Thursday, 2 April 2015

Slow going in decent conditions

Heysham Obs
The best sighting received today was at 0028hrs - an email indicating one of our Grey Wagtails was at Melrose sewage works (c210km NNE) on 25th March.  More details needed to see exactly which bird (i.e. which way round the rings were).  Thanks to David and hope to hear back from you soon and we'll get it individualised

Offshore 0830-0900
Pretty dead other than:
Carrion Crow - a straggling line of 17 heading across the bay

Vis mig - interrupted as travelling between sites
Meadow Pipit - 75
alba Wagtail - 14 (all along coast)
Carrion crow - see above

Middleton NR
Cetti's Warbler - singing from usual spot along the bank on north side of western marsh reedbed (near sewage works)
Shelduck - pair model boat pond

In the calmer weather, most of the large gulls 'replaced' by Common and Black-headed:
Common Gull - 225
Black-headed Gull - 75
large gulls - 60
Little Egret - 1

Not a lot
Goldcrest - one ringed
Chiffchaff - one at red nab probably a migrant

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

First Gannet and Greylags

Heysham Obs

Offshore one hour early am
Kittiwake - 16+3+3+2 out
Common Scoter - one out
Gannet - 2CY in
No small passerine vis

Model Boat Pond
Greylag - 2

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Bit too north-westerly

Heysham Obs
Strong winds today but not very productive ones other than a couple of flocks earlyish morning

Offshore various times
Little Gull - at least six in a gang lifting up then dropping down on the water - all adults (c0840)
Kittiwake - flock of 21 'in' whilst watching the above
Absolute zero else of interest despite regular grillings of the large gulls soaring around the power station/on outfalls

1 Common Quaker

Monday, 30 March 2015

Kittiwakes and Tufted Ducks

Heysham Obs
Influx of both today in completely different fashions - the Kittiwakes on early morning seawatching and the Tufted Ducks doubling the recent Middleton counts

Sea early morning
Kittiwake - flock of 55+3+1
Common Scoter - 1
Med Gull - 2CY on end of Heysham one outfall lunchtime - spent most of time on water
Large Gulls - 120+ outfalls and harbour area
other bits to be added

Middleton NR
Cetti's Warbler - gave two burst of song just before 1000hrs along bank next to reedbed western marsh
Little Grebe - one on no swimming pond
Tufted Duck - 17
Gadwall - 4
Water Rail - one screaming
Teal - 2

Goldcrest - one Middleton , 2 Heysham NR

Ocean Edge
Ringed plover - 5
Wheatear -1

3 Common Quaker

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Cetti's singing in the rain

Heysham Obs
.................but not a lot else this morning other than a Rock Pipit by the 'slipway' on Ocean Edge and a couple of Red-throats offshore

Red-throated Diver - 2 'in'

Ocean Edge
Rock Pipit - one by slipway - flew towards saltmarsh
Pied Wagtail - 10 grounded OE foreshore
Meadow Pipit - 4 as above

Cetti's Warbler - 4 bursts of song in about 5 minutes 0840ish edge of main reedbed western marsh
Tufted Duck - 7 model boat pond
Gadwall - 2 model boat pond
Shelduck - singleton briefly model boat pond
Mute Swan - 6 imm as above

Common Quaker (7), Hebrew Character (1)

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Ocean Edge foreshore coverage

Heysham Obs
A Reed Warbler 1CY ringed at Middleton at the end of July was caught by a ringer at Setubal. Portugal, in mid-October, perhaps rather later than might be expected to still be in Iberia.  A Greenfinch ringed in late autumn was found dead a few days later at Arnside, a rather odd direction

OE salt marsh (thanks Malcolm)
3 snipe
1 rock pipit (same location as
2 wheatear

At least 200 large gulls hanging about in the updraughts above the outfalls but nothing unusual in the area

Friday, 27 March 2015

A decent selection but minimal migration

Heysham Obs
The best bird today was the continuing presence of our singing male Cetti's Warbler on Middleton where it was quite vocal early on, then shut up after 0900hrs.  Also on Middleton, a vocal Water Rail in the main reed-bed was welcome, a trilling Little Grebe on the fence pond even more so,  but half a dozen pheasants did not bode well for the forthcoming mist netting season.

Vis mig
Meadow Pipit - 30 per hour first half of morning dropping to 15 per hour
Redpoll - at least 5
alba Wagtail - 15
Reed Bunting - 1
Carrion Crow - 3 north

Middleton NR  (Malcolm/Pete/Justine)
Water Rail - one squealing
Mute Swan - 2 pr + 6 2CY
4 coot
4 moorhen
5 mallard
10 tufted
7 gadwall
2 teal
1 little grebe on fence pond 
1 lapwing on peninsula  
6 pheasant
1 male Cetti's Warbler  (heard only)
1 chiffchaff
3 meadow pipit (1 parachuting)
1 reed bunting
1 small tortoiseshell
Ocean Edge   
1 rock pipit
4 meadow pipit
1 wheatear
Red Nab  
1 little egret
Red Nab bushes  
2 goldcrest
2 long tailed tit
1 bullfinch (m)
60+ turnstone on rocky foreshore in front of south wall roundhead.