Sunday 31 March 2024

Little change

Another warm and mainly sunny day with a light ESE wind

South Shore
A couple of shots by Janet in the Nature Park 

I checked the waterline just beyond the saltmarsh towards afternoon high water (Malcolm). Initially lots of waders but something spooked all but the Oystercatchers and they headed off towards Potts.
Oystercatcher 80
Bar-Tailed Godwit 150
Knot 300
Dunlin 200
Just a fraction of this afternoon's waders before departing to Potts

Two overwintering Small Tortoiseshell managed to find each other on the saltmarsh.
Hopefully the long wait will prove worthwhile.

Middleton Nature Reserve 
No sign of any Goosander today. Plenty of Chiffchaff and Cetti's warbler singing.

Heysham skear - low water 10:00
Third morning in a row I have checked here (Malcolm). Party hoping for something "good" to pass over, but also it is nice and quiet out here when everywhere else is busy.
No sign of any Brent geese today.
Pink-Footed goose a low loose flock of 51 were heading south along the middle of the bay. They looked to have been flushed by the rising tide.
Eider c60 many flying north
Red-breasted Merganser 8
Great Crested Grebe 1
Oystercatcher much fewer today c500
Curlew 2
Bar-Tailed Godwit 8. One was feeding along the mud just south of the skear and these seven came in from the south, joining Knot, Redshank and Oystercatcher.
Knot 1,000
Redshank 60
Turnstone 80
Dunlin 30

From Pete:
Red throated diver non breeding plumage off half moon bay
Eider 919 from harbour to teal bay