Author: Pete Marsh

A better class of insects

Light breeze mainly from west. Still very warm, hot when the sun came outThe title refers to two insectsHummingbird Hawkmoth Westmoor Grove this morningPossible Southern Migrant Hawker male at Middleton NR at 1300. Seen by Dan H. The “possible” st…

The sun brings out the insects

Warm light winds from the east and quite a bit of sunshine.Lighthouse and south wall areaLow water 12:30 – When the tide is out and the temperature is high enough, an east wind draws in insects off the sea here. This is the aggregate of MD and KE recor…

Still ticking over

Quite a strong blustery wind mainly from NNE. Generally overcast. Quite cool.Middleton Nature Reserve late morningWildfowl and warbler status pretty much as yesterday.Swift 2Swallow 2House martin 1All above feeding over the main pond.Stock Dove – very …

Continue Reading » Still ticking over...

More observers, but still not much to observe

Middleton Nature Reserve – mid morningMute Swan – still 7 “interlopers” being held at bay by the resident male on the main pondMeanwhile mum and the chicks seem to be enjoying themselvesPair on “no swimming” pond with three young.The male continues to …

A bit of barrel bottom scraping

Very little is happening at the moment, and few people watching it not happen.The Lapwing numbers on the saltmarsh have swollen to three. Presumably failed breeders.Having said that little is happening, this is potentially very exciting, but only if yo…

Mute and people leaving Middleton

Light variable breeze and overcast for most of the day.A visit to Middleton Nature Reserve, just after lunch found the car park empty. There were a few vehicles around on my completion of a circuit, but certainly the lowest number of visitors since tra…

Another ringing session

Light winds, overcast in the morning, but the sun came out later in the afternoon.Pete has asked that all recorders check that they are aware of the complicated SD boundaries and intersections in the recording area. Some guidelines and a map have been …

Local stuff provides the entertainment, plus news of a wanderer

Light breeze mainly from north and east. Generally overcast.The “wanderer” is a colour ringed Little Egret seen on Red Nab by Shaun in November. Not from the usual source, but a recent colony    LITTLE EGRET REGISTER   …

Mainly miscellany

The overnight winds turned towards the NW and eased quickly. I’ve not heard of anything of interest on the sea as yet (MD) – possibly more laterLighthouse area – two short visitsMorningRock Pipits – 1 standing over nest site, plus 2 flying around with …

Continue Reading » Mainly miscellany...

Cute fluffy ball day

Strong westerly winds increasing towards gale force during day. Some showers, some hail and some sunshine.Hopefully more records to come.Middleton Nature Reserve – late morningMute Swan – the nesting pair on the main pond are now displaying their 5 chi…

Continue Reading » Cute fluffy ball day...