Bits and bobs

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Outfalls and red nabDropping tide saw about 30 meds scattered amongst hordes of gulls on the mudflats including 5 2cy togetherRinging in marginal conditions at middleton was highlighted by a juv Kingfisher and a retrapped juvenile Cetti's warbler
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Med Gulls and a wedge

Posted on - In Heysham Bird Observatory (LWT)
When I was a teacher, noticeable wedge haircuts were synonymous with lads you hadn't come across before (in a cover lesson) who sneaked towards the back of the class for a bit of quantitative easing.  Risking the European court of human rights, I usually stuck them under my nose at the front.  One decided to lob some stones at the gulls today and at least enabled an accurate count of 28 Med Gulls on Red NabMed Gull - 29 - c15 2CY, c9 adults, 4 juvs plus another juv on the outfallsLittle Gull - moulting ad on mudflatsSwift - one south...

Subtle autumnal changes

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Middleton NR6.5C and a whole load of dew all over the car when I left my houseA session using three nets in the western marsh was different to previous visits this month which saw a scatter of warbler species and very little else other than above average numbers of Reed Bunting for this time of year.   The catch of 53 new birds this morning saw far fewer 'scattered' warblers, with the night presumably more about departure than arrival, but quite a few warblers latched on to small tit flocks, mainly (as usual) Willow Warblers.   Noticeably absent were Sedge Warbler (one heard), Blackcap (just one ringed) and Common Whitethroat (only 9 ringed, mainly later in the session)One "notable" feature was the first Sand Martin ever to be caught in morning mist-netting, as opposed to the small numbers as a by-product ...

Outfalls at the right time

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Heliport high tideOystercatcher - 3300Redshank - 420Turnstone - 35Lapwing - 6Outfalls etc early incoming tideMed gull - 24 (11x 2cy, 8 x 1cy, 5 x ad)Little gull - adNo waders of interest along oe tideline

Great day for flying

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Birds, butterflies and dragonflies were making the most of today's sunny weather and light winds.Middleton NR 0600-1200Vis (done in between net rounds so numbers are a minimum)Swallow - 133 southSwift - 7 southHouse Martin - 8 southRinging (new birds)Whitethroat - 13Lesser Whitethroat - 3Willow Warbler - 12Chiffchaff - 2Reed Warbler - 1Sedge Warbler - 2Grasshopper Warbler  -1Goldfinch - 1Great Tit - 2Blue Tit - 2Long-tailed Tit - 3Wren - 1Swallow - 4Reed Bunting - 2OutfallsLittle Gull - adultMediterranean Gull - 8Ocean Edge saltmarshRedshank - 320Today's butterflies and dragonflies (thanks to Janet for these) Brown Hawker Common Darter Emperor Comma...
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More passage waders show up

Posted on - In Heysham Bird Observatory (LWT)
Lovely weather for a walk - sunny, warming up to 19C but with a cooling northerly breeze (F3).A walk from Red Nab to Heysham 1 outfall resulted in the following:Red NabMediterranean Gull - 7 adults Little Egret - 3 feeding in channels just west of Red NabHeysham 2 outfallMediterranean Gull - 1 adult, 4 juvsLittle Gull - 1 adult, 1 x 2CY (latter per PW)Whimbrel - 1Redshank - 8 feeding frantically and flew south as they got displaced by the tideHeysham 1 outfallDunlin - 40 (mostly juvs but one or two adults)Wooden jettyTurnstone - 124 (all but one in summer plumage)Redshank - 14 roosting on the rocks...

Bits and bobs of interest

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Haven't got all the info as yetMed Gull - 4 2CY & 3 juvCommon Gull - juvRinging at Middleton and by officeIncluded 5 x Lesser Whitethroat, 12 x Whitethroat, Garden Warbler but only ones and twos of Willow, Sedge and Reed Warblers