Author: Pete Marsh

Rain affected play

It was generally fair till about 09:30 (Alan was unlucky getting a shower at Middleton) after that the rain started and never really stopped. Wind from the west.Middleton Nature Reserve Ringing report from Alan:A ringing session this morning was i…

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Like a kid in a sweet shop – plus a word of caution

Fresh westerly breezes, mainly sunny.Middleton Nature Reserve Grasshopper warbler 1 unringed male was part of yesterday’s ringing capture.Cetti’s warbler 1 male singing from “no swimming” pond this morningDragonflies around main pond comprised:Emp…

A change of diet

Quite a fresh breeze between NEN and NE. Overcast, but dry all day.Middleton Nature Reserve Just a quick look around the main pond mid morning. Cetti’s warbler – male singing from “no swimming” pondHouse Martin 3 feeding low over the main pon…

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A bit of a mixed bag

The light wind mainly from NE till late afternoon then started shift towards the west. Some long sunny spells, but cloudy by evening.First an update from yesterday – (Report and pictures from Jeff Gorse)Heysham Nature ReserveFive-spot burnet and Burnet…

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Beautiful Demoiselle

The light wind was from the south all day, drifting round to SE by evening. Mainly overcast, but warm.A morning check by Pete:Manx Shearwater 2 distant Mediterranean gull 2 x 2nd calendar year birds on early tide roost Ocean Edge. AlsoCurlew 375Mi…

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Now 10 warblers possible

 Very light north breeze till mid afternoon then switched to NW. Sunny spells.Middleton Nature Reserve 09:00 – 10:30 MD, 10:30 onwards Janet.Still no sign of the 10 fledged Mallards, but the Tim Butler female has produced another 10Mute 2 pai…

Amphibians and moths and Skippers

Light west breeze and mainly sunnyMiddleton Nature Reserve (Janet)First Large Skipper butterfly of the yearThis moth was identified by Kevin as celypha lacunana. “It’s supposed to be very common but I haven’t come across it.”The warm dry spell is …

Things, pretty much, the same.

Quite a fresh SW breeze mainly overcast with some very light rainHeysham Head high cliffs – yesterday Alan reported at least two, probably three Rock Pipits on the rocks below the high cliffsHeysham Skear – low water 10:30Great White Egret (probab…

Godwit puzzle

Almost breathless first thing before a SW breeze picked up. Some cloud but plenty of sunny spells.Heysham skear – low water 09:45 (MD)Great Crested Grebe 15Red-breasted Merganser 2Eider 1Little Egret 8Curlew c35Bar-Tailed Godwit 1 male in full summer p…

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New, for the year, dragonflies

SW to W fresh wind. Mainly overcast, but some sunny spells.Ocean Edge foreshore and saltmarsh Mediterranean gull 1 second calendar year out from the saltmarsh withc140 Black-Headed gullThe only wader was a single LapwingMiddleton Nature Reserve&nb…