Author: Pete Marsh

Saturday

Middlton Nature ReserveMute 7adult 7 2cyMoorhen 16Coot 1Mallard 4Tufted 2 maleWigeon 1 femaleGadwall 38 – this equals high count for last yearTeal 21Little grebe 1Water Rail 2Common snipe 6Great White Egret 1 over east to west 09:55Just one Redwind, de…

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Friday- provisional

Heysham low tide chanelsThe water was clear today, so very few small fish would be in the shallow water around the skeer. Fortunately Shaun located the:Shag – feeding further out.Eider 6Great-Crested Grebe – minimum 6Red-Breasted Merganser 4Middleton N…

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Thursday- provisional

Heysham skeer – low waterShag – it seems very attuned to feeding opportunities here, even on today’s highish low water of 2.9m. It waited on top of conger rock till the tide started to flood. Then started feeding around the rock.This is conger rock – o…

New Year’s Day

Heysham skeer – low waterShag 1 – turned up on north side of skeer 09:00, still around at 09:45. Seen from skeer and scoped from Knowsley Rd.Goldeneye 1 male in partial eclipse drifted in on flooding tide and fed around conger rock.Eider 4Wigeon 2Great…

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From elusive to predictable

Shag – the short days seem to be forcing it into a predictable pattern, at least during spring tides. Its preferred feeding location seems to be the low water channels on Heysham skeer, but these are seldom exposed during daylight at this time of year….

29th & 30th – spring has sprung

30thMiddleton Nature Reserve Mute 7 adult 7 juvCoot 1Moorhen c12Gadwall 22Teal 6Tufted 2Wigeon 1Mallard 5Woodcock 1Redwing 14Goldcrest 229thSmall Tortoiseshell 1 near HNR officeRock pipit 4 on south harbour wall roundhead

27th and 28th provisional

28thMiddleton Nature Reserve Wigeon 1Tufted 1 maleShoveler 2 maleTeal 15Mallard 8Coot 1Water Rail 2Great White Egret – Two sightings (10:55 and 11:15) same flight line from Red Nab direction to ESE.Redwing – just one seen27thRock pipit – at one po…

Ferry and Shag routine

Ben my Chree2 x adult Med Gulls, one prob Czech bird, the other flew in then outShag – off the Head at high tide, entered harbour at 1200hrs and fished alongside inner north wallRock Pipit – 2 north wall end

Christmas Day treat

Heysham Head rocks – high water (MD)Shag10:38. It landed on water, just out from the rocks on the south end (Throbshaw Point). It came from the north, but it could have just come from north end of the Head. It started feeding immediately.10:50. It flew…

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Kittiwakes ferried in

20-22 Kittiwake behind IOM ferry approaching Heysham Port but yet again no Meds. The Czech ringed veteran has been seemingly absent for the last monthSkeer and low tide channels – scoped from Knowlys roadShag 1 – fairly close to the largest rock on ske…