhen 6

Cetti's warbler 1 calling near the "no swimming" pond

Just out of the recording area - Middleton Parish Hall. The Glossy Ibis is still feeding in the horse paddock behind the Hall. Today's excellent shots (despite the less than ideal lighting) from Chris Penrice.