Monday 26th MarchThe Ecology and Conservation of Riverine Birds
Posted by pete marsh
3rd w Iceland gull by waterfall in sw corner harbour
Chough - disappointingly not reported by yesterday photographic hordes (description from dog walker!) but present today in eg second field
Pale bellied Brent goose - two off horse paddocks on skeer as usual visible from knowlys road
Stonechat - female along shore at half moon bay
Rock pipit - near naze
Quick check of pine Lake, Clearwater fisheries, hare tarn and the Snab:
Greenshank - Snab
At least 10 tree sparrow in hedge at hare tarn
No sign of drake scaup - most tufted (67) were on Clearwater
Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 10/02/2018 06:56PM by pete marsh.
As above with Iceland gull, Chough (dead easy mid pm in first field north of cafe) and brents in exactly the same place as yesterday
Ocean edge stonechat seen today also the two drake pochard at middleton, hence not Glasson marinas
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 11/02/2018 06:32PM by pete marsh.
PBB Geese and Iceland awol over the high tide in the am but in the usual places as described above as the tide dropped in the afternoon
Chough in second field N of 1/2 moon bay cafe but with frozen conditions coming up might not be so easy to find and be hiding in the undercliff as on previous occasions
Green Sandpiper again on roadside shallow wetland just east of the recycling centre/construction site roundabout on Heysham bypass. No entry at all on to construction site road, even remaining at the roundabout end miles away from any construction - hoofed out straight away, so be careful viewing this area
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 12/02/2018 10:20PM by pete marsh.
3W Iceland Gull still present this morning
Chough still in first field north of cafe this am and again in second field 1500
Female stonechat, jack snipe oe saltmarsh edge
Please note that the waterfall is not visible from the parking area in the SW corner of the harbour and access to view from the north harbour wall is usually not possible as this is currently a construction site with regular heavy plant back and forth
Therefore it has to be the long walk round parking just before Ocean Edge and the usual access via Red Nab and the outfalls and the west quay where, of course, you might see other birds or you might get xxx wet through, so watch the rain alarm! (eg later today!)
Nothing behind iom ferry but it really struggled and clattered the North wall as it entered the harbour
Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 14/02/2018 03:16PM by pete marsh.
3rd W Iceland gull harbour, Chough second field north of Half Moon Bay Cafe this am. It favours the shorter turf in existing desire lines and can be very tame - one dog walker said he had to step over it!
Two jack snipe oe saltmarsh edge plus usual fem stonechat
No seawatching undertaken
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 15/02/2018 04:15PM by pete marsh.
Chough showing well now NB it can get right at the top of the second field and therefore not be easily visible from the usual VPs lower down
Iceland gull 3w south west corner of harbour - it sometimes roosts on top of floodlights on adjacent building and as such easily missed (no photos of it is on these pleas as per EDF request that cameras are not directed towards their property. Thanks. A reminder that anyone in this area is on camera at all times).
The two pale bellied Brent reappeared off the horse paddocks at 1400 hrs but where they have been over the high tide period this last three days has been a mystery
Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 16/02/2018 09:47PM by pete marsh.
See Heyshamobservatory.blogspot.com for a decent variety of stuff today plus pics, including the/a Shag sighting for the first time for a bit and the Velvet Scoter in flight
Have to assume the two wintering Pale-bellied Brent Geese have gone though - last reported 19th Feb
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 26/02/2018 02:37PM by pete marsh.
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