Monday, 12 October 2015

Coverage limited to vis and mist netting

Heysham Obs
The number of Chiffchaff dropped by the weak weather front suggested another YBW may have been missed this morning, but there was no one to do any fieldwork away from the two mist net operations.  Bits and bobs of interest but no numbers of anything.  Main feature was the first significant grounding of Song Thrush (for a west coast site!!) and a late Garden Warbler was the pick of the grounded stuff with a single southbound Golden Plover the best of the vis.

Vis by the office
Long-tailed Tit - 18 S
Coal Tit - 14 S in small flocks
Chaffinch - just 6 - where are they?
alba Wagtail - 15 SE
Golden Plover - 1 S
Mistle Thrush - 3 SW
Song Thrush - 22 grounded around the office all taking off and heading inland after the cloud lifted
Blackbird - 14 as above
Meadow Pipit - just 9 SE
Lesser Redpoll - 4 SE
Jay - 2 S
Redwing - flock of 5 W
Grey Wagtail - 1 SE late am - possibly blogger
Goldfinch - at least 3 migrants
NO Skylark!

Ringing at Middleton and Heysham
Reed Bunting (6), Chiffchaff (9), Garden Warbler (1), Wren (1), Bullfinch (1), Chaffinch (1), Song Thrush (1), Blackcap (3), Goldcrest (3), Robin (2), Meadow Pipit (4), Lesser Redpoll (3 plus control D519978), Coal Tit (3)

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Two more Yellow-browed Warbler and late morning Skylarks

Heysham Obs
This was in the office mist nets at the same time another bird was calling near the alder woodland.  Both appeared just as the easterly wind was kicking in after a surprisingly calm first two hours of daylight

There was just enough happening during the morning to keep the interest level with small flurries of vis mig with a variety of species

Vis mig dawn onwards
House Martin - 1
Swallow - 16 (two lots)
Skylark - 84
Linnet - 3
Grey Wagtail - 1
Jackdaw - flock of 5
Woodpigeon - flock of 5
Mistle Thrush - 2 - one exiting bushes soon after dawn - unusual here
Starling - one exiting bushes soon after dawn - very unusual here then flock of 20 arriving from the east (plus usual ex-wooden jetty roost birds)
Song Thrush - only two exiting bushes heading inland after dawn (no Redwing)
Chaffinch - very few  just 17 S
alba Wagtail - 15 S
Goldfinch - 18 S
Meadow Pipit - 24 SE
Carrion Crow - 3 S
Dunnock - one ex-bushes then high to south
Pink-footed Goose - two flocks heard to the west
Jay - 1+2 S
Coal Tit - 1+2+7 S and at least two bloggers around the site
unidentified passerine - unfortunately calling rather distantly to the east but most likely southbound Yellowhammer - obviously not being counted
Little Egret - 1 S

Grounded Heysham NR
Yellow-browed Warbler - 2
Chiffchaff - one in addition to the ringing total
Goldcrest - the ONLY two heard/seen were the ringed ones
no migrant Robin this morning
Blackcap - none in addition to the ringing (3 reserve, two Middleton)
Wheatear - two Red Nab area

Wigeon - 27
Little Egret - 3 Red Nab
Large flock of mixed Linnet, Goldfinch and Greenfinch Ocean Edge

Ringing (new birds)
Blackcap (5), Blackbird (1), Blue Tit (3), Chiffchaff (4), Dunnock (1), Wren (2), Great Tit (2), Treecreeper (1), Yellow-browed Warbler (1), Goldcrest (3), Lesser Redpoll (2), Meadow Pipit (3), Bullfinch (1), Reed Bunting (1), Long-tailed Tit (1)

Saturday, 10 October 2015

Stratospheric Hooded Crow

Heysham Obs
For the second time in the last three years, a high-flying as far as could be seen pure Hooded Crow flew over - this time due south.   It was the turn of other places for Yellow-browed Warbler this am with Sunderland and Heysham both 'blanking' although there was no search at Heysham NR beyond the office mist netting area.  An interesting contrast between Middleton and Heysham with 11 newly arrived Blackcap at Middleton and not one seen or heard at Heysham

Vis mig Heysham NR (Mainly corvids and geese)
Pink-footed Goose - 97 NE, 65+43 S
Carrion Crow - 3+4+12 south
Jackdaw - 19+3 S
Hooded Crow - one south and higher than the other corvids 0844
Grey Wagtail - 1 SE
Chaffinch - only c10 south
alba Wagtail - just 10 SE
Goldfinch - c10 S
Meadow Pipit - only 9 SE
Collared Dove - 2 S
Grey Heron - 1+1 SE
Bullfinch - 1 S
Little Egret - 1 S
Redpoll - just one south! [but 13 ringed Middleton]

Nothing to add to ringing totals - no thrushes this morning

Ringing Heysham & Middleton combined
Dunnock (2), Lesser Redpoll (13), Blackcap (11), Chiffchaff (7), Meadow Pipit (6), Blue Tit (3), Grey Wagtail (1), Coal Tit (1), Goldcrest (3), Wren (1), Robin (4)

A decent catch with Rusty Dot Pearl,  Caloptilia stigmatella, Feathered Ranunculus, Large Wainscot and Brick the highlights

Friday, 9 October 2015

Yellow-browed warbler double, minor Robin arrival and a Treecreeper

Heysham Obs
A vocal Yellow-browed Warbler, this time in the Heysham NR alder copse alongside the wooden section of path 0815ish, then after about 30 minutes or so flew towards NE corner where there is some decent holding habitat but also a well-used corridor down the railway line.  Then at 0940, another was caught on the tank farm side of the net next to the office (the new arrival direction) and was released in the alder wood area.

The remainder of the stuff was surprisingly unremarkable with very little between the pre-dawn rush and some further movement from mid-morning

First YBW
Typical new arrival calling continuously for about 5 minutes

Second YBW
About the 10000th internet pic from this autumn but here you have no problem seeing where the pic was taken

By popular request here is the re-posting of the sycamore tree containing a fully visible YBW taken by Alan Smith at Sunderland last week.  How long will it take you to find it?

Vis mig HNR
alba Wagtail - 29
Siskin - 5+2+h+h+h+h+h!
Chaffinch - 37
Meadow Pipit - 18
Sparrowhawk - a male high and direct to the SW
Goldfinch - at least 7 high to S
Redpoll - 3
Bullfinch - one with a high SW-bound Chaffiinch flock
Cormorant - 2 high to SE
Pink-footed Goose - heard once to west
Carrion Crow - 2 S
Jackdaw - 6 but possibly bloggers

Redwing - 7
Song Thrush - 9
Robin - lots of ticking and chasing today (see ringing total)
Treecreeper - 1
Bullfinch - two unringed birds
Blackcap - no new arrivals - two very fat new birds caught
Goldcrest - just 5-10
Chiffchaff - 6-10
Yellow-browed Warbler - 2

Ringing totals
Unremarkable with all the Robins caught at HNR:  Yellow-browed Warbler (1), Chiffchaff (6), Blackcap (2), Robin (6 - a good total for October), Wren (3), Bullfinch (2), Great Tit (1), Dunnock (1), Blue Tit (3), Goldcrest (3), Treecreeper (1), Meadow Pipit (5), Lesser Redpoll (2)

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Information not yet available

Sorry will be topped up tomorrow - highlight 4 southbound Crossbill mid-morning Heysham NR BUT the only activity was mist-netting and in situ vis mig - on the evidence in the nets, an experienced migrant passerine searcher would have had at least one reward (trickle of Chiffchaff, Goldcrest with some vis mig, including more Redpoll)

Bit of an afternoon raptor fest over Middleton NR (thanks Janet)

Feathered Ranunculus was new for the year in the moth trap

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Ring Ouzel tops the bill

Heysham Obs
A morning off checking moth traps and Kevin Kelly fortunately did a bit of coverage and unearthed a Ring Ouzel on Middleton.  Thanks Kevin.  Couple of nice ringing recoveries

Ringed : Embley Wood, Hampshire  3F   25/10/14
Caught:  Heysham NR  16/9/15   354km (NNW/SSE)

Actually aged it correctly - presumably on its way back south!

Ringed: Runcorn, Halton Cheshire 30/8/15
Caught:  Heysham NR  13/9/15     78km N

Reverse migration!!

Middleton/Heysham area
Chiffchaff - 4
Goldcrest - c12
Ring Ouzel - 1
Redwing - 2

Silver Y in evidence after a blank yesterday

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Redwing arrive

The first Redwing of the season arrived today in the Heysham area.

Vis over Heysham NR
Bullfinch 4
Kestrel 1

Vis over Middleton NR 0700-1100
Gentle breeze S3, 7/8 cloud clearing after early morning rain, very mild 16C
Mistle Thrush - 15 in one flock SE
Redwing - 7 (2 with the Mistle Thrushes, then 5 late morning)
Song Thrush - 1 E
Lesser Redpoll - 7 SE
Grey Wagtail - 2 (1 trapped and ringed), plus 1 hanging about the sewage farm
alba wagtail -5
Chaffinch - 6 SE
Jackdaw - 2 S
Jay - 3 E
Skylark - 2 SE
Goldfinch - 19 +45

Other species of note: Water Rail - 2 (one in each reedbed), Reed Bunting 2, Goldcrest 1.