Sunday, 19 July 2009

The Right Wind Direction, But the Wrong Strength!

You would be forgiven for thinking that I constantly complain about the weather never being right, and I suppose I would have to accept that you would be justified in this! This morning at Rossall Point the wind was westerly (perfect) but only about force 2-3 (not perfect). In fact I thought that it would probably have just about been light enough to go ringing. Anyway I was at Rossall and had to make the most of it.

The tide was at a lower state when I arrived and there were a few waders about including 143 Oystercatchers, 9 Curlews and 12 Sanderlings. Seabird passage was very light both in terms of species and numbers and I found myself counting and looking through the Herring Gulls on the beach! What was happening to me?! Anyway there were 316 Herring Gulls and amongst them were 5 Black-heads, 7 Lessers and a Common Gull.

Bobbing up and down just beyond the surf was a single Atlantic Grey Seal and seabirds? well, I had 4 Gannets, 22 Common Scoters and 2 Sandwich Terns. Walking back to the car through the dunes I had 2 Stonechats and a single Whitethroat.

I then called at Fleetwood Marsh Nature Park and as it was quite early it was locked up, which was great because I have a key to gain access for ringing. So I could drive and lock the gate behind me and have the place to myself. I had a look on the 'tyre' pool and had 2 fully grown Fox cubs playing with each other. I watched them for about 10 minutes before they disappeared into the reeds. The pictures below are awful quality, but it gives you an idea of what I saw.

I daren't show you any more pictures ! The break down of species and numbers on and around the pools was very similar to yesterday and included 10 Goldfinch, Song Thrush, 5 Lapwings, 47 Coots, 4 Little Grebes, 30 Mallards, 7 Tufted Ducks and 3 Skylarks.


cliff said...

I'm loving the fox photos Seamus! I've been getting quite dissallousioned with Fleetwood Marsh Dog Walking Park lately, but may give it another go in search of the foxes. For those of us without a key - what time does the gate get unlocked?


Cliff Raby

Fleetwood Birder said...

I think the gate is unlocked at about 7.30 a.m., but sometimes it can be earlier. I was there on Thursday evening checking for a Swallow roost and I had 1 Fox cross the road at about 9.00 p.m. Cheers, Seumus