Thursday, 23 November 2017

Coastal bits and bobs

A bit of seawatching and ferry watching today produced the following

Little Gull - 1+2 adult out
Kittiwake - 5 ad and 1 1cy in
Red-throated Diver - 1CY did a tour of the harbour (dreadful record shot!)
Med Gull - 1CY outfalls
Pintail - flock of 4 out
Oystercatcher - 4200 heliport nearly all on grass at northern end
Redshank - just 320 heliport
Wigeon - 175 outfalls

Middleton NR
or Middleton Lake as it looks like now.
Snipe 2 at the very least. Flushed from close to the central track so no doubt plenty more if I’d waded into the marsh in waders.
Water Rail 1 squealing
Cetti’s Warbler 1singing 

North Harbour Wall 
Goldfinch 12 on the seed


Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Rain !!

Middleton NR (MD)
Managed a walk around MNR mid morning (wonderful things, waterproofs - at least in winter!).
Very little to see/hear though.
2 Tufted on model boat pond with 2 Gadwall.
A further 6 Gadwall initially on "no swimming" pond. Later 7 (2 & 5) Gadwall flew off north, leaving just 1 on "no swimming" on return leg.
C15 Teal on Tim Butler.
The only small birds seen in entire walk were 10 grounded Meadow Pipit.
North Harbour Wall
Very brief visit around 13.30 in appalling rain storm. Despite conditions 14 Linnet and 2 Goldfinch (plus a feral pigeon) were on the feeding area.

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Access to North Wall open again

The road at the entrance to the North Wall has been resurfaced. Diversions still in place but access to North Wall again.

Heysham harbour

A Shag was at the entrance to the harbour

North Harbour Wall

25 finch sp on the seed  - mixture of Goldfinch and Linnet

Monday, 20 November 2017

A few sightings and access restrictions

Ocean Edge saltmarsh

Jack Snipe - 3
Common Snipe -2
Reed Bunting - 1
Linnet - c20

No access to the North Wall at the moment due to resurfacing works.

Advance notice -No access along Moneyclose Lane 4-8 Dec due to resurfacing work


Sunday, 19 November 2017

New Goldcrests and heliport Knot consolidate

Middleton NR
Tufted 1
Gadwall 12
Mallard 5
Teal 15
Water Rail 3 (2 heard, 1 flushed)
Common Snipe 1
Cetti's calls from western scrape
Didn't locate the mixed tit flock today
Pink-footed Goose - c50 each way i.e. 8,000 departees from Pilling roost heading north/NW were probably before anyone was active here or out at sea  
Ringing by office
... surprisingly included three unringed Goldcrest
Knot 2600+
Thanks to Malcolm for pic

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Record Jack Snipe count

Ocean Edge saltmarsh
Jack Snipe - absolute minimum of 9 today
Snipe - 15+
Linnet - 40
Reed Bunting - 1
Red-breasted Merganser - 5 (one male)

Brief seawatch incoming tide
Red-throated Diver - one out
Guillemot - one poss two out

Med Gull - ad fishers
Black-headed Gull - 73 Fishers
Oystercatcher - 9500 Heliport
Knot - 1750 heliport with a further 700 which flew south - not a lot of room!
Redshank - 620 heliport
Turnstone - 36 heliport
Ringed Plover - 11 heliport
Dunlin - 6 heliport
Cormorant - 71 wooden jetty

Friday, 17 November 2017

Snipe time

The tide was covered by malcolm today producing the following

Ocean edge saltmarsh
Linnet - 40
Jack snipe - at least five with some hiding places not covered by tide
Snipe - 47
Red- breasted merganser - 2

Red nab
Wigeon - 235

Harbour and outfalls dead