Creeping tide clears the beach!

The breeze still from the east. Overcast all day apart from 30 minutes sunshine mid afternoon.

Middleton Nature Reserve 
Ringing report from Alan:

An improvement in the catch this morning with a small selection of warblers that may have arrived over the night before last. Also caught were three Grey Wagtails. The catch comprised 3 Willow Warblers (+ 1 retrap), 3 Chiffchaffs, 2 Wrens and singles of Dunnock, Cetti's Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Common Whitethroat, Garden Warbler and Blackcap.

I had a quick check mid afternoon (MD)

Gadwall just 4 again, no sign of Wigeon

Teal 5 on "no swimming" pond, later flew off to south

Common Snipe 1 flushed from edge of main pond - first record this autumn 


Emperor 4

Brown Hawker 2

Migrant Hawker 4

Common Darter 5

South shore

Rock Pipit 1

Wheatear just 2 along the same stretch and at same time that I counted 37 yesterday!

Again, the objective of today's walk was to check out the waders on the water line out from the saltmarsh, I could see there were high numbers from a distance, but as I got closer most of them flew off south, not a raptor today, and I was nowhere near enough to spook them. It was only when I got closer that I realised what had happened (MD).

The morning breeze was fresher than of late and due east, and the sea was quite calm. The net effect of this is that the wind holds back the waves that would normally lap the waterline. When this happens I think of the tide as "creeping" in. This is what a creeping tide looks like coming up the beach.