Mobile waders

The breeze started SE drifted as far as SW by mid afternoon before settling back to south.  Mainly overcast but the sunny spells were very warm.

Middleton Nature Reserve 
Ringing and vis report from Jean:

Ringing:

Only 16 new birds today.

Grey Wagtail 5

Meadow Pipit 3

Chiffchaff 2

Wren 2

Whitethroat 1

Blackcap 1

Reed Bunting 1

Goldfinch 1

and 2 Blue Tit recent retraps


Vis was equally low key:

Grey Wagtail 11 (includes the ringed birds)

Meadow Pipit 16 (includes the ringed birds)

Linnet 4

Chaffinch 6

Pied Wagtail 1

Goldfinch 13

Snipe 4

Pink-footed Goose 3

Swallow 1

The surprise was the flocks of Starlings moving through, all heading south. A total of 171  was counted in an hour when the ringing was quiet enough to allow me to monitor vis properly.


Red Nab - saltmarsh area towards high water (MD)
Wheatear just 1
Rock Pipit 2
Little Egret 7
Mediterranean gull 5 adult on Red Nab plus 1 out from saltmarsh 
Shelduck 5
Lapwing 34
Redshank 15
Kestrel 1 on foreshore 
Robin 2 on saltmarsh 
Meadow Pipit 2 over to south
All the above were close in, the following were all further out.

These neap tides do not cover the mud out from the saltmarsh, there were loads of waders today, unfortunately flushed by tide and a dog, but more walkers near Potts flushed some back.
These are only very loose estimates as they were so mobile (almost certainly underestimated)
Knot c2,000
Dunlin c1,000
Bar-Tailed Godwit c100
Grey Plover c80
Oystercatcher unusually just a handful.

I have been asked which section of beach the waders settle on, so this clip is just to show the location. In it are: Bar-Tailed Godwit, Grey Plover, Knot, Dunlin (plus the last of the Oystercatcher flying off). At the end of the clip you can see Ocean Edge foreshore on the right.