Author: Pete Marsh

Christmas Day goose

It was freezing again last night resulting in the ponds being 75% ice covered. Lightish wind during the day but starting to freshen from the west by evening, and set to continue increasing overnight.Just time for a quick stroll around the skeer with a …

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The Star(s) of Bethlehem

A cold north west wind, a ground frost overnight leaving the shallow pools and puddles with a thin covering of ice. The sun shone for most of the day, so very nice if you wrapped up.Pale-bellied Brent goose 16.Howard checked the skeer corner early in t…

A surprise guest

Fresh NE wind with heavy showers in the morning, the rain eased a little by the afternoon.Pale-bellied Brent – just a quick check from the promenade with x10 binoculars located at least 5 in the skeer corner at 12:45Middleton Nature Reserve early after…

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A more clinical approach

A light east breeze with some warm sunshine made it quite pleasant.Heysham Skeer – low water 11:30 (MD)Eider c60Great Crested Grebe 2Knot c2000Pale-belled Brent goose 14. The Brent hadn’t arrived when I went down, so I took the opportunity to chec…

The winter solstice arrives

Very light breeze, initially from the east but variable by evening. Overcast all day with some showers.Heysham Skeer – low water 10:30 (MD)Eider c60Great Crested grebe 2Red-breasted Merganser 2Knot c200Pale-bellied Brent goose 12Almost certainly the sa…

Brent numbers increase…..incrementally

The wind had moved round to SW. Some sunshine and heavy showers.Another Grey Wagtail recovery – see scheme details on side bar to the right.ALL7481         Ringed  1st W          Middleton NR, nr H…

Oystercatchers with attitude

The wind continues from the south, quite pleasant in the morning sunshine, but showers began by lunchtime.Heysham skeer – low water 08:50 (MD)Eider only 17 seenShelduck 3 – not regular herePink-Footed goose 105 west 08:40Great Crested grebe 2Knot c2000…

Jack Snipe still abundant

The wind was mainly SSE. Light rain on and off all day.Jack Snipe at least 5 on foreshore between Red Nab and the saltmarsh. Long before high water (ref Pete).Heysham Skeer – low water 08:10Eider 28 close in, more further outWigeon 1 – not regular here…

Brent on half day return….

The wind varied from SSW to SSE, sunshine in the morning but turning to rain by mid afternoon.It was a nice morning for a stroll along the south wall, but at one level, there wasn’t much to see. Although in reality there were lots of birds around.&nbsp…

Woodpecker, a belated FOY!

Strong SE winds. Rain for most of the day, easing off by “evening”South shore mid to late morningRock Pipits 1 on saltmarsh, 1 on Red Nab, 3 along the sea wall.Nothing of note on the seaA walk past the saltmarsh when it was about 75% coveredJack Snipe …