At last a bit of action by our standards!

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Unfortunately the Pom Skua was at best an unidentifiable blob high above Walney lighthouse (seen off Rossall and communicated straight away), otherwise a nice mix of stuff today.  Would have been even better without a heat haze from early doors knocking a couple of additional species on the head! Offshore 0630 to 1020ish (Pete Crooks and Pete Marsh)Med Gull - the major surprise was a pair of adults heading up the Bay (very late for this age class to still be on the move).  Also new in was a 2CY with the Common Gulls on the tideline by Ocean EdgeGannet - 3Arctic Tern - 3+10+5 in (IOY)Red-throated Diver - at least 14 either 'in' or 'on' but floating in, singletons or twosCommon Scoter - 21Sandwich Tern - 3Guillemot - 8 - 'on' floating in - all singletonsWhimbrel - 6 in, 2 on shore Red NabKnot - flock of c4800 southMeadow Pipit - lat...

More additions to the Cumbrian year list

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Quite a bit of stuff in the clear skies has been in Cumbria as scoped from the north wall and it is a good job todays high flying Marsh harrier was showing well-defined 'headlights' otherwise it might have been a bit of a struggle.  Unfortunately  no-one covered the early morning incoming tideOffshore 9ish onwards on early dropping tideMarsh Harrier - distant high flying bird purposefully in (any new ones at Leighton today - f/imm with pronounced 'headlights'?)Common Scoter - c15 u-turned in line with turbinesRed-throated Diver - 6 on, including three togetherSwallow - 5 NE in about 45 minsMiddletonSmall influx of Sedge Warbler (three ringed)Reed Warbler - singing male (IOY)Grasshopper and Cetti's Warbler - at least two singing males of eachWheatear - 2 Ocean EdgeGrey Plover - 16 in fsp visible along tidelineCommon Gull - 37 ...

Wanted and unwanted ducks

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Wanted ducksShoveler - three 'in' (one male)Wigeon - flock of 5 'in' (long after the wintering birds have departed)...........plus a potential tricky year tick but just too far away to be certainPlus other things on the sea:Sandwich tern - one in distantlyRed-throated Diver - two in sp inGannet - 2 out very distantlyUnwanted ducksWheatear Other newly arrived grounded migrantsHirundines or any other landbird vis during the seawatchMediocre miscellanyLittle Egret - 3...

Thursday : Ringing Sessions

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Ringing took place at both Middleton and Heysham.Although the numbers caught were low, only twelve birds at each site, the highlights were the first Grasshopper Warbler and Whitethroat of this spring at Middleton.Willow Warblers - 10Chiffchaff - 4Blackcap - 2Grasshopper Warbler - 1Whitethroat - 1Reed Bunting - 1Goldfinch - 1 plus 1 retrapDunnock - 1 retrapChaffinch - 1 retrapBlackbird - 1 retrapAlso at Middleton, at least three Grasshopper Warblers and two Cetti's singing/calling early morning.JM...

Low Key Morning

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Heysham ObsA ringing session this morning produced fewer captures than expected from five nets set from dawn. It was a case of quality rather than quantity.Although plenty of local pairs of birds were flitting around there appeared to be few newly arrived birds.Sedge Warbler - 1Chiffchaff - 2 retrapsWillow Warbler - 4 plus 2 retrapsBlackcap - 1Goldfinch - 2 plus 2 retrapsDunnock - 1 retrapMothsNone in the hut trap.  The overnight wind although broadly southerly, did have a little east in it  which may have deterred moths from entering the window.ajd...
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Female Scaup tops the bill

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Counting rather than just skimming through the Eider saw a female Scaup trying its best to blend in but it soon became clear it had its own agenda and floated out on its own whilst the Eider maintained position, feeding.  A very distant Osprey was only picked up under a cloud of gulls after it was well north of Ulverston and it was soon lost against the background - probably turning and flying towards land judging by the gull response.  Migrant or wandering associate with/component of the breeding birds?Sea early morning low tideOsprey - see above - 0900ishScaup - female see aboveBlack-headed Gull - flock of 17 purposefully inEider - 187Red-breasted Merganser - 2 pairsSand Martin - 6 northSwallow - 11 northMalcolms notes from Middleton plus additions from John/Doreen/PeteOne Lesser Whitethroat between gun club and steps. A co...

Coverage around low tide

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Ducks were the order of the day although it was great that Malcolm fully confirmed three Cetti's warbler territories as all were singing at the same time this amGarganey - a pair flew from across the bay and then swung and flew up the bay over heysham skeer and lost heading for the stone jettyGoldeneye - two females were a very welcome sighting as they headed up the bayCommon scoter - drake flew on and u-turned outRed throated diver  - one onGreat crested grebe - one onEider - 197Red breasted merganser - NONE!!Whimbrel - 2 inSwallow - 40 in including gang of 32Sandwich tern - just the one inRedpoll - flock of 5 northMeadow pipit - c15 nLinnet -c20 nWhite wagtail - 2nMiddletonGadwall - 6Tufted duck - 3Cetti's warbler - 3 singing maleCommon buzzard - one high to northSedge warbler - one singing briefly...

Perseverance on the sea

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Sea for about 1.5 hoursLittle gull - two ads inCommon scoter - three distantly outKittiwake - flock of 55 on then inEider -c135Knot - 2700 on skeersGrey seal 1-2MiddletonLesser whitethroat still singingCetti's warbler - at least oneGadwall - 2Teal - 2Tufted duck - 2...

Warm sector scraps

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Nowt yesterday other than 130 Eider in low tide channelSpent about 30 minutes this morning in absolutely superb haze free visibility trying to see Brent Geese at Rampside!!   Just too far away, but there was nothing to look at in between Heysham and the Furness coast - absolutely dead bar one Eider flying out, despite a strong incoming tidal flowMiddletonGrasshopper Warbler - singleton giving a few bursts of songLesser Whitethroat - dittoCetti's Warbler - two possibly three singing malesTeal - two pairs stillHeysham NRSedge warbler singing by office for a short timeAbsolutely zero hirundine passage contra elsewhere eg over the seaZero yet again on Wheatear which have been incredibly scarce after an early flurryBrown House Moth in the moth trap along with Early Grey and Early Thorn...
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