A very cold start (see John's report) but the sun quickly warmed things up. It became more overcast by lunchtime with just sunny spells after that.
Middleton Nature Reserve
Ringing report by John:
Very cold frosty start this morning, with my car thermometer showing just below freezing, when I arrived at 5.45am
Few birds about and the sun was on the nets early, making ringing conditions difficult.
Nets taken down by 10am and only eight birds caught
New were two blackcaps, two lesser whitethroats and a willow warbler.
Re-trapped birds were a wren, sedge warbler and another lesser whitethroat.
LDBWS open event day 1
Report by Jean:
Let’s see if tomorrow’s watchers manage to do better……You know the target to beat!
|Some of today's party on Heysham Head|
Everyone welcome tomorrow - see yesterday's post for details.
Janet had a quick look on Middleton earlier and had one species perhaps not seen later:
Common snipe 1
|Sedge warbler singing|
|The Mallard chicks ar becoming a star attraction on the main pond|
At least 10 of the original 11 today
Heysham Skear - low water 09:40
Red-breasted Merganser by low water there were 10. Eight of them on the north side of the skear.
Little Egret 7
The seed mussels are starting to form, the next few weeks will be significant in how the skear will develop this year. This area will be interesting, it is the northern end of the middle skear just before the first channel. Last year the honeycomb worm colonised this area, smothering the mussels,. But over winter some of the dead mussels have become exposed again, and it is on these that the seed mussels are anchoring
|The darker patches are the newly forming seed mussels|
|I removed one of the dead mussels, a bit like pulling a tooth out!|
You can see the seed mussels attached to what was the exposed section.
I firmly replaced this one.
|This is a close up of the surface, most of the seed muscles are on the old muscsels,|
Seed mussels grow quickly and if conditions support them they could regain this patch.
I'll keep you posted (MD)