Friday, 27 February 2015

Eider slowly increase

Heysham Obs

North wall low tide check
Red-throated Diver - 1
Eider - 320
Finches - flock of 40 in flight by the seed
Skylark - 1 north

Middleton NR
No Teal or Coot
Displaying pair of Kestrel
Mute Swan - 2+6
Moorhen - 4
Mallard - 4
Pochard - 2 males
Gadwall - 5 (3 M)
Tufted Duck - 16
Long-tailed Tit - flock of 10 feeding on reed mace heads

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Awayday

Heysham Obs
The Czech-ringed adult Med Gull was reported today

The only other thing worth saying is that there was a March Moth in the trap - a first for the year the night before last!

Time to see the Laughing Gull at last!

Eider fest on Wedesday

Heysham Obs
Sorry this is late - thought this had been posted

North wall
Eider - 295
Twite - at least 9/30 finches
Meadow Pipit - 3 seemed to be new in on the mound area

Reserve
Green Woodpecker this am

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Gorse flowers on the menu

Heysham Obs
The usual heliport roost activities - lady with dog encouraging it to chase Oystercatchers and a photographer wanting flight shots contrasted with the most unusual sight of a Roe Deer buck chewing gorse flowers on Middleton

North wall
Med Gull - Czech bird still
Twite - 4 (plus 3 Linnet and 2 Goldfinch)

Middleton NR
Gulls - just 64 large and 149 Black-headed today
Pochard - 3 males
Gadwall - 2
Snipe - 1
Tufted Duck - 12
Gadwall - 2
Mallard - 8
Moorhen - 4

Monday, 23 February 2015

Gulls and chips

Heysham Obs
Don't know whether the rubbish tip charges for excess cooked chips, but bucketfuls of the fatty remains of the previous evenings calorie-fest appeared from the back of a van and were deposited in the general direction of the Mute Swans on the model boat pond.  The episode was hijacked by hordes of gulls and if, this is repeated, this could be promising.  196 Herring/LBBG, 310 Black-headed with at least 4 Common Gulls with some undoubtedly missed still swirling around in the air.  Quite commendable as many other places would simply reheat the chips for today's fare

North harbour wall
Finches - 27 - amazingly 9 Twite (5+ unringed), 9 Linnet and 9 Goldfinch
Med Gull - Czech-ringed bird nearly in full summer plumage - only a week or so to go before departure

Model boat pond
See above
Pochard - 3 males
Tufted Duck - c7
Mallard -  5

22nd February

Heysham Obs
A horrible wet day saw 4000 Oystercatchers at the heliport, 3 male Pochard on the model boat pond

Saturday, 21 February 2015

The cod army and two coot

Heysham Obs
The lack of small-fish-eating birds (e.g. Guillemot) this winter appears to down to a large, late and prolonged influx of cod - hence all the anglers - which have hoovered up all the small fish.  Don't tell the Arctic terns as they plan the spring migration


Ocean Edge flushed off saltmarsh by spring tide
Snipe - 9
Jack Snipe - 2
Reed Bunting - 1


Middleton NR wetlands
Coot - 1OY? 2
Pochard - 3 male
Tufted Duck - 26
Mallard - 6
Gadwall - 5
Teal - 2
Moorhen - 1
Mute Swan - 2 + 6 .


Waders
Ringed Plover - 11 Ocean Edge, 28 Heliport area
Dunlin - 17 heliport
Redshank - 210 heliport
Oystercatcher - 3850 heliport


Thanks to Malcolm for most of todays info