Alan SmithParticipantJanuary 17, 2021 at 7:22 pmPost count: 64
1,400 Black Tailed Godwit
2,000 Bar Tailed Godwit
175 Lapwings (c2,000 in nearby fields)
17 Curlew (c300 in nearby fields)
22 LBB Gull
5 Mallard (disappointing count)
1 Great Crested Grebe (Grebe and male merganser had a neck lowering and gaping bill confrontation, probably fishing dispute, could be French birds.
2 Red Breasted Merganser
Glasson Marsh from Sunderland Point
57 Pinkfoot ( Flew off before you arrived Ian)
75 Fieldfare in nearby field.garry sharplesParticipantJanuary 17, 2021 at 9:08 pmPost count: 27
Great you got to do this Alan as I was running about a bit trying to count East and West of the peninsula in case you couldn’t do the WEBS…you got more Godwits than me on the Lades side….they seemed very flighty…. Lots of waders in fields Today.
On the Middleton Sands side for the WEBS…(plus some more Jan survey stuff ‘highlights’)
550 Bar Tailed Godwit
31 Black Tailed Godwit
277 Grey Plover
2 Little Egret
2 Herring Gull
17 B H Gulls
In addition…155 Golden Plover, 210 Curlew, 350 Lapwing in fields to rear of Potts Corner
1 Tree Sparrow
8 Long Tailed Tit
1 Rock Pipit
3 Meadow Pipit
1 Reed Bunting
1 Grey Wagtail
Several Hundred PF Geese in fields East of Heysham Moss whilst driving past.Pete MarshParticipantJanuary 17, 2021 at 10:15 pmPost count: 54
Were the godwits roosting on Lades Marsh at high tide? If not where did they go at high tide please to avoid duplicative count. Thanksgarry sharplesParticipantJanuary 18, 2021 at 11:25 amPost count: 27
There was no overlap – always looked for and tends to occur more on the 10M plus tides.Alan SmithParticipantJanuary 18, 2021 at 4:01 pmPost count: 64
All Godwits remained on the exposed mudflats/sandbanks around Lades Marsh area, it was only a 9.1mtr tide with plenty of exposed areas at high water, as Garry referred on a 10mtr+, everything is lifted and flying to various locations.
Interesting count Garry on the Middleton roost due to no overlap.
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