Just a trickle

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Clear overnight and clear day means a lot of birds have cleared off.Middleton NR 07:00 - 11:00Meadow Pipit 25 overAlba Wagtail 3That was it for vis.Cetti's Warbler singingChiffchaff singing by the gate first thing.Common Buzzard - 2 circling but not moving off anywhere. One was displaying for a time so probably local birds.Jay - 1 flew SELapwing - 3 circled over the Model Boat Pond then flew off.Ringing (new birds)Chiffchaff. - 1Pied Wagtail - 2Meadow Pipit - 5Goldcrest - 3Dunnock - 1At Heysham there were even fewer birds!Chiffchaff - 1Robin - 1Dunnock - 1Meadow Pipit - 1At seaRed-throated Diver - 3Grey Seal - 1...
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And they’re off….

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Lots of birds on the move now we're past the equinox and the weather is more favourable.North Harbour Wall from 07:15hrs - 0930Meadow Pipits 195Alba Wagtail 38Linnet 6Carrion Crow 2Greenfinch 1Goldfinch 2Little Gull 1 adult into BayCommon Gull 31 into BayBlack-headed Gull 22 into BayRed-throated Diver 18 (1 in at 0719, 1 on then N at 0726, 2 in at 0805, a further 5 in singly, 7 close together on water, a further 2 on the water)Guillemot 1 on the waterOsprey seen distantly to south at about 0815 heading north then turned and headed in over the Lune channel.Buzzard 1 north at 1100hrsMiddleton NRGreylag 3 NEChiffchaff 11Cetti's singing from Femce PondInsectsMiddleton NR - Comma feeding on coltsfootHeysham NR - BrimstoneJR...

Meadow Pipit push begins

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Negative: no sign Iceland GullAs the weather starts to improve, the Meadow Pipit passage is getting underway. Should have got to Heysham for first light though as other areas e.g. Rossall had hundreds of Mipits by 08:00Ocean Edge 08:0044 Meadow Pipits groundedWheatear - 2 males early afternoonVisible migrationNorth Harbour Wall 08:15 - 09:35 All birds heading NE into the wind. Meadow Pipit 152 plus 71 different over Middleton, plus 40 later Alba Wagtail 17Goldfinch 2Greenfinch 1Linnet 2Common Gull - 7 . All immatures. NB 25 Common Gulls on the beach in the afternoon. Mixed ages.Black-headed Gull - 5Red-throated Diver 4 into the BayAuk sp. probably Guillemot 1 into the BayWhooper Swan - flock of 70-75 north mid afternoonSwallow - two north over Heysham village pm (IOY)Peregrine 2 high. May be local.Heysham NR Stonech...

Migrants struggle through

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Two Sand Martin north this morning (IOY)17 grounded Meadow Pipit Red Nab and three north this amMale Wheatear Red Nab the only one despite good coastal coverageIceland Gull at waterfall after the tide - the grey is really coming through on the mantle nowJean/Malcolm/Pete...

Stonechat performs well

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A female Stonechat gave Janet some nice pic opportunities when it appeared on Heysham NR late afternoon:Iceland Gull - 3CY on Fishers roof and later on the south quay - almost a long enough stay to be given a nameGannet - adult Kittiwake - adultBoth the last two appeared as the IOM passenger ferry was coming in and may have been dragged in then headed north as the boat slowed down...

Nothing happening

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The 3CY Iceland Gull was asleep on Fishers roof from at least 0805hrs to 1330hrs and nothing else stirred despite quite a bit of migrant activity elsewhereThe sea was particularly awful with a couple of hours producing some seagulls and an Eider!
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Thwarted Kittiwakes

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Two gangs of Kittiwake clearly did not fancy an overland crossing in todays weather and ended up flying out and across the bayKittiwake: flocks of 20 and c135 out/on then outIceland Gull: 3CY south quayside then later on Fishers roof
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Gannet in the gloom

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The visibility wasn't too clever today otherwise more surely on the sea?  As it was only had 30 minutes to spare and this immediately produced an outbound adult Gannet but nothing else other than a flock of 5 small gulls in the gloom which lifted off the water briefly before landing again out of sight (Common Gull or Kittiwake)The 3CY Iceland Gull was south quayside mid afternoon just below the old Fisher's warehouseMoths:  2 x Hebrew Character, single of Clouded Drab and Common Quaker...
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