Sea "turf" wars and samphire

Light SSE breeze all day, the rain alternating between drizzle and quite heavy.Red Nab to saltmarsh area – high water 10:15First an update from yesterday, a check by Pete located:Mediterranean gull 7 – 5 adult plus a 2nd and 1st calendar year Toda…

Not bad, despite the drizzle

SE light breeze, very low cloud occasionally turning to drizzle.Middleton Nature Reserve Ringing report from Alan:After a night that was clear until around midnight and then clouded over I was expecting that there might be few birds present this m…

Enough moving through, on a clear day, to be interesting

It started cold and calm. The air temperature never really got above 10C but the sun made it feel warm. The breeze started light from the east and briefly switched to NW for a period in the afternoon. Before returning to SE.First, this excellent shot o…

Stick Or Twist

There was a 6° and cold but clear start to the latest ringing session at Cockerham. I’d met Andy on site at 0730 and within minutes we had a few nets up. Linnets began to arrive but in less numbers than recent weeks. Our best Linnet count today wa…

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A lot of mergansers, but not a lot else!

West wind quite fresh and blustery all day, moving to WSW by evening. Mainly overcast with a few light showers. Only my stuff so far and I didn’t manage to get out for a walk till early evening (MD).Heysham skear.Just a quick look at low water on …

At the very fringe of huge Redwing movement

NW breeze quite fresh early on, overcast all day with the occasional light showersMiddleton Nature Reserve Report from Alan:It was an unexpected, and un-forecasted start to the morning with a light drizzle for a while early on and a blustery NW br…

Redwings Aplenty

We swop and change our ringing sessions according to available bodies, the weather, and the theory that too many or too few days at the same location is not normally a good idea. Hence, Wednesday saw three ringers, Andy, Bryan and me back at Oakenclou…

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Better Late Than Never!

 A bit behind with the blogging, but I do keep trying….honest!The Lune Estuary.My latest visit at Glasson, produced notables of, an Avocet, 38 Snipe, 7 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Greenshank, 3 Goosander, and an adult Mediterrane…

Jackdaw movement continues, but almost certainly under recorded

NW breeze, largely overcast with a few light showers.Heysham skear – low water 10:30Eider 10 Great Crested Grebe only 1 seen!Red-Breasted Merganser 10. A group of 8 female/juvenile plus another single f/j and a male. Pink-Footed goose 70 sout…

It Is October After All

The forecast on Friday evening didn’t inspire me with confidence for my planned ringing session at the Nature Park on Saturday morning. I spent quite a bit of time outside in my garden after dark listening for migrants, Redwings in particular, and gazi…