New ringed meds narrowly avoid being read!

It was dead calm early on, a light north breeze picked up by mid morning. Mainly overcast, but dry.

Shaun had a look around the south side this morning:
Mediterranean gulls 11 - 9 winter plumage adult plus two 1st winter, on beach near the wooden jetty. Later Pete and Jean checked the high water roost, numbers were similar but with the addition of a 2nd winter bird, a red and a white darvic ringed birds (both new)  just escaped being read, hopefully they will hang around.
Rock Pipit 5
Wheatear 10
Little Egret 11
Swallow 45 in lose group heading south over Middleton Nature Reserve.

Heysham skear low water 10:15
The light was strange, great visibility but the low cloud was hanging like a blanket over everything.
Low cloud hanging over the bay in the still air

Great Crested Grebe 13
Red-breasted Merganser 4 ( looked like a female with three immature)
Eider 53  - 46 were a distance out mainly female/immature, but some males coming out of eclipse with them. Inshore there were 7 males, either moulting out of eclipse or into first summer plumage (MD). This is one of them. I like this clip as you can here St Peter's church bells in the background.