Ringed Rock Pipit returns for duty

The NE breeze continues, mainly overcast and light showers till mid morning then dry with some short sunny spells.

Middleton Nature Reserve 
First, I missed Pete's summary of yesterday morning's ringing session on Middleton Nature Reserve.


3 Grey Wagtail (out of four over), 

5 Blackcap, 

2 Chiffchaff 

1 Garden warbler, 

3 LOng Tailed Tit

1 Meadow Pipit 

Single figure swallow and meadow pipit over

Green woodpecker again early on 

This is today's ringing and vis report from Jean:

Early morning drizzle stifled any vis but once it cleared there was a small movement of Swallows and a steady trickle of Meadow Pipits. Warblers took time to arrive, with the first one just before 10am. 

Ringing today:

Meadow Pipit 11

Robin 5 (comment from Pete - The main migrant today was subtle - there were Robins all along  the coastal strip and we even caught 5 in two nets at Middleton without tapes)

Willow Warbler 1

Chiffchaff 1

Blackcap 1

Cetti’s Warbler 1

Great Tit 1

Wren 1 retrap.

Grounded migrants:

Whitethroat 1

Reed Bunting 2


Meadow Pipit - given the number ringed, 50 probably went over.

Grey Wagtail - 5

Pied Wagtail - 1

Swallow - 12

Linnet - 2

South shore low water this morning (MD)
Wheatear 4 on foreshore 
Rock Pipit 5 - 2 on Red Nab, plus the ringed male was back on territory near the lighthouse and chased off two other birds. It was also inspecting previous and potential nest holes and displaying.
This was the only angle I could manage to show the ring on the right leg
Still, it's not often you see a picture of a Rock Pipit's back

This shot of it displaying isn't much better 
I'd wondered where it had been, Pete advised that it would have been quietly moulting somewhere.

There were two Robin and at least one "warbler" (likely Willow warbler) calling from the scrub near the lighthouse. A Chiffchaff was singing from the scrub behind Red Nab.

The outflows seemed to be at full capacity after a long break, the gulls were also interested in the waterfall again. Nothing of note today. Several young gulls had already tried and rejected this piece of apple peel. This young Herring gull was the last in the pecking order.