Author: Pete Marsh

Great Northern Diver

Overnight gale force SW winds with rain of biblical proportions! Daylight saw the winds eased slightly with some extensive gaps between the very heavy showers.Great Northern Diver – located from Stone Jetty by Dan Haywood at 12:30 and picked up as it f…

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Not much change

The winds were still strong from SW, but not quite as strong as yesterday. Showers in the morning, then almost constant and increasing heavy rain from lunchtime onwards.Pete took this shot of a solitary Black-Tailed Godwit On the heliport roost.Saltmar…

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Strong winds, not really providing…..yet.

Strong wind all day, starting from south then moved SW. heavy showers throughout the day, but less frequent by the afternoon. Two orange flagged Knot were read on heliport wall – details awaited.Whooper Swan – 13, including 2 juvenile were heading…

It finally stopped!

The wind was much lighter today, as was the early rain. The rain finally petered out by mid morning, after that the sunny spells became longer and the afternoon was quite pleasant.Heliport area (PM.MD) As the tide covered the rocks in front of the…

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It rained!

The overnight wind had eased slightly and shifted to SSE, but it quickly shifted back to SW and freshened. Rain all day varying from torrential to extra torrential!I think there was only me daft enough to venture out (MD)Middleton Nature Reserve – no s…

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A better variety

The Southwesterlies continue to increase. Some very heavy showers, some of hail, but some sunny periods as well.Check of the sea, from PeteKittiwake 14 out – record from yesterday morningThis morning:Guillemot 2Razorbill 1Razorbill/Guillemot 5Kittiwake…

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Grebe wars

Strengthening SW winds, showers early on developing to almost constant rain.Only my stuff so far, possibly more to come (MD)Ocean Edge area – high water 08:45The 7.9 metre tide is not high enough to cover the mud, but it does bring the waders closer in…

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Green marker post returns

Strong winds from WSW to west. Very heavy showers with some sunshine.You know it’s been a quiet day when the headline refers to a metal post! Still it’s good to have the green marker back, out from Heysham Head.It’s fixed on the same old surface water …

Kittiwake surprise

It started off much like yesterday with heavy showers, but the gaps between them increased with more sunshine. By afternoon it was mainly sunshine. The wind was quite fresh initially south then SW.Rock Pipit two on the saltmarsh Pete and Jean chec…

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A compete washout – well, almost

Winds from the south to SW. Heavy rain in the morning, giving way to alternating heavy and not so heavy rain in the afternoon!Nothing of note on the south shore in the morning. Just before I squelched back to my car, I came across a very large feeding …