Sunday, 24 February 2008

As you were.........

Heysham Obs
Migration: we have already had two days of minor Stonechat movement - Portland had their first major passage of this species today (see Links)

Purple Sandpiper - at least one in wooden jetty high tide roost
Med Gull - Ad & 2nd W patrolling the NHW - the latter seems to have got rid of the fishing line & is coming into summer head plumage.
Knot - another colour-ringed bird read on the heliport today - the fourth this week
Little Gull - 1st W Heysham 2 outfall - the only bird on it at high tide!
Twite - 6 Red Nab area

The Chough left the Warton Crag roost at 0733, perched nearby and flew silently SSW at 0758. Note the droppings indicate that this roost site has been used for several nights. Site = NE side of the quarry face about half-way up at the top of a crevice. Returned at 1703 hrs (later arrival than yesterday in a much more 'open' late afternoon) and gave good views on the rock face before returning to the crevice after 3-4 minutes.
Pale-bellied Brent Goose Sunny Slopes groyne at high tide. Water Pipit reported at Conder Pool (& at least 2 Scaup). 6 Crossbill Dunsop Valley