Breeding Rock Pipit

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Two were seen together on Thursday with one carrying nesting material.  Unfortunately the observer had to leave before they could track the bird to the nest site.  Awkward time - the ringing team don't seem to have any time to follow this up and the same goes for any of the rest of us.  Watch this space and hopefully not predated before we can absolutely confirm a nest site (I've not seen either of the two birds and they are incredibly elusive)Note the nesting material carried by bird on the leftFamily party of Pied Wagtail and a few Linnet in the same areaShag still present on wooden jetty - another novelty - a summering Shag!...
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Decent seawatch and an interesting development

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Sea 0830ish to 1345 with virtually nothing after 1230 with clearing skies and dropping windManx Shearwater - 196 out with highest density about 1200-1215 just before the Stormie as thought the Bay was 'emptying out' as the weather clearedStorm Petrel - one out about 1222-23hrs (Pete) - Knowlys Rd VP definitely best height for petrels - on view all the timeFulmar - 3 out - one cliff-hugging, two distantBonxie - one out mid-am (Tom), one out 1240 (Matt but also seen from Far Arnside)Kittiwake - flock of 23 out, a few after I leftSandwich Tern - 1prob Guillemot - one outGannet - just 5 adult and one 2CY outBar-tailed Godwit - two unseasonal birds outCommon Scoter - 1Swallow - one north over sea!Tom, Matt and Pete at various timesRock Pipit - pair with nesting material!!!!   Watch this space after tomorrows investigation...

Warning

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There were two dangerous off-lead dogs on Middleton NR and surrounding area today with a single male owner.   They were either Dobermann or very similar.   A photographer was attacked and bitten on the back of the leg after repeatedly having to fend one of them off.   Unacceptable.  Any other incidents/idea who this is please?Incoming tide outfalls/ocean edge2cy med gullBlack-headed gull - 175Common gull - 16Whimbrel - 1...
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No news today

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Nothing received today but a one-off summer sea-watch coming up on Thursday with 40 mph SW going W on the incoming tide.  Please note that the best time to see any possible Storm Petrel is often as they fly out on the dropping tide so a post-tide watch worth itYet again no Red-veined Darter yesterday - that's it I suspectStill haven't got the seagull breeding info so that will be updated tomorrow...
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Mixed bag

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A Short-winged Conehead found yesterday at Red Nab - previously 'bat-detected' on Ocean Edge saltmarsh Teneral Common Darter today at Middleton.  Bad news for Red-veined - never recorded Red-veined as new for the year, as far as I am aware, after the teneral Common D's appear:Poor breeding season for waterfowl on Middleton.  Mute Swan down to one chick by all accounts.  No obvious sign of successful Little Grebe.   Gadwall chicks down to 7+2THREE singing male Cetti's today including the western marsh bird for the first time in ages...
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Med Gull

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A quite early unringed summer adult Med Gull was on the tideline between the old sewage pipe and Heysham 2 outfall just after morning high tideThree Little Egret around15 adult summer Black-headed Gull also showing the seasons are changingNothing notable on Middleton CES but two singing Cetti's Warbler...
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