Thursday, 6 May 2010

Better by recent standards!

Heysham Obs
North harbour wall 0.25hrs early morning & 0930-1030
Arctic Tern - 6+36 NE
Arctic Skua - pale morph blogging - quite distant c1000hrs
Sandwich Tern - 29 in
Swallow - 47 in
House Martin - 2 in
Meadow Pipit - 1 in
Swift - 2 in

North harbour wall 1540-1600
Dark-bellied Brent Goose - one seemingly "forced off" Red Nab by the tide headed diagonally across the bay to the north, therefore always rather distant in unimpressive afternoon light & Brant/hybrid not ruled out (obvious 'necklace')
Swallow - 39NE, mostly along the seawall & some probably missed

Heysham Nature Reserve
Willow Warbler - three trapped and two others 'bounced' out of the net before the wind got up at c0730hrs
Whitethroat - one ringed, at least two other migrants seen
Wheatear - one on adjoining non-operational land

Ocean Edge
Wheatear - 2
Whimbrel - 3 on foreshore

The charismatic Brown Silver Line made its first appearance

Arrangements have been made to view a distant and elusive singing male Savi's Warbler near Leighton Moss.  Directions from Leighton Moss.  This is a 'test case' for this new site (warden's words) and any problems, such as a photographer tape luring so they can sell their 'exclusive' pics, will lead to any future records from here being suppressed.   Not seen/heard 1500-1900hrs.