An odd day!

02/10/2019 0 By wildfeed

This was a strange day.  It was open house as to what might happen in crystal clear cold northerlies although Pinkfooted Goose movements above and Goldcrest below seemed predictable.  However was expecting a reasonable amount of small passerine vis but it didn’t really happen, unexpectedly so in the case of Meadow Pipit

Vis middleton NR dawn-1100
Meadow Pipit – SIX SE!
Chaffinch – c10 SE
Alba Wagtail – 4 SE
Grey Wagtail – c8 SE
Carrion Crow – 10 S
Song Thrush – 2 plus 1 E
Reed Bunting – c7 S
Pink footed Goose – c420 S
Goose sp – flock south heard not seen could have been distant Barnacle on call
Skylark – c7 S
Long tailed Tit – irruptive flocks of 11 and c9
Goldfinch – c5 S

Grounded
Willow Warbler – one heard
Garden Warbler – lingerer with F3 ringed
Chiffchaff – just four ringed
Blackcap – just the one ringed
Goldcrest – no more than 10-15

Middleton Nature Reserve – mid afternoon (MD)
Although not hot, the bright sunshine today allowed plenty of insect activity.
Dragonflies:
Black Darter – one, possibly two mature females along west bank of main pond (these pics are same insect)

Common Darter  33
Brown Hawker 1
Migrant Hawker 9 – including female ovipositoring

Butterflies:
Red Admiral 1
Comma 1
Painted Lady 1
Speckled Wood 1

Little Grebe – at least 2
Cetti’s warbler – male singing from central marsh

This Grey Wagtail in Heysham garden was ringed on Middleton Nature Reserve 19/09/19,

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