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Not much change 8th Aug

Posted on August 12, 2013 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Despite good conditions for bringing in new migrants, not much has changed from yesterdays log, still at least 1 Reed and 2+ Sedge Warblers in the reedbed, the Little Owl was showing first thing, a few Swallows moved south but nowhere near the numbers of yesterday.

Great Crested Grebe in heavy moult Seaforth NR 8th Aug 2013

Juv and ads Black-tailed Godwits Seaforth NR 8th Aug 2013

Two Juv Med gulls and an adw were amongst reduced numbers of gulls in, but still good numbers of waders, with 4 juv Black-tailed Godwits amongst 53 ads, 287 Bar-tailed Godwits, 3 Common Sands, 2 Ringed Plover, 950 Dunlin and 1800 Knot.

One of this years Juv Common Terns  Seaforth NR 8th Aug 2013

Common Tern Seaforth NR 8th Aug 2013


1sts Common Tern Seaforth NR 8th Aug 2013

Juv Med Gull Seaforth NR 8th Aug 2013

Peacock Passage 7th Aug

Posted on August 12, 2013 at 6:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Light SE winds induced a steady movement of Swallows, the first big south bound push this Autumn, with several hundred noted, 2 Sand Martin, 15 House Martin and 10 Swift, also on the move and in big numbers were Peacock Butterflies, streaming across the pool all heading south at different heights, an estimated 500+ during the day.


Also on the move were 2-3 Sedge Warblers calling from the reedbed, along with 3 singing Reed Warblers, and 3 Meadow Pipits begin the return of migrants.


Wader numbers are still impressive on the saltwater pool mud, !000+ Dunlin, 1800 knot, 151 Bar-tailed Godwit, 50 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Common Sand and 1 Curlew Sand still.

Dunlin flock Seaforth NR 7th Aug 2013


Single ads Little Gull and ads Kittiwake, 2 juv, a 1sts-2ndw and  adw Med Gulls were amongst the gulls.

Ad + Juv Sandwich Terns Seaforth NR 7th Aug 2013

Dunlin new high count 4th Aug

Posted on August 9, 2013 at 7:05 AM Comments comments (0)

A scan of the saltwater pool quickly revealed a lot of waders, in fact, huge numbers, the whole area of exposed mud was covered in feeding or roosting waders, mostly Dunlin, and it became obvious that they had jumped from 1200 from the day before to what is probably a record count of 2300.

A "Nemo" shaped ballon drifted across the reserve


Just one Curlew Sandpiper was noted amongst them, 4 Ringed Plover, 2 Turnstone, 320 Bar-tailed Godwits, 63 Black-tailed Godwits, 40 Curlew, 2 Common Sands, 1100 Knot and an ads Sanderling.

Ad Little Grebe Seaforth NR 4th Aug 2013


Two colour ringed/flagged Dunlin were noted at close range, but so far the colour ringing scheme that they belong to, hasn't been tracked down, mainly due to email addresses not being updated in which to contact them.

Eclipse male Shoveler Seaforth NR 4th Aug 2013


The Little Owl was sat on the screen to the right of hide A upon approach to the hide, while 65 Swifts flew up and down the long bank feeding with 15 House Martins and 1 Swallow.


Two Juv and an adw Med Gull were in the meagre amount of gulls  roosting,  which seems to be a new regular feature for Sundays, also a really fresh juv Common Gull.

Juv Med Gull Seaforth NR 4th Aug 2013

Juv Med Gull Seaforth NR 4th Aug 2013


Close Meds 3rd Aug

Posted on August 4, 2013 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (0)

The 1st August post, I said there had been no movement or change amongst the ducks, today the first scan of the pool from the walk in, revealed a juv Wigeon amongst the Tufted duck, which also had an increase with 18 more to 118, the next full moon should see an even bigger increase in duck numbers and hopefully species.


The Little Owl was sat out near hide A first thing, a decent flock of 55 Swift were feeding over the long bank and pool, with 2 Sand and 10 House Martins.


A check of the waders on the mud of the salt water pool, produced 1200 Dunlin and now 3 ads Curlew Sands, and impressive numbers of Bar-tailed Godwits and Knot with 417 and 1700 respectively, 3 Ringed Plovers, 5 Turnstone, 2 Common Sand and 54 Black-tailed Godwits, including the first juv of the autumn.


Good numbers of gulls in again with a large juv Yellow-legged Gull on Cormorant island, Juv Common and 2 Juv, a 1sts-2ndw, 2nds and 2 ad, the 1sts-2ndw had a green darvic ring, which looks likely to be a German bird, and the 2nds bird had no rings and was a new bird seen, also one ad had a yellow darvic 2E26, this bird has been seen here before but not this year, all ringing info will be posted once back.

2nds Med Gull Seaforth NR 3rd August 2013

This Juv Med about to get a peck on the head from the 2nds Seaforth NR 3rd August 2013


To say the Med Gulls are showing well lately would be an under statement, as one juv flew so close to the hide, it was on the minimum focus distance of the 500mm, and was impossible to fit the whole bird in the frame.

Very close Juv Med Gull Seaforth NR 3rd August 2013

Ad Med Gull "2E26" yellow darvic ringed bird Seaforth NR 3rd Aug 2013

Ad Med Gull "2E26" yellow darvic ringed bird Seaforth NR 3rd Aug 2013


A 2nds Arctic Tern was amongst the Common Tern flock, with 5 ad + 5 juv Sandwich Terns on the tide.

The scowl on this young dog Foxes face is priceless, he's not a happy bunny!


Green Sands 2nd Aug

Posted on August 3, 2013 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (0)

A check of the waders on the salt water pool mid morning produced 2 Green Sandpipers feeding in the far north-west corner, under the radar tower area of mud, a very scarce species for here, which surprisingly is not annual, in fact some years back we hadn't had one for several years, so it was good to see them.

Green Sandpiper Seaforth NR 2nd Aug 2013

Green Sand same bird as above but underwing not looking as black


Not long into watching them they flew to a small hidden pool behind the small patch of reeds, and then up again and out towards the sea, before u-turning and flying straight towards me, I hurriedly got the camera out the bag and managed what I thought might be the only shots I was going to get, as they landed briefly on the small D pool at the back of the reedbed, before flying again towards and past hide A.


I hurried down to the hide and lifted the side flap up gently to reveal the birds starting to feed on the plover scrape, I managed a few shots before one was flushed by a noisy entry into the hide by one of the regulars, luckily the other one stayed for a few more shots and then it flew towards the causeway, were they remained on and off throughout the day, very flighty birds which always seem nervous of staying more than 5 mins.

Green Sandpiper calling Seaforth NR 2nd Aug 2013

Green Sandpiper Seaforth NR 2nd Aug 2013

2 Green Sandpipers Seaforth NR 2nd Aug 2013

Green Sandpiper Seaforth NR 2nd Aug 2013

Green Sandpiper wing stretching Seaforth NR 2nd Aug 2013

Green Sandpiper Seaforth NR 2nd Aug 2013


Another look at the waders and just one ads Curlew Sandpiper seen, with 1000+ Dunlin, 5 Turnstone, 20+ Blackwits and 1 Common Sand.


A new 1sts Med Gull appeared late afternoon, unringed, as well as one Juv, a 2nds and an adw, as well as an ads Little Gull, the first Juv Great Black-backed Gull, and juv Common and Yellow-legged Gulls.

Juv Herring Gull Seaforth NR 2nd Aug 2013


A single Swallow flew south, 1 Sand Martin and 18 Swift on the move.

Mallard having a cool bath during the heat of the day Seaforth NR 2nd Aug 2013

Juv Yellow-legged Gulls 1st Aug

Posted on August 2, 2013 at 5:15 PM Comments comments (0)

The first day of August, a cracking month for waders, with bigger numbers returning and the first juveniles usually turning up en masse, evidence of such now in the flock of 900+ Dunlin, a lot more juvs, but we still wait for the first juv Blackwits, Knot, Turnstone etc.


Two Juv Yellow-legged Gulls were picked out amongst the many juv Herring and Lesser Black-baked Gulls, also in the gulls, 2 ads Little Gulls, 1 juv, 2 2nds-w and 3 ad Med Gulls, another juv Common Gull, a very fresh looking individual.


The 2 ads Curlew Sands were still on the salt water pool, 3 juv Common Sands, 400 Knot and 26 Blackwit.


Not much change amongst the ducks, no increases at all, still just 1 Teal, 100+ Tufted, 3-4 Pochard, 2 Shoveler.


Swifts have been moving early morning, but 5 went south mid afternoon and 3 Swallow.



Double Dutch 29th July

Posted on August 1, 2013 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)

The post breeding Med gulls are turning up in good numbers, as well as the 2 juvs, a new second summer ringed bird arrived with a white darvic with E336, the life history of the birds known movements here.

distant record shot of the adw LXG Med Gull Seaforth NR 29th July 2013

  White     E336              L               Arnhem       3616769         pullus             20/06/2011  de Braakman, near Terneuzen, Zeeuws-Vlaanderen, NL 51,19N 3,44E             Wolf, Pim A.

Sightings - observations :

  White  E336       v                 26/08/2011  Dungarvan Harbour, Co. Waterford, IRELAND  52,05N 7,37W  Cowming, Micheal

  White  E336       v                 26/07/2012  Llanon, Limekilns  Cardigan Bay, Wales, GB  52N 4W  Snell, E. (Liz)

  White  E336       v                 13/07/2013  Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, Wales, GB  52,25N 4,04W                                      read as F336  Bird, Chris

  White  E336       v                 29/07/2013  Seaforth Nature Reserve, Liverpool, Merseyside, GB  53,28N 3,01W  Conway, Tony


Seven adults were also seen including another white darvic bird, LXG, the information on this bird is as follows.

  White     LXG              left             Arnhem       3693876         pullus             24/06/2010  De Kreupel Island, Ijsselmeer, Noord-Holland, NL 52,48N 5,14E                  Majoor, Frank

Sightings - observations :

  White  LXG        v                 13/08/2010  Seaforth Nature Reserve, Liverpool, Merseyside, GB  53,28N 3,01W                  read ad LX6  Kinsella, Peter

  White  LXG        v                 26/08/2011  Seaforth Nature Reserve, Liverpool, Merseyside, GB  53,28N 3,01W                  read as LXB or LX8  Kinsella, Peter

  White  LXG        v                 19/12/2011  Praia de Santo Amaro de Oeiras, Lisboa, Estremadura, PORTUGAL  38,43N 9,08W  Caratão, Rui

  White  LXG        v                 29/07/2013  Seaforth Nature Reserve, Liverpool, Merseyside, GB  53,28N 3,01W  Conway, Tony

So its a returning bird now in its 3rd year, no black on primaries and fully adult like in plumage, and the second Dutch ringed bird of the day.


A ten Med Gull day count, but there has been an estimated 18 birds in July.

Adw Med Gull Seaforth NR 29th July 2013


The two Curlew Sands were still present on the saltwater pool amongst 750 Dunlin, 1000 Knot, 25 Blackwits, 2 Common Sands and 4 Turnstone.

Common Sandpiper Seaforth NR 29th July 2013


The second sighting of the month of a Juv Common Gull, may have been the same bird seen on Sat 27th.


A few Swifts started to feed over the pool with House Martins, 12 and 8 respectively.

Eclipse male Shoveler Seaforth NR 29th july 2013

 

 

Curlew Sands 28th july

Posted on July 29, 2013 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)

The growing numbers of Dunlin, have already done the business, by dragging in 2 adult summer moulting into winter Curlew Sandpipers, there have been good numbers being reported coming in on the east coast, and they've finally filtered over to our side.

Ads-w Curlew Sandpiper Seaforth NR 28th July 2013

2 Curlew Sands with Dunlin record shot Seaforth NR 28th July 2013

Ads-w Curlew Sandpiper Seaforth NR 28th July 2013


Two Ringed Plovers were also amongst the big flock, which was still 1000-1100+ of Dunlin, 1000+ Knot, 23 Blackwit, 100 Barwit, 7 Turnstone, 4 Common Sands and 1 Snipe.

Snipe Seaforth NR 28th July 2013


The Med Gull numbers are still going strong with 3 Juv + 2ndw and 4 Adults moulting into winter, an ad Kittiwake did the usual drop in and bathe.


The first Wheatear of the autumn was on the perimeter fence, a female, and a Sand Martin and a few Swifts headed south after a heavy rain storm.



Big increase in Dunlin 27th July

Posted on July 29, 2013 at 6:55 AM Comments comments (0)

The wader numbers have been growing slowly over the last few days, but today on the salt water pool mud, an impressive 1100 Dunlin were scattered about, mostly distant wobbly objects in the heat haze, and 99% ads birds, an increase of 400 overnight.


Also on the mud were 1000+ Knot, 300+ Redshank, 180 Barwits and 25 Blackwits, 7 Turnstone, with 5 juv Common Sands on either here or the fresh water pool edge.


The first juv Common Gull of the autumn arrived mid morning, with 3 Juv + 3 ad Med Gulls showing well again and an adult summer Little Gull dropped in for a bathe.

Juv Med Gull Seaforth NR 27th July 2013

Ads Little Gull Seaforth NR 27th July 2013

Ads Little Gull Seaforth NR 27th July 2013


A single 1sts Arctic Tern was amongst the common Terns and 7ad + 1 juv Sandwich Terns.


Good numbers of butterflies are on the wing which is good news, as we have lost a good area for butterflies with the large warehouse going up, the fear was losing certain species, but there is still plenty of habitat and they seem to be back in healthy numbers.


A Brown Hawker was patrolling the reedbed area, the only dragonfly species seen for some time.

Scottish Sandwich Terns 26th July

Posted on July 28, 2013 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)

The building numbers of terns, always gets you wandering where have they come from, with Common Terns, they can be birds ringed at Shotton on the Dee, but some interesting returns have come from the midlands and east coast, the Sandwich Terns have always been a guess as to where they are coming from, but a white darvic ringed bird, EBZ,  was reported back as being ringed on the Ythan Estuary in NE Scotland, caught as an adult in 2010 it hadn't been seen for two years until today.

Sandwich Tern EBZ from NE Scotland Seaforth NR 26th July 2013


There were 7 juvs and 19 Ad Sandwich Terns, all from Scotland moving south?, 1 1sts Arctic Tern and a very young juv Common Tern that might have been a bird that had come from a rock nesting pair next to the big granite block.


Just one juv and 1 ad Med Gull today, but growing numbers of adult Common Gulls should mean a juv can't be far off.

Juv Herring Gull Seaforth NR 26th July 2013


The wader numbers are still growing, with 700 Dunlin, 180 Barwit, 23 Blackwit, 1000 Knot, 180 Lapwing, 7 Turnstone and 1 Common Sand.

Male Pochard Seaforth NR 26th July 2013


A single Swallow flew south, but no other migrants.


Six-spot Burnet Moths Seaforth NR 26th July 2013

Hawker Sea Fury T20 flying over Seaforth NR 26th July 2013

Lynx 642 from Yeovilton Royal Navy flying over seaforth NR 26th July 2013


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