Wasn't there once a North Sea bird club for birders working on the rigs. I seem to recall reading in Birdwatching back in the eighties about the club, and some of the bird records particularly during spring and autumn migration.
Not much difference in bird numbers on Swan pool or FML this lunchtime.
Goldeneyes still on Swan pool.
10 Herring Gulls
26 Shovelers on FML
23 Pochards on FML
More people than birds today 🤬
Cold an frosty earlier this morning.....- 4 degrees at 07.30am. Forge mill lake partly frozen.
3 Little Egrets
2 Goldeneye on Swan pool
1 Water Rail in the marsh
32 RN Parakeets from roost and around the RSPB centre.
1 Green Woodpecker
A few Redwings about.
Great White Egret on FML at 9am, just along from the hide near the viewing platform. Then flew low over the trees and looked to be heading towards the Newton meadows.
Also 25 Shovelers on FML, and 164 Coot on Swan pool.
Birdtrack (and the WMBC) also requires additional details ie description, call etc for records of Marsh Tit if seen in the West Midlands county. Considering how often the bird is recorded in the valley, and the amount of suitable habitat available across the county in general it seems a bit...
Early start Swan pool and Hill Top checking for Ring Ouzels but very quiet migration wise. Plenty of Chiffchaffs about, Redpolls, Blackcap. Only thing of note on Swan pool was the GW Egret.
Loads of Woodpigeons, particularly in the paddocks, and 26 Stock Doves on Swan pool meadow at 7am.
FML tonight up until sunset.
5 Little Egrets roosting in trees just left of the bench overlooking the island.
11 Cormorants also roosted
3 Reed Warbler
15 Parakeets in trees in front of the centre and on feeders.
4 Herring Gulls
3 Jay's around the centre.
Sounded like someone was shooting...
2 Ruddy Shelducks today - 1 in Blithe bay, the other in Tad bay. A couple of Black tailed Godwits, Green Sandpiper, Common Sand, Oystercatchers, but no other waders of note.
The disturbance today from the general public was ridiculous. People walking along the shoreline was bad enough, but a...