Friday, 2 December 2011

Fair 6c Wind SSW 4 Mph
Just checked the North bay this morning and noted 85-90 Sanderling, 3 Dunlin, Purple Sandpiper, 20+ Redshanks, Oystercatchers, 20+ Turnstone, 5+ Rock Pipit, 2 Pied Wagtail, 3 Eider, Cormorants, BH Gulls, Common Gull, Herring Gulls and a couple of Carrion Crows

Monday, 21 November 2011

9c Wind SSW 6Mph
In the North bay this morning were 20+ Turnstone, Oystercatchers, Redshanks, Purple Sandpiper, 30+ Sanderling, 500+ Golden Plover, 50+ Lapwing, 7 Eider, Red Throated Diver flew South, 11 Canada Geese,2 Rock Pipits, 3 Cormorants and everything lifted en mass so my head was on a swivel and I spotted a Peregrine Falcon after the waders. It spent a few minuets trying to spook some waders from the rocks. A Carrion Crow and some Black Headed Gulls soon mobbed it so it headed south trying to escape.

Saturday, 12 November 2011

On the Wetland this morning were 5 Moorhen, Mute Swan, 10 Gadwall and about a dozen Teal. In the top bushes were female Blackcap, Dunock, Reed Bunting, Wren, Goldcrest, Blue Tit and someone has built a feeding station here. Bravo a great idea and well done for doing it but slightly too close to the view point birds will scatter everytime someone goes down here.(just my humble opinion). a few Skylarks were on the wing this morning and the usual gulls about otherwise quiet.

Thursday, 3 November 2011

A quick wander around at midday produced 4 Fieldfares coming in off the sea in the north bay. Waders here were 2 Bar Tailed Godwit, 20+ Ringed PLover, 25+ Sanderling, Purple Sandpiper, 30+ Oystercatchers, Redshank, Curlew, Lapwings and Golden Plover.
The Wetland held Mute Swan, 2 Wigeon, Mallard. the Willows had Goldcrest, Robins, Reed Buntings and 18 Redwing were seen heading back out to sea. Guillemots and Kittiwakes were heading south offshore and the usual Gulls in the carpark..

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Caught up with yesterdays Firecrest here, which nobody told me about. It gave good views in the bushes of the first gun butt, till it was flushed by an over zealous photographer... It was soon refound in the second butt so the
papparazzi were off and so was I in the opposite direction... A Yellow Browed Warbler was in the wetland bushes and has been here a few days. A single Redwing noted and
Woodcock, Short Eared Owl and Peregrine also rpt'd here today.

Thursday, 20 October 2011

September 2011

30/9/11 Fair Wind S 7 Mph
In the North Bay this morning were 2 Bar Tailed Godwits, Sandwich Tern, 12+ Ringed Plover, 30+ Sanderling, Knot, Redshanks, Curlew, Guillemot, Eider,
Black Headed Gulls, Carrion Crows, Pied Wagtail, Rock Pipit, Cormorants, Herring Gulls. In the wetland bushes about 4 Goldcrest, Blue Tit, Chaffinch, Reed Bunting, 2 Robins, Wren and a Blackbird. 3 Grey Herons and over a dozen Skylarks in the ploughed field . I witnessed a Carrion Crow this morning pecking like mad on a plastic bottle, blimey what a racket it made and I wondered what was inside that kept it interested for so long.

22/9/11 Fair Wind WSW 17 Mph
Birds noted today were...... 21 Ringed Plover, 20+ Sanderling, Knot, 300+ Golden Plover, 10+ Dunlin, 2 Bar Tailed Godwit, 4 Pied Wagtail, Yellow Wagtail juv, Rock Pipit, Guillemot (a wrecked bird in North Bay), Wigeon, 2 Teal, 20+ Curlew the usual Gulls and one of the locals saw a Merlin over the west field.

16/9/11 Cloudy 14c Wind ESE 15 Mph
An hour's seawatching this morning produced 6 manxies N, Gannets, 14 Wigeon, 3 Teal, Guilllemots, Razorbills, Rt Diver N and a cracking juv Long Tailed Skua flew North close in. It was right over the rocks on the point and I was getting good views of it till a dog walker stopped right in front of me. How dare he stop on a public footpath... lol
A very welcome addition to my year list if I still kept it properly.

15/9/11 Partly Cloudy 14c Wind E 4 Mph
In the wetland bushes this morning were a couple of Robins, Blue Tit and whilst trying to string a Firecrest out of the few Goldcrests seen. I heard a few Skylarks passing overhead. On the Wetland a Moorhen with a 2-3 week old chick, that's 3 broods it's had this year. 20+ Swallows were also here along with Meadow Pipit and 5 Pied Wagtails.
In the west field a female Sparrowhawk was hunting and about a dozen Black Headed Gulls were following the plough. In the North bay a Merlin was being mobbed by Oystercatchers. 5-600 Golden Plover here along with a few Curlew and Redshanks.
The Fox was showing well on the Wetland and I also saw a small frog along the footpath.
on Tuesday 13/9/11 I had a single Wheatear and 2-3 House Martin here.....

5/9/11 Mostly Cloudy 14c Wind SW 20 Mph
A quick visit this morning produced 1000+ Golden Plover, 2 Bar Tailed Godwits, Dunlin, 4 Ringed Plover but the best of the visit was 1000+ Swallows and the odd Sand Martin mixed in migrating. They were everywhere in the north bay, the west field, overhead even out to sea. They were moving just in front of a storm front. An absolute pleasure to watch and well worth the soaking...

20th October 2011

Well as it looks like a certain company refusing to let me use my website due to "high traffic" when in fact I havnt even used a third of my monthly allowance, I've decided to start using blogger.
Marden Quarry yesterday the Lesser Scaup was still showing but distant and at St Mary's Great Spotted Woodpecker was the only migrant noted amongst the usual crowd.