A reasonable selection today

 The wind still from north, NNW to start with then pretty much due north. Sunny spells and light showers.South shore – covered between 08:00 – 10:00 (JR, PM, MD)Chiffchaff 1 singing near Ocean Edge entrance Mediterranean gull 2x 1cy Red Nab, …

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Some Rock Pipit passage and an elderly Grey Wagtail

 Fresh NW strong breeze all day. A mixture of sunshine and light showersNews of a Grey Wagtail from colour ringed schemed (details on side bar to the right)Ringed grey wag from  2014 seen at Twemlow Parade,  north Heysham today – 6 years…

Autumn Gets Going & Bearded Tits Bring Joy

It looks like we’re in for a few decent days so what better way to enjoy them than to get out into nature!

 When I was doing my rounds earlier today it certainly felt like a classic autumn morning. The sun was bright and the air was cool, as I stood there listening on the Causeway I could hear the distinctive pinging calls of bearded tits and the explosive sound of Cetti’s warblers – sheer magic.

The bearded tits have been showing brilliantly this week but as we’d expect they have yet to start using the grit trays, so I’d advise is not to stand there staring at them expecting the birds to appear. Enjoy a walk and listen out for that unique sound – familiarise yourself with it before heading out if you don’t know what bearded tits sound like. You can check out a recording here.  

If you would like to join one of our exclusive bearded tit walks in October (numbers are strictly limited so do not delay!) please click HERE for details.    

The last traces of summer were very much in evidence yesterday as we had lots of swallows and house martins feeding over the reserve. I expect that these will be among the last of these southbound migrants for this year. In contrast we’ve had skeins of pink-footed geese passing over on their way to the Lune estuary, the Lancashire mosses and even onto Norfolk for the winter.

 Around the reserve visitors have been enjoying great views of great white egrets, bitterns, marsh harriers and waders including spotted redshank and curlew sandpiper

One last thing to mention – the café will be reopening this weekend! We’ve trimmed the menu down a bit, and reduced the number of tables for everyone’s safety. Access will be at the back of the visitor centre, please follow all on-site info and most importantly enjoy it!

We hope to see you soon

Jon 

Bearded tit photo by Dave Morris

Of light and shade, and far away places

 The wind started SE but by evening had swung round to NE. Light rain for much of the morning then some sunshine and very heavy showers in the afternoon.Jean’s report for this morning:The blog should be entitled “The Best of the Rest” because we m…

Bypassed by the Pinks

 Northerly wind first NNE then NNW. Overnight rain petered out by 09:30, after that some sunshine and light showers.South ShorePink-Footed Goose – there were large numbers heading south generally. 12,000 over Moffat in Scotland and c5,000 arriving…

"Britain’s Orchids " by Sean Cole and Mike Waller with artwork by Sarah Stribbling

 Links: “FOR UP TO DATE” 2020 Visible Bird Migration records Click over this linkVarieties of our local Hutton Roof Gentians and the reason for the 50/50 Purple and White, plus my research survey results. Plus “Upland Enchanter…

Back To Back

Sunday and Monday saw me having back to back ringing sessions at the pools; Sunday with Alice, and Monday on my own. On Sunday we had 4 oktas cloud cover, with a light easterly wind, and on Monday I had clear skies with a light southeasterly. However, …

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Greenshank best of an otherwise standard bunch

 The wind freshened throughout the day starting a cool SSE then swinging towards SW. sunshine in the morning then largely overcast with light drizzle.Middleton Nature Reserve Report from Jean.Vis 06:30-10:00SSE F3 Meadow Pipit 9Reed…