Tuesday, 1 September 2015

One of those mornings you need to be everywhere, especially checking the moth trap early on!!

Heysham Obs
Nice mixture of calm, a few dark clouds and a light northerly airflow for the first half of this morning.  'Bet there is a Wryneck somewhere' was the assessment - a Red-backed Shrike later materialised just to the south - but there was no way that we could cover everywhere and complete the final Middleton CES.  As I type this, rumbles of thunder to the north might liven things up again after a breezy sunny spell late morning/early afternoon

Middleton CES
There seemed to be quite a few common migrants whizzing through at a vast rate of knots, including at least four Common Whitethroat and a Wheatear.  Others migrant warblers latched themselves on to the local LTT flock
Goldcrest - 2-3
Grey Wagtail - 2 early on and one after we had packed up - SE
Swallow - c120 south, with the ex-roost birds earlier swirling up and disappearing high to south
House Martin - just one
Siskin - 5-6 registrations totally an absolute minimum of 8 birds i.e. didn't see any of them!!
Wheatear - one inland
Pied Wagtail - at least 7 SE
Reed Bunting - just one migrant - conspicuous absence of local birds
Reed Warbler - 2 ringed - no other obvious birds
Sedge Warbler - 3 ringed
WillowWarbler - 5+
Chiffchaff - 2+
Whitethroat - up to 4 rapidly passed through and one ringed
Lesser Whitethroat - one ringed
Blackcap - at least 5
Meadow Pipit - 5 SE
Goldfinch - c50 grounded
Water Rail - one in the breeding area western marsh

Moths
A NI MOTH was on the wall of the toilet trap but unfortunately tried to pot it when a pic would have been a better option and it shot out of the window.  Very good views but not a proper documentation.  This is the problem when the trap is not checked until mid-morning with the sun blazing on it

Monday, 31 August 2015

Effort at either end of the day

Heysham Obs

Office area dawn onwards
Grey Wagtail - at least 4 SE
Tree Pipit - at least one SE
Sedge Warbler - three ringed including adult
Reed Warbler - one juvenile caught
A sprinkling of other migrants including Robin

Ocean Edge foreshore/REd Nab high tide
Sanderling - 1
Dunlin - 3
Ringed Plover - 25
Swallow - 47 south in 20 minutes

Middleton pm
Swallow - c250 (58 ringed)
Sedge Warbler - at least 6
Willow Warbler - at least three
Sand Martin - 1 ringed

Moths
Nothing special but a nice selection including Bordered Beauty and 7 Treble Bar

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Little vis

Heysham Obs 0600-1230hrs

SSE2, 14C - 18C, 5/8 cloud, occasional light shower in the first hour.

Selection of birds on or over the reserve:
Starling - 600 came out of the roost
Goldcrest - 1
House Sparrow - 8 (unusual for the reserve)
Song Thrush 1 >NE
Jay - 1
Linnet - 6 >W

Vis:
Grey Wagtail - 5
Pied Wagtail - 1
House Martin - 4
Swallow - 10
Siskin - 3 lots heard but not seen
Meadow Pipit - 2

Ringing:
27 new birds (Reed Warbler -1, Sedge Warbler - 1, Whitethroat - 1, Chiffchaff - 3, Blackcap - 1, Great Tit - 2, Blue Tit 1, Greenfinch - 13, Chaffinch - 1, Wren - 1, Robin - 1, Blackbird - 1)

10 retraps (Chiffchaff - 2, Great Tit - 2, Blue Tit - 1, Greenfinch - 2, Goldfinch - 2, Wren - 1)

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Outfalls, moths and out

Heysham obs
Little gull and two adult, two 2cy and one juv Meds .  117 redshank, 2250 oystercatcher

Moths included Setaceous Hebrew character and the first treble bar of the autumn

Friday, 28 August 2015

A Gannet!

Heysham Obs

SSW F5,  4/8 cloud, occasional heavy shower. High tide: 10:53hrs 9.1m

North Harbour Wall  0845hrs
Gannet - 1 well offshore, feeding.
Wheatear - 1
Pied Wagtail - 4
Linnet - 8

Wooden jetty
Cormorant - 57
Turnstone - 72

Red Nab 0925 hrs
Mediterranean Gull - 2 ads, unringed.
Ringed Plover - 14
Oystercatcher - didn't count, but 2000+
and the usual Curlew, Redshank, Herring and Lesser Black-backed Gulls.

Ocean Edge
Linnet - flock of 70 feeding on weeds
Starling - flock of 35
Pied Wagtail - 2

Butterfly
Fresh Painted Lady on office buddleia

Moths
An otherwise poor catch held five Agriphila latistria and (unusual for here) two Gold Spot






Thursday, 27 August 2015

More high tide coverage

Heysham Obs
Moth trapping at various VC60 sites is still taking precedent over early morning migration coverage but that will be changing this weekend as the night temperatures take a dip.  In the meantime, the only Heysham activity was work, a high tide check and a rather poor moth catch

Red Nab just before high tide
As you were:
Little Gull - ad
Sandwich Tern - 2 ad, one fishing offshore
Med Gull - 4 x 2CY, 1 x juv, 4 x adult
Redshank - 110
Curlew - 62
Oystercatcher - 2550
Black-headed Gull - 485

Didn't have time to check down the tideline towards Middleton

Moths
The only one of note was a Copper Underwing

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Minibeast from the east

Heysham Obs
What started as a routine count of Red Nab from 0645 onwards changed tack slightly as a small wader flew over my head i.e. from inland and spiralled down to join five Dunlin on the remaining bit of mudflat - a juvenile Little Stint and an incentive to update the Patchwork challenge

Red Nab 0645-1045
Sandwich Tern - one adult
Little Gull - usual moulting adult
Med Gull - 4 x 2CY, 2 x 1CY, 2 x Ad
Little Stint - one juvenile as above
Gannet - two adults far offshore but not really seawatching