Monday, 21 October 2019

Routine west coast October north-easterly

No great expectations of scarce or rare this morning and so it proved with the only warblers recorded being three Blackcap.  The vis mig was quite good with a major "theme" being checks of the southbound Pink-feet for yesterday's Lesser Snow Goose which was grounded with Pinks due north of us in mid-south Scotland

Vis mig dawnish to 1030 - most birds flying N or NW into wind
Brambling - 2 NW
Fieldfare - 210
Redwing - 421
Pink-footed Goose - 1370 - all southbound
Chaffinch - exactly 200!
Meadow Pipit - 2
alba Wagtail - 23
Siskin - 4
Linnet - 2
Starling - 150
Bullfinch - 5
Blackbird - 29
Song Thrush - 3
Collared Dove - 1 SW
Tree Sparrow - 1 S
Woodpigeon - 20
Goldfinch - 17
Jackdaw - 18 one flock
Rook - 8 with above
Redpoll spp - 2
Skylark - 2

Grounded
Redwing - 55 flew inland at or just after dawn
Blackbird - 24 ditto
Fieldfare - 3 ditto
Blackcap - one probably additional to the ringing by the office
no Goldcrest seen/heard other than those ringed!

Ringing
As usual when the vis is northbound, the office nets do no seem to catch the finches, so only four Chaffinch were ringed.  Three Blackcap were unexpected, otherwise the rest pretty routine with 6 Goldcrest and 9 Redwing of minor note

Sunday, 20 October 2019

Numerically challenging thrushes

Its dead awkward when vis decides to head north here as it invariably involves milling about - this was certainly the case with Redwing (and corvids) this am with the figures combining Middleton and Heysham 'somewhere between 1100-1600'.  So I've taken the definite Heysham numbers plus extras from Middleton after my watch finished (PM, AJD, R de F)

Vis mig dawnish to 1030ish
Redwing - c1300 north
Fieldfare - c350 north
Mistle Thrush - 2 SW
Chaffinch - 52 N
alba Wagtail - 5 SW
Greenfinch - 23 N
Grey wagtail - 2 SE
Raven - 1 S
Jackdaw - 44 N
Rook - 25 N
Carrion Crow - 10 N
R/CC distant with JD - 32 N
Meadow Pipit - 5 SW
Coal Tit - 1 S
Skylark - 4 S
Siskin - 11 NE
Goldfinch - 9 N
Long-tailed Tit - unringed flock 14 (HNR) south
Reed Bunting - 2 S

Grounded
Blackbird - c20 HNR office area
Song Thrush - 3 HNR office area
Goldcrest - 2 ringed Middleton - none heard by office HNR
no sign of any Chiffs/YBW (Midd/HNR office area)

South Shore.
Greenfinch 14 Red Nab, 12 Ocean Edge saltmarsh
Jack Snipe, two occasions of bird lifting from Ocean Edge saltmarsh to land again nearby. No obvious reason unless predator in area. Three Common snipe simarly lifted but moved on.
Meadow pipit 3
Rock pipit 1
Little gull - 1 adult seaward end No.2 outflow



Saturday, 19 October 2019

Corvid passage

Weather: NE 2, mostly clear and sunny, mild
A generally quieter day but corvids heading south in numbers.   An unexpected flurry of warblers in the western marsh net comprised 6 new Chiffchaff, 4 new Goldcrest and 2 new Blackcap

Middleton NR
Vis 0700-1200hrs
Meadow Pipit - 18
alba wagtail - 9
Grey Wagtail - 4
Greenfinch - 2
Siskin - 5
Redwing - 36
Song Thrush - 3
Carrion Crow - 12
Rook - 27
Jackdaw - 67
Raven - 4 (together SE)
Skylark - 1
Linnet - 4
Tree Sparrow - 1
Snipe - 1
Woodpigeon - 44
Coal Tit - 1
Redpoll - 1
Reed Bunting - 3

A Yellow-Browed Warbler was heard calling from the SE golf course edge copse area.

Insects of note at Middleton NR
Migrant Hawker - 3
Brimstone - 1


Friday, 18 October 2019

Another day, another Yellow-browed Warbler

Weather - SE F2, 8-15C, 995mB, cloudy to east, clear to west.

Vis (in no particular order):
Short-eared Owl flew eastwards across the reserve and appeared to land near the old classroom
Woodpigeon - 37
Meadow Pipit - 12
alba wagtail - 34
Chaffinch - 28
Song Thrush - 10
Redwing - 23
Dunnock - 2
Blue tit - 3
Siskin - 22
Goldfinch - 23
Pink-footed Goose - 3200 N at 0910hrs
Lesser Redpoll - 1
Sparrowhawk - 3
Jackdaw - 40
Carrion Crow - 7
Linnet - 2
Jay - 1
Yellowhammer - 1

Grounded
Wheatear (1st winter female) at Half Moon Bay

Ringing
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1. This had a very high fat score so had probably been around for several days and was possibly the one heard near the office a couple of days ago. It arrived from the direction of the "Tank Farm" which is to the south of Heysham office.


Other new birds caught included Blue Tit (3),Goldcrest (6), Redwing (1), Chaffinch (4), Greenfinch (10), Goldfinch (4)

















Thursday, 17 October 2019

Vis mig pays off with Snow Bunting

Vis mig 0805-1030
Snow Bunting - one NNE to SSW at c0940 (two S over Starr gate Blackpool at 0956 unlikely to involve this one!)
Chaffinch - 193 SW
Brambling - 15 SW
Chaff/Bramb - c70 SW
Siskin - just 3 SE
alba Wagtail - 15 SE
Meadow Pipit - 20 SE
Jackdaw - flock of 6 S
Common Buzzard - one E
Jay - 4 S
Goldfinch - c35 S
Greenfinch - x25 S
Pink-footed Goose - 30+3 SE
Redwing - 40 SW, 6 down, 4 down

No obvious sign of anything grounded by office - just one Goldcrest

Wednesday, 16 October 2019

After the rain

Once the rain stopped at 10am birding and ringing could begin.

Heysham NR
A Yellow-browed Warbler still frequented the NE corner of the Reserve but took some finding. Luckily visiting birder JJ had the patience to winkle it out.

Ringing consisted of a few Goldcrests and Chiffchaffs.

Outfalls
Adult Little Gull phtographed by Kevin Eaves
Harbour
Ringed Black-headed Gull photographed by Janet Packham
A close up of the ring revealed it to be a Polish bird returning to the harbour for its third winter

Middleton NR
Malcolm enjoyed a very pleasant stroll in the afternoon sun but found no sign of Yellow-browed Warblers. Instead there were the following:
Redwing c10 on golf club strip.
Goldcrest 3
Chiffchaff 3
Common snipe 3

Little grebe 2.
Gadwall 10.

Insects:
Common Darter 22
Migrant Hawker 7
Speckled wood 4
Small Tortoiseshell 1









Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Not just leftovers

Yellow-browed Warbler
New locations:
1) By Greenfoot Community garden, possibly two birds (Shaun had a single call here yesterday pm)
2) By Tim Butler pond Middleton NR- found on its own by Malcolm, multi-observed later then flew off with LTT
3) West end of Middleton NR along the golf course edge - found by Malcolm whilst TB pond one still present
Still present
Heard/seen from three separate locations between the NE corner and dipping pond Heysham NR with probably three together in NE corner c1330 onwards (none ringed)
Not checked
Heysham Head or area before this was typed at 1342

**The most intriguing news is a report that the ringed NE corner bird was ringed on the LEFT leg, so it wasn't ours (not definitely seen today)! 

Ring Ouzel
Imm by brick building Middleton NR early am

Jack Snipe - flushed Middleton

Grounded
Three new Chiffchaff ringed but Goldcrest thin on the ground with only four ringed and little sign of them elsewhere.  Small numbers of Redwing and Blackbird and 1-2 Song Thrush

Vis mig - patchy combination of about an hour Midd/Hey
Skylark - 7
Meadow Pipit - 18
Grey wagtail - 3
alba Wagtail - 6
Chaffinch - 60
Greenfinch - 40
Swallow - 1
Carrion Crow - 16
Jackdaw - 45
Pink-footed Goose - 60
Jay - 3+1
Lesser Redpoll - 2
Redwing - 21
Song Thrush - 2
Goldfinch - 15