Author: Pete Marsh

Four ages of Meds

After a wet start, the rain pretty much, held off for the rest of the day. Westerly wind and overcast.South wall (MD)Mid morning, tide almost outNo terns on outflowsWhimbrel 1Mediterranean gull:One adult on beach near No.2 outflow.Two adult and 3 x 3rd…

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More signs of autum

Gentle westerlies, rain early on then mainly overcastSouth shore – mid afternoon – flooding tide (MD)Whimbrel – at least 1 calling from Red Nab – roosting with 100+ CurlewArctic Tern 1 2nd calendar year on seaward side of No.1 outflow.Common Tern – at …

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Sunshine brings out the insects

Still a coolish westerly breeze, but feeling very warm in the sunshine.Middleton Nature Reserve early to late morning (JR, AD, PM, MD)Unfortunately the early sunshine, so welcomed by the early morning walkers, wasn’t ideal for ringing. Still, not a bad…

2cy Arctic lingers

Coolish westerlies mainly dry with sunny spellsSouth wall – tide flooding – early afternoon (MD)Mediterranean gull – lots of gulls on far side of Red Nab, but could only make out 2 adult Meds.No.2 outflow 2 hours before high waterCommon Tern 1 adultArc…

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And, still they come…..

Brisk westerlies with more sunshine than showersMiddleton Nature Reserve mid morningThe wildfowl is pretty much as last report, other than the female mallard’s chicks are now independent and seem to be everywhere.It’s getting to the time when the aggre…

2cy Arctic Tern!

Light breezes with fewer showers than expected.Red Nab early afternoon – flooding tide (PM)Common Tern – 4 adult settledArctic Tern – 1 adult, plus 1 2nd calendar year (2cy very rare in Europe)Mediterranean gull Adult 53cy x12cy x 1It was likely t…

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Lunar Hornets like double decker buses

Gentle easterlies for most of the day. Mainly overcast with some showers.Todays title refers to the wait, not the size – you wait since the dawn of time for one to be recorded in the Heysham area……then three turn up together!Lunar Hornet Clearwing …

Lunar Hornet Clearwing Is the star

Started with a southerly wind and showers. Almost breathless by evening.Middleton Nature Reserve early am (PM)Lunar Hornet Clearwing Moth.  First record for Heysham area. Attracted to pheromone lure.Harbour and outflows late am (MD)The solita…

Lunar Hornet Clearwing Is the star

Started with a southerly wind and showers. Almost breathless by evening.Middleton Nature Reserve early am (PM)Lunar Hornet Clearwing Moth.  First record for Heysham area. Attracted to pheromone lure.Harbour and outflows late am (MD)The solita…

Wind eases

The wind eased off during the day and shifted to the west. Rain early on then mainly dry.Two checks of south shorelate morningCommon tern 5 adult on and around OutflowsRock Pipits – 2 together on Ocean Edge foreshore. 1 near lighthouseLate afternoon&nb…

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