Monday, 11 October 2010


The Safari didn’t get much on alternative Patch 1 this morning. We were going to try the proper Patch 1 but the heavy dew would have meant Frank’s undercarriage got soaking wet so AP1 it had to be. As expected nothing of note; a minor overnight fall of Blackbirds seems to have occurred with a few heard clattering about in the front gardens and one seen flying across the main road in the light from the street lamps. A few more Robins that of recent days too and a single Redwing was heard. Last night’s visit was nothing like Saturday night, just two Redwings were heard. Speaking to the Rangers they said they hadn't noticed any increase in Blackbirds.
Over the road from work on Patch 2 the beach was more or less empty as the low tide had brought out 11 bait diggers and five Mussel pickers, just too many humans out there!
Away to the south beyond the disturbance there were two large concentrations of gulls, the first flitting excitedly over the gentle lapping surf, the other in a pool left behind by the tide. Far too far away to pick out anything unusual amongst them. A small number of Oystercatchers were working the tide line.
Out over the flat calm sea there was only a handful of Common Scoters and a couple of Cormorants this morning.
Aural migration wasn’t really worth reporting but we tell you anyway. Whilst scanning the beach and sea we heard three Meadow Pipits, two Pied Wagtails, one Grey Wagtail and one Skylark – not a lot in the twenty minutes we were there...hardly mind blowing!
Even less on the rising tide at lunchtime when the only thing of note was the blistering sunshine...long may it continue.
Only a Cormorant going over south high over Patch 1 did anything to lift the doldrums this evening.
Where to next? Here's hoping the patches pick up tomorrow.
In the meantime let us know what's heading south in your outback.


Warren Baker said...

Is this it dave, has Migration come to an end, or is it a tempoarary blip before the next batch come through???

Keep watching those skies !!

Monika said...

It definitely seems to have slowed down here too Warren!

Lancashire and Lakeland Outback Adventure Wildlife Safaris said...

Migration still going strong as ever here Warren, its just me!!!