Sedge warbler arrives

An overcast morning with hardly any breeze, what little there was started from the east then swung round to west. Sunny spells from lunchtime onwards.

Middleton Nature Reserve 
Ringing report from Jean:

It was fairly quiet this morning at Middleton NR - like the weather.


Vis consisted of 9 Meadow Pipits, 9 Lesser Redpolls and 4 Woodpigeons (the latter heading high SSE for some reason).


Ringing from 0730-1130 comprised a few migrants and some residents:

Lesser Redpoll 6 

Blackcap 2

Willow Warbler 2

Greenfinch 4 new birds and one retrap which had been ringed at Heysham NR as a juvenile on 8 Sept 2019

Goldfinch 1

Bullfinch 1

Cetti's Warbler - a retrap first ringed at Middleton NR as a juv on 1 July last year, and also caught in September.


Janet took some nice shots:
Female Roe deer, one of two seen

There were at least 4 male Pheasant calling - this is one of them

Three of the Gadwall, gadabouting.

The Canada geese seem determined to stay

An early evening check located:
Mute 11 on main pond plus two breeding pairs
Canada goose 2
Teal 4
Gadwall 5
Tufted 1 male
Mallard 4
Cetti's warbler Central marsh and Western scrape males singing
Sedge warbler, just a couple of bursts of song from western scrape 17:10 (first record of the year)
Willow warbler, Chiffchaff and Blackcap singing all around the reserve.
Reed Bunting 1