Category: Heysham Bird Observatory (LWT)

No surprises today

Another cold wind, today from SW. A mixture of sunny spells and showers, some of hail.Middleton Nature Reserve Only real change from yesterday was that there was no sign of the Shovelers today, plus I forgot to include Tufted yesterday.Mute, Coot …

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Nice Sanderling surprise

 A bitterly cold south wind early on with high cloud. Rain/sleet started about 10:15, after that there were some heavy rain showers and the wind shifted to SSW.Heysham skear – low water 08:20 (MD)Eider c60Great Crested Grebe 6Red-breasted Merganse…

Ringed Necked Parakeet

A cold WNW wind, but sunshine all day again (having said that, the sun set at 16:05!)Ring Necked Parakeet east over shops by Knowlys road yesterday per Dominic Green South Shore Wigeon 150+Shelduck 6Shelduck Rock Pipit 5 – 1 on saltmarsh…

Wildlife on the doorstep……well, kerbside.

Overnight rain turned to clear skies and sub zero temperatures by dawn. A cold NNW wind with sunshine pretty much all day.Middleton Nature Reserve My car was covered in a sheet of ice, I thought the ponds would be iced over too, but the rain must …

A bit of wind blown stuff

The strong overnight winds were already easing by 04:00. Although they did continue to be quite strong from the SW. Mainly fine with a few sunny spells but an occasional light shower.South ShoreReport from Shaun:Almost all the birds were heading out be…

Barnacle Goose, plus………a bit of a boys club!

 Fresh SSW wind. Overnight rain stopped early on with just one heavy shower after lunch, otherwise high cloud with some sunshine.Red Nab – saltmarsh area – high water 10:30Pale Bellied Brent Geese 9 feeding on the Red Nab gut weed till displaced b…

Pochard kicks off the 2022 list!

SSW wind overcast in the morning but unseasonably warm and sunny in the afternoon.Middleton Nature Reserve Just a quick check……with fingers crossed…..it worked!The water level on the “no swimming” pond was almost back to normal. It is contro…

A respectable end to the year.

 Very heavy overnight rain stopped quite early. SW wind with occasional sunny spells.Saltmarsh area – high water 08:50Rock Pipit 2Lapwing 80Wigeon 180 along saltmarsh This clip shows two things, first the activity on the saltmarsh edge, but a…

Brent numbers increasing again.

A fresh SSW wind all day. Very low cloud in the morning with some light showers. The rain becoming heavy and persistent by the afternoon.South Shore mid morningLapwing 232 on mud out from the saltmarsh Common Snipe 5 seen in the sea grass patches …

Dark-bellied Brents – first of winter

A fresh SW wind, rain in the morning eased before lunch, then mainly dry.Harbour waterfallJust a quick check from Fishers side 10:10.Rock Pipit 1Shag 1 juvenile – this isn’t my picture, it’s another of Craig’s great shots from yesterday. As ever with t…