Author: Pete Marsh

Afternoon Wheatears

NE to NNE breeze all day, mainly sunny but some overcast spells.Heysham skear – low water 10:45Great Crested Grebe 5No Eider seenLittle Egret 8Mediterranean gull 1 adult, again occupying a small island on the north side of the skear.Curlew c40Whimbrel …

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Plenty of balloons!

Almost no wind early on, what air movement there was from the NE, by the afternoon it had moved to WSW and freshened. Mainly sunny.Middleton Nature Reserve Early morning Vis/audio report from Jean:Nothing much to report today. 7 Grey Wagtails…

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Another Purple Sand sighting, plus kids with attitude

The breeze started NNE but NW by mid afternoon. Mainly sunny.Heysham skear – low water 09:45Great Crested Grebe 10Eider 6 – the males are now coming out of eclipse. I’m posting this clip of a male preening, not for the Eider, but if you watch behind it…

An Old Lady and rodent control

The light breeze started off NE but had drifted to NNE by late morning. An overcast start but sunny for the rest of the day.Middleton Nature Reserve Ringing report from Jean:Ringing 0640-1015New birds consisted of:Reed Warbler 1Whitethroat 3Lesser…

Nostalgia isn’t as good as it used to be!

Very light air movement early on, initially from NE before moving west and freshening slightly. Mainly warm and sunny.Heysham Skear – low water 08:45Great Crested Grebe 9Eider 24Little Egret 23 – at least.Grey Heron 3Oystercatcher only a few hundred on…

Not a warbler day

A clear night and a bright start. Very light variable breeze, but mainly from the west. Cloud cover after mid morning then sunny again in the afternoon.Middleton Nature Reserve Ringing report from Alan:After yesterday’s excellent catch, this morni…

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Ten warbler species ringed!

Light westerly breeze varying slightly. Long sunny spells.Middleton Nature Reserve Ringing report from Jean:RINGING10 species of warbler caught today:Whitethroat 10Lesser Whitethroat 5Willow Warbler 8Chiffchaff 1Sedge Warbler 6Reed Warbler 2Grassh…

Purple Sandpiper tops the bill

The light NW breeze freshened slightly and moved to the west. The sunny periods increased as the day progressed.Pete and Jean conducted their Webs survey today the highlight being,Purple Sandpiper 1 on sloping heliport wallA summary of the other Webs r…

A mixed bag in the drizzle

Today’s forecast was for light showers. Unfortunately, just one light shower, but it lasted all day. Light breeze from SSE.First Alan’s ringing report from yesterday morning from Middleton Nature Reserve:John and I set nets on both east and west sides …

More movement – both ways!

Very light SSE breeze initially, then moved more due south. Mainly overcast with the odd sunny spell in the morning, light showers started by evening.So far, just my morning check of the south shore just before high water (MD).Not quite true now, there…