Friday, 19 August 2011


Heysham Obs
Despite a strongish NW wind at height (e.g. Caton Moor turbines), there was a pocket of calm air covering the lowland sites until rather later in the morning than forecasted (c0900hrs).   Middleton was covered with a few mist nets by Alan, but a bit of vis migging and early morning stuff at Heysham NR might have paid dividends

Middleton NR
Garden Warbler - one ringed - always a sign of 'some' movement here
The remainder of the catch included Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler and both Whitethroat species, but Sedge Warbler limited to just one new bird

Outfalls/Red Nab late afternoon tide
Redshank - c480
Turnstone - 53
Med Gull - 3CY (legs not visible) & 1CY
Little Gull - ad
Sandwich Tern - 3 ads
Oystercatcher - 3,200

Another tedious catch, mainly counting Flounced Rustic and separating worn Six-striped Rustic from less-worn Square-spot Rustic.  6 Willow Beauty graced the walls and there was another Agriphila geniculea