Friday, 27 March 2015

A decent selection but minimal migration

Heysham Obs
The best bird today was the continuing presence of our singing male Cetti's Warbler on Middleton where it was quite vocal early on, then shut up after 0900hrs.  Also on Middleton, a vocal Water Rail in the main reed-bed was welcome, a trilling Little Grebe on the fence pond even more so,  but half a dozen pheasants did not bode well for the forthcoming mist netting season.

Vis mig
Meadow Pipit - 30 per hour first half of morning dropping to 15 per hour
Redpoll - at least 5
alba Wagtail - 15
Reed Bunting - 1
Carrion Crow - 3 north

Middleton NR  (Malcolm/Pete/Justine)
Water Rail - one squealing
Mute Swan - 2 pr + 6 2CY
4 coot
4 moorhen
5 mallard
10 tufted
7 gadwall
2 teal
1 little grebe on fence pond 
1 lapwing on peninsula  
6 pheasant
1 male Cetti's Warbler  (heard only)
1 chiffchaff
3 meadow pipit (1 parachuting)
1 reed bunting
1 small tortoiseshell
Ocean Edge   
1 rock pipit
4 meadow pipit
1 wheatear
Red Nab  
1 little egret
Red Nab bushes  
2 goldcrest
2 long tailed tit
1 bullfinch (m)
60+ turnstone on rocky foreshore in front of south wall roundhead.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

More blocking weather

Heysham obs
Lots of large gulls on or around the outfalls in wind and temperature looking a decent recipe for a white-wingers rather than summer migrants.

Kittiwake - 3 plus 2

Gadwall - 7
Mute swan - 6 juv mod b pond, pair usual nest site
Tufted duck - 4 mod b pond
No song from Cetti's warbler in poor weather and little else singing, similarly no water rail calling

Early grey, common Quaker, Hebrew character

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Bullfinch mystery

Heysham obs
Bullfinches are surprisingly unpredictable here with quite a bit of perceived migration and scattering of unringed birds even in the breeding season . Today's events were however unprecedented at this time of year

Bullfinch - three unringed 2cy caught together (one male)
Wheatear - male ocean edge
No other evidence of migration reported

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Kittiwake flock

Heysham obs
Seawatch am for one hour
Kittiwake - 25 on sea
Pink footed goose - 11 north
Eider - 173 on

Comma Middleton

Monday, 23 March 2015

Whooper on the challenge list at last

Heysham Obs
First of all a correction - the type of netting which trapped yesterdays Wheatear was garden 'pea netting' type stuff - the mesh was too small for a monofilamant net and therefore part of the spoil used to create the small bund aloing the edge of the caravan site

Sea 0915-1015
Whooper Swan - 4+2 NW
Carrion crow - flock of 7 north
Thanks Janet

Pied Wagtail - 15 N
Meadow Pipit - 13 N
Common Gull - 92 on outfalls/harbour mouth

2 x Hebrew Character

Late news yesterday
Pink-footed Goose - c100+200+100 N
Whooper Swan -  32 N (flock)

Sunday, 22 March 2015

The perils of monofilament nets

Heysham Obs
Ringed a new species for the year today (Wheatear) - the circumstances were not great, but fortunately the bird was found by Malcolm, not the local mutt/carrion crow.  It was tangled up in discarded monofilament (fishing) net - 'discarded' presumably means 'net which has been set then trashed by stormy weather and left to drift'.  So these nets can be a bit of a menace for tideline foragers and a very good reason to support your local beach clean and emphasise to them that, given a choice, its best to leave a big and obvious plastic bottle than "invisible" monofilament netting

The day was highlighted by two separate north-east-bound Common Buzzard - definitely migrants - and the continuing vocal performance by the Cetti's Warbler at Middleton

Meadow Pipit - c30 north
Stonechat - female Middleton NR
Wheatear - 2 Ocean Edge
Goldcrest - at least 5 on Heysham NR and two by Gate 38
Common Buzzard - singles NE at c1110 and 1125
Cetti's Warbler - in song regularly this morning and favouring the  vegetation around the western end of the 'fence' pond and can be easily heard from the road to sewage works near the end
Reed Bunting - flock of 7 feeding on reed mace heads at Middleton
Water Rail - 3 squealing Middleton
Teal - pair model boat pond
Gadwall - 5 (3 males) model boat pond
Tufted Duck - 4 model boat pond
Mute Swan - 2 ad & 6 2CY model boat pond
Song Thrush - 2 migrants Middleton - flew inland
Redwing - singleton Middleton flew inland


Saturday, 21 March 2015

Sandwich Tern

Heysham Obs
A nice early record for here of Sandwich Tern comprising a flock of eight which flew from the Barrow direction and did a circuit before flying out

North wall and area 0800-0930 (Ian Walker)
Sandwich Tern - flock of 8 as above
Pink-footed Goose - flock of 6 NW
alba Wagtail - 60 N
Meadow Pipit - 30 N
Robin - 4 probable migrants

Middleton NR (Ian, Malcolm, Pete)
Cetti's Warbler - singing again at Middleton along bank along north end of western marsh reed-bed, then next to nearby 'fence' pond where it showed well until late morning
Water Rail - two in big reedbed
Mute Swan - two pairs + 6 2 CY
Mallard - 6
Gadwall - 2 pr
Tufted Duck - 8
Teal - 3
Moorhen - 7
Coot - 1
Little Grebe - at least one
Chiffchaff - one non-singing bird

Ocean Edge area
Wheatear - 3
Snipe - 1

Small Tortoiseshell Ocean Edge, Peacock Middleton

 (particularly tatty) peacock.