The observatory was set up in 1980. It involves ringing,'vis mig' counts (including seabirds) and general monitoring in the Heysham Nature reserve/power stations/harbour area. The statutory moth trap is in place and also a daily log for butterflies, dragonflies etc.
We share an office, kindly provided by EDF Energy, with the County Wildlife Trust. This is located next to the Nature Reserve car park. Do call in. Please leave sightings in the letterbox, ESPECIALLY 'fly-by' seabirds.
A quietish day so we'll make up for this by another sparrow pic from Emma taken during the processing:
........It didnt 'drop' anything first thing!
North Harbour Wall
Black Tern - two lingering Heysham outfalls morning at least
Arctic Tern - some early morning movement with 106 'in', otherwise up to 50 on the outfalls
Whimbrel 7 in,
Greylag 4 in
Common Scoter 10 in
Swallow - just 73 in 3 hours & no other passerines/hirundines/swift on the move during the early morning.
Common Tern - at least three blogging
Sandwich Tern - at least 18 blogging
The high tide period
There was no known seawatching over the high tide but JBP was manned during this period:
Arctic Skua - 2 dark morph overland via Jack Scout late afternoon
Otherwise just 50 or so Arctic Tern, 5 Black Tern and a single Kittiwake
Black Guillemot - usual routine, perhaps spending slightly more time than expected off the nhw, as opposed to in the harbour mouth
Purple Sandpiper - single with c130 Turnstone on the wooden jetty
3 Bar-tailed Godwit
Black Kite - one of unknown origin seen at 0900 and 1015 in the Quernmore valley/Littledale area, presumably the bird over Lancaster late evening of 7th
Wood Warbler - singing male audible this evening, over the other side of the river on the dangerously steep slopes of Winder Wood south, from the Haylot gate at the start of the 5-gate road, upper Roeburndale
Black Tern - maxima at various sites: Heysham (2), Pine Lake (4), JBP (5), Leighton Moss (10) [Pine Lake and 4/5 JBP birds probably the same].
Curlew Sandpiper - one with RP & Dunlin, Halforth, upper Kent.
Short-eared Owl - one Jubilee Tower early afternoon
Cuckoo - Heard/seen at: Jubilee Tower, upper Tarnbrook (there since Monday), Birkbank, upper Roeburndale. Obviously a belated arrival