Winter thrush day

Light winds from NE. Some cloud, sunshine and a few light afternoon showers.

Middleton Nature Reserve 
Visible migration report from Jean:

It was winter thrush arrival day but things only got going after 9am. Gangs of Redwing got bigger as the morning went on but the really huge numbers were in places other than Middleton NR, apparently several thousand travelling high above the M6!


Vis 0730-1130 

NE F2-3, part cloudy, 7-13C

Redwing 327 NE

Fieldfare 95 NE

Mistle Thrush 5 NE

Song Thrush 6 N

Jackdaw 137 S

Carrion Crow S

Snipe 1 W

Pink-footed Goose 282 S (flock sizes: 42/140/100)

Grey Wagtail 9 SE

Alba Wagtail 2 E

Chaffinch 4 SE

Reed Bunting 4

Linnet 1 SE

Meadow Pipit 1 SE

Lesser Redpoll 1

Goldfinch 2 SE

Starling 5 SE, 1 NE, 5 N

Skylark 1 SE


Grounded migrants

Blackbird 3 and 35 at Heysham NR


Ringing summary from Alan


There were still at least 100 thrushes on and around the reserve in the early evening, mainly Redwing, but also Mistle and Song Thrush plus Blackbird. No Fieldfare seen.

One of this evening's Redwing.

Pink-Footed Goose - 490 + 150 south 16:10 & 16:15



Ocean Edge area mid morning

No sign of any thrush movement, just a couple of hundred metres west of Middleton Nature Reserve!

Mediterranean gull 2 unringed adult 

Great White Egret one SE at 10:10

Wigeon c80 flew into Red Nab from estuary direction

Some of the Wigeon flying in.