Author: Pete Marsh

Vis picks up again

 A new wave of migrating birds moved through and over Middleton NR today.Vis 0630-1230Pink-footed Goose 316 in 5 flocksTeal 5Snipe 2Carrion Crow 2Swallow 10Mistle Thrush 1Grey Wagtail 17alba wagtail 8Meadow Pipit 275Linnet 5Redpll sp 3Siskin 12Ree…

Continue Reading » Vis picks up again...

Back to normal

 Calm early on then an easterly breeze freshened and shifted to NE. Sunny till mid afternoon then overcast.Middleton Nature Reserve (JM. AD)After the ringing bonanza yesterday, this morning was a disappointment. Weather conditions were not quite r…

Continue Reading » Back to normal...

Even more going on today

Very light variable breezes, very warm after the sun got highMiddleton Nature Reserve (JR. PM)NE F1, mostly thin cloud with sun breaking through later in the morning and then becoming quite hot. Vis was recorded during a ringing session but is probably…

Quite a lot going on today

 Very light breeze started from the south then made its way clockwise around the compass to end in the east. Warm once the sun got higher, then warm all day.Middleton Nature Reserve early morningRinging report from Alan:A very clear and still morn…

More good birder coverage = more good birds. But it wasn’t easy.

 A third day of reasonably strong southwesterlies, easing off by evening. Mainly overcast.Five birders located at strategic points along the observatory area’s seaward range (Shaun Cole, Pete Crooks, Pete Marsh, Bill Martin and Nick Godden). This …

The wind, again, fails to provide

 The strong SSW to WSW winds continued, but easing during the day. Some sunny spells and light showers.South shore – mid morning (MD)There were 75 gulls roosting on the mud out from Ocean Edge saltmarsh (this area of beach does not get covered by …

The lull……throughout the storm!

 Strong winds starting SWS then to SW. Heavy showers later in the evening.I have had no reports of any sightings. And my own forays were underwhelming (MD).South shoreWheatear 1 Red NabMeadow Pipit 1 Ocean Edge foreshore Rock pipit 2 on Red N…

Quite a bit of morning movement

 Light southerly winds to begin with, then shifted more to west. Overcast all day.Middleton Nature Reserve Ringing session (JM. AD)Weather conditions were ideal for mist netting, however, the solid cloud cover to the north and west was not gr…

Curlew Sandpiper and a Gadwall influx

 The wind shifted more to north, averaging WNW. Some sunny periods.South shore Late morning – rising tide (MD)Mediterranean gulls – just three juveniles located one on No.2 outflow, one on beach near the wooden jetty (the only gull on the bea…

Better variety

 The gentle SW winds continue, mainly overcast with just a few light showers.South shore around high water – 15:15 (MD)There were over 300 gulls roosting on Red Nab c1.5 hours before high water. Too far out for me to separate, but I did manage to …

Continue Reading » Better variety...