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c2,500 Dunlin along entire stretch of mudflats from car park to Second Terrace, all engaged in the usual Dunlin feeding frenzy, arrived early evening on ebbing tide, nothing other than Redshank detected with them.
c 32 Eider Ducklings between Plover Scar Light and Sunderland Point over the last two weeks, two families with eight each, this is the highest ever count for me on this stretch of the river, all recorded at low water and when on the scears at times very difficult to see and count but being in a boat was very useful to obtain an accurate count, but where do they all go on the flood tide, then only
The 2nd of July heralding the start of returning waders, 347 Lapwings on a sandbank adjacent to Lades Marsh accompanied by a good number of Redshank.
Black Swan in the company of 37 Mute Swan
Shelduck with two large duckling
Eider with three duckling
Barn Owl skirting over garden, hopefully dining on quite a large population of wood mice evident.
Nightjar towards the Point end on the West Shore in bramble and thorn scrub, located at 23.00hrs during a night time rabbit catching session, S/Pt is absoloultly overrun with them, I visited the area 'till 22.15 yesterday evening with no sign, just two Foxes and four Pipistrelles, a shorter visit this evening just in case but nothing.
The time of year when things have quietened down on the estuary, 12.0 pm
2 Common Snipe
3 Black Tailed Godwit
2 Grey Lag Geese
Until 19.00 when I didn't know which way to look first due to a massive influx of Dunlin and Ringed Plover with various flocks flying up and down the estuary and on the mudflats, when I managed to get my h
A walk to Bowie Pond
7 Canada Geese
8 Tufted Duck
2 Little Grebe
1 Reed Warbler (what a wonderful noise they make, sorry Reed Warbler I mean song)
1 Long Tailed Tit
No Mute Swans nesting, first time in many years, I thought it rather strange when I saw the geese as the cob usually carries out a clearance of all large wildfowl
26 Eider ( increase from 15 yesterday )
15 Ringed Plover
5 Black Tailed Godwit ( 57 been here all week )
7 LBB Gull
2 Herring Gull
4 Tree Sparrow in the garden, one pair building in nest box as per several years now, hopefully the new pair will do likewise.
WeBS count carried out from front of house,
3 Golden Eye
1 Little Egret
226 Oyster Catcher
32 BH Gull
19 LBB Gull
c 2,000 Black Tailed Godwit on sandbank adjacent to Lades Marsh, where were you yesterday.
32 Redwing, field near Mission Church
Interesting report Pete, from around 16.30 until dusk and probably later, on these and other neap tides there is a constant fly past of Gulls going down river consisting of many hundreds and as per your report thousands I am presuming that they are going out to roost on the sand banks out to the west that don't get any tide during the neaps, it is always an impressive sight.
A good wader roost on a nearby sand bank with assembled enjoying the sunshine late a/m
1,500 Black Tailed Godwits, chestnut plumage starting on many
500 Redshank, majority of these will be passing through, a mass of red legs showing on the ledges of sand bank
680 Wigeon, all looking fat and well fed ready for the journey ahead
Barn Owl hunting on the sea defence bankin
Two adult Little Gulls with BH Gulls feeding in the shallows on west shore a/m
Short Eared Owl kept me company for fifteen minutes sat in the rushes approx.14mtrs away those bright yellow eyes shining in the sunshine, again appearing around high water, took off at a rapid rate with the strong wind inland.
Twite very active c50
c120 Redwing worming in nearby field with no Fieldfare
A flock of c50 Twite battling the elements on the west shore a/m how on earth do they feed on the side of a banking in the face of severe gale gusting to force ten. A recent high tide has left a substantial wreck mark or strand line, two crows were observing things closely occasionally venturing in to the rushes before the tide covered the rushes and they concentrated again on the strand line eve
Watching Short Eared Owl battling against a strong headwind going out to the wader roost then followed by another then shortly after followed by another and just for good measure three walkers on route from S/Pt to Potts Corner disturbed another from the inshore rushes. Due to the strong wind none of the owls made it to the wader roost and all eventually disappeared inland to S/Brows fields. As p
500 Bar Tailed Godwit
52 BH Gull
5 LBB Gull
500 Black Tailed Godwit
2 Red Breasted Merganser
1 Little Egret
There was a crossover with both species of Godwit between Sunderland and Middleton, a discussion between Garry and myself concluded that this was a fair
Cormorant caught an eel on the river and the usual struggle started with the slippery prey which attracted the attention of GBB Gull who made numerous attempts to steal, eventually Cormorant managed to contain eel within neck and beak area and started to reach upwards from water attempting to swallow same, eel however had other ideas and it's tail reappeared from bill and then the whole fish rea
Storm force winds have not driven our friend the Black Necked Grebe away it was at Crook Farm Skear at 15.40. The tide today was a listed 9.3 mtr but with the storm force gusts it made 10.00mtrs, very glad the wind was west and not SW
Checking for Black Necked Greebe at 13.00 and low and behold at 13.05 it flew in to view and landed in the river at Crook Farm skear, from a northerly direction, I don't know if it came in from down river and looped round in to the wind to land or came from up river, however it started fishing and went downstream on every dive, past Crook Farm and Crook Farm cottage and Land Lighthouse past E5 bu
It was around 11.0 am when I was watching it at Crook Skear and it flew off approx. 12.30. The lighthouse is just out of sight from us so I can't guarantee that it landed there, just a guess with it being similar terrain to Crook Skear, nothing seen today due to adverse weather but I will continue looking and advise accordingly. Forgot to add 7 Goldeneye yesterday.
During an absence of two days it was nice to see the Black Necked Greebe back at Crook Skear with the best light of its stay so far shining on it, it was good to be able to use maximum zoom on the scope to actually see how it gained the name, it later flew down river and I would suspect to the lighthouse where similar feeding grounds are found.
Equally impressive in todays lighting were Golden P
Black Necked Grebe observed in the river off the north end of Crook skear, good viewing albeit from a distance across the river from 12.0 'Oclock on the flood tide until 13.45 when it was still there in company with a Great Crested Grebe.
Could I please request that you respect the privacy of Mrs Gerrard and family and anyone wishing to observe this wonderful bird please park at Land Lighthous
Little Egret observed with red ring to left leg and what appears to be metal ring on right leg (distant observation)
Three sightings of Barn Owl, one over the garden carrying vole or similar heading SE and at the front of house with same, this time able to plot it's flight path which was SE over the river towards Crook Farm, I guess feeding young, checking Glasson marsh with scope and barn Owl
Enjoying the usual wader roost spectacle today, still good numbers of Knot and 17 PB Brent were nice to observe, two Short Eared Owls still here and then two dreaded kite surfers decided to launch their infernal contraptions, with it being a 10.1 mtr. tide they were able to surf right through the roost so every bird was airborne including Brent, all Curlews, Oyster Catcher and others took flight
I am absolutely certain that there is a crossover between Middleton and Lades Marsh Bar Tailed Godwits and for that reason I advise BTO of this problem when my count is submitted, it would be irresponsible of me not to include in my WeBS count.
Not sure what you mean by lower high tide, tides are dropping to neaps all this week and I expect Barwits to be here all week spending a lot of time roos
1300 BH Gull
51 LBB Gull
47 Herring Gull
7 GBB Gull
2500 Bar Tailed Godwit
84 Black tailed Godwit
1 Little Egret
Massive gull roost especially Black Headed unusual to see this many roosting on a sand bank during the day, but not unusual to see more than this number late in the
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