Category: Heysham Bird Observatory (LWT)

Some cold weather movement

Another freezing night, cold north wind shifting to NNE later. Some sunshine in the morning, with rain showers by the afternoon.Middleton Nature Reserve I checked early before the swan feeding shifts started.Most of the ducks had returned to the o…

Nothing startling, but interesting none the less

Another overnight frost, but no more snow. The north wind was fresher and cold, but the air temperature was higher and the sunshine made it pleasant.Heysham skeer – low water 08:15 (MD)The sunrises in Heysham are rarely as splendid as the sunsets, and …

It started, not too bad

Another overnight frost with a light dusting of snow. The sun came out in the morning, then a very heavy, but fortunately short snow storm at lunchtime. After that it threatened snow again a couple of times. So I chickened out and stayed at home in the…

Not too bad a start

Overnight frost again, but not quite so severe. Light northerly breezes with long periods of sunshine.Pete and Jean had a quick look round:Pale-bellied Brent goose 7 – in Heysham Village BayOystercatcher – the Norwegian ringed bird still on the cricket…

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Wildfowl teamwork successful……so far.

A hard frost again last night and the morning started with freezing rain, leaving a covering of ice over everything. The sun broke through by the afternoon, but the air temperature never got any higher than 2C. By 15:00 a mist came in off the sea. Very…

Lots of Pinks

Heavy overnight frost left the ponds frozen other than small pockets kept open by the wildfowl. What little breeze there was came from the north. Mainly sunny, particularly in the afternoon.Middleton Nature Reserve The small patch of open water on…

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The cold snap starts to bite

Overnight frost left the ponds largely ice covered. Light northerly breeze and plenty of sunshine.Middleton Nature Reserve Pete managed to read a white Darvic ringed Black-headed gull roosting on the main pond ice. It’s worth checking this pond, w…

Brent continue to increase

Light NE breeze eased to almost nothing during the day. Light overnight frost left thin ice on the shallow pools and puddles, but the ponds remained ice free. Sun for most of the day.Middleton Nature Reserve Full circuit.Mute 3 adult 3+1 juvenile&…

Storm Bella, barely provides

The strong overnight SW winds quickly eased and moved around to west. Very heavy showers, most with hail.Pete managed to check the incoming lunchtime ferry. Unfortunately in the middle of a squall, so some birds my have been missed.Mediterranean gull 1…

Shrimps still providing a bounty

The strong SW wind strengthened throughout the day and during the evening. Hopefully there will be something blown in tomorrow. Some lightish showers in the morning, but longer and heavier by the afternoon.There are a lot of birds taking advantage of w…