More Pinkfoot movement and a tale of two Pipits

The sun shone! With a light west breeze. It was nice to see the world in colour again.

Middleton Nature Reserve 
Ringing and vis report from Jean:

Ringing

41 birds caught, 35 new birds and 6 retraps

Meadow Pipit 3

Pied Wagtail 6

Grey Wagtail 4

Goldcrest 2

Chiffchaff 5

Blackcap 1

Reed Bunting 5

Robin 2

Wren 2

Great Tit 1

Blue tit 3

Long-tailed Tit 3 retraps, the oldest one was first caught in March 2018

Great Spotted Woodpecker 1

Cetti's Warbler 1 new bird and 2 retraps (both young ones from this year)

Greenfinch 1 retrap, moulting its primaries, born in 2020.


Vis 0700-1200

These are minimum numbers as most of the time my head was down looking at the birds I was ringing.

Pink-footed Goose 786 in at least 11 flocks throughout the morning

Jay 7 (a flock of 6 plus one on its own)

Pied Wagtail 14 

Swallow 5

Linnet 5

Chaffinch 2

Grey Wagtail 2 heard in addition to those caught

Skylark 3

Meadow Pipit c40

Raven 2


Insect vis:

Red Admiral 1

Small White 1

Migrant Hawker 6

Common Darter 2



I had a pleasant walk around mid afternoon (MD)
Mute 2 adult 9 cygnets 
Gadwall 16
Mallard 3
Moorhen 11 (7 on "no swimming" pond)
Little grebe 1

Cetti's warbler 3 singing males - Tim Butler and "No Swimming" ponds, both known territories. The third a much softer song in the hawthorn line near the turning circle on the road to the trading estate. This sounded like the bird previously heard singing from the main pond car park.

Dragonflies:
Migrant Hawker 1
Common Darter 7+
Mature female Common Darter 

Butterflies:
Small Tortoiseshell 1
Comma 1
Comma


South shore - high water 12:00 (MD)
Mediterranean gull 3 adult/3rd calendar year birds on Red Nab
Wigeon 17
Ringed Plover 11
Dunlin 1
Wheatear 2
This male Wheatear is still looking quite smart for autumn.
Again, another large individual 
Rock Pipits 7 - including 3 together on the saltmarsh that looked to be off passage (not in an area normally visited by the resident birds).
Meadow Pipits 16, a number feeding before moving on. This one was feeding when it heard another pipit call, it answered and left to join the other bird.