Friday, 3 April 2009

Extensive early morning fog and no birds

Heysham Obs
Rockish-bottom migrant-wise with a mist netting effort scoring just the one new Goldcrest, 2 new Robin, 2 new Dunnock (of unknown status), a Wren and a few Greenfinch. A migrant Reed Bunting was also trapped mid-morning. Just the one Wheatear found and the 'highlight' was a lost Canada Goose on the sea, perhaps an appropriate symbol of todays dross.

North harbour wall
Canada Goose - one calling in the fog & located sitting on the sea. First of the year.
Linnet - 32 on the seed, later 16
Twite - unringed bird on the seed, later 7 (at least 3 Heysham-ringed)
Wheatear on mound
Meadow Pipit - 2 north in 20 minutes
Purple Sandpiper - just one located under wooden jetty, but visibility poor
No sign of the Black Guillemot 0840-0900
Shelduck 3 'out' 1500 hrs

Ocean Edge foreshore
Nothing of note

TWO Great Grey Shrike 200m apart on Dalton Crag on 29th March.
Pair of Garganey Freemen's Pool. Green Sandpiper on a pond by Heaton Hall farm & another at Skerton Weir (plus early Common Sandpiper)