Now 10 warblers possible

 Very light north breeze till mid afternoon then switched to NW. Sunny spells.Middleton Nature Reserve 09:00 – 10:30 MD, 10:30 onwards Janet.Still no sign of the 10 fledged Mallards, but the Tim Butler female has produced another 10Mute 2 pai…

Amphibians and moths and Skippers

Light west breeze and mainly sunnyMiddleton Nature Reserve (Janet)First Large Skipper butterfly of the yearThis moth was identified by Kevin as celypha lacunana. “It’s supposed to be very common but I haven’t come across it.”The warm dry spell is …

Things, pretty much, the same.

Quite a fresh SW breeze mainly overcast with some very light rainHeysham Head high cliffs – yesterday Alan reported at least two, probably three Rock Pipits on the rocks below the high cliffsHeysham Skear – low water 10:30Great White Egret (probab…

A Touch Of Summer

Late May/early June can be boom or bust for bird ringers and birders alike. In early 2021 unpredictability became the norm when unseasonal cold air, regular frosts and nagging northerlies played havoc with springtime migration from Africa to Europe. La…

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Godwit puzzle

Almost breathless first thing before a SW breeze picked up. Some cloud but plenty of sunny spells.Heysham skear – low water 09:45 (MD)Great Crested Grebe 15Red-breasted Merganser 2Eider 1Little Egret 8Curlew c35Bar-Tailed Godwit 1 male in full summer p…

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New, for the year, dragonflies

SW to W fresh wind. Mainly overcast, but some sunny spells.Ocean Edge foreshore and saltmarsh Mediterranean gull 1 second calendar year out from the saltmarsh withc140 Black-Headed gullThe only wader was a single LapwingMiddleton Nature Reserve&nb…

Not a lot…..so far

WSW lighter wind, mainly overcast but some sunny spells in the afternoon.Heysham skear – low water 08:25Eider 3Great Crested Grebe 7 (looks like the additional group of 11 seen last night have moved on)Little Egret 9Lighthouse area mid afternoon T…

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Start, Chaser, & Chats

A Redstart, and Four-spotted Chaser at Holme Wood, and Stonechats on Hawthornthwaite Fell, were the top trio for my little black book. But blink and you’ll miss the male Redstart. Eyes right of centre where the video arrow points to the small bran…