Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Guillemot and rush veneer

Heysham obs
An adult guillemot by the waterfall was most unexpected

Outfalls saw at least 10 Meds and 1k bh gulls

Moths included rush veneer, bordered beauty

Monday, 25 July 2016

Even more seagulls

Heysham Obs

Outfalls area
Med Gull - at least 16 including one juv
Little Gull - adult
Kittiwake - 2CY
Whimbrel - 1

Moths
Dun-bar new for year

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Loads of seagulls

Heysham obs
Decent numbers of gulls on outfalls again including a runt black-headed gull.

Outfalls
Med gull- one juv, three 2cy, three 3cy but only three adults
Little gull - ad seen briefly
Kittiwake - ad
Whimbrel - 4

Reed bunting by office unusual at this time of year

Saturday, 23 July 2016

The outfalls are a frothing

Heysham Obs
Perhaps up to 1000 small gulls at one stage until a mysterious spook sent half of them heading for the Lune

Outfalls/Red Nab
Med Gull - at least 15 Ad/3CY (R13E plus another darvic, prob German Axxx), 3 2CY (no juv seen)
Little Gull - ad summer
Sandwich Tern - ad
Kittiwake - 2CY

Middleton NR
Not sure of full details, but catch of 50 ish included a young Grasshopper Warbler and a good range of common warblers but Sedge Warbler a little below par

Moths
Decentish catch included two P. inopiana at this favoured site.  Garden Carpet quite unusual!

Friday, 22 July 2016

Belatedly quick round of the basics

Heysham Obs
Other than ringing, which wasn't possible unfortunately - loads of birds now next to the office now the feeding regime has been resumed, only time for the absolute basics of quick incoming tide scan of the outfalls/red nab, the moths.......and topping up the feeders!  PLEASE can someone else do this tomorrow?

Outfalls 11ish - a little too late
LOADS of gulls again - could easily have missed something as they were streaming off to the high tide roost during the observation.

Med Gull - at least 10 x ad/3CY, 1 x 2CY
Sandwich Tern - ad
Little Gull - at last saw ?the  Ad summer (but not the recent 2CY)
Whimbrel - at least 4

Moths
Far too late a check and obviously a really good night with still 150 odd in the trap of 45 species.  Included Small Dusty Wave, Dingy Shears and the footman ratio of 13 Dingy to one Common!  Very few micros left.

Thanks for the decent pics after my SDW record shot, Janet






Thursday, 21 July 2016

Garden warbler

Heysham Obs
A short mist netting session by the office was unusually quiet, but it doesn't help if the feeders have been empty for two days!  The absence of Common Whitethroat was particularly noticeable - the locals seem to have moved on with no migratory replacements

Garden Warbler was notable so early in the autumn - don't breed in this area, otherwise just a couple of Willow Warbler and a Robin ringed

Moths
After none in SD45 until two days ago (Middleton actinic), another Epinotia bilunana turned up in Heysham toilet trap this morning!

Updates for yesterday and today pic-wise definitely tomorrow - sorry Janet.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

First juv Med

Heysham Obs
Will sort the posting out tomorrow - also a Sandwich tern