Saturday, 23 May 2015

What no seawatching

Nice holiday in Belarus marred by an almost unbelievably unfortunate unavailability of all the local sea watchers this week - great weather for a few long tails and, since Sunday, best seawatching weather for ages

Highlight in Belarus was 20 minutes of lynx - usually really tricky

From Malcolm for Friday 22nd at Middleton:

Little Ringed Plover  1
Grasshopperhopper Warbler 1
Swift at least 10 over main pond by 12.00, none earlier in day.

Monday, 18 May 2015

Sunday Sea Watching

North Harbour Wall

Sea-watching from 6.30 to 10.00am produced:
Marsh Harrier - 1 flew into the Bay at 7.40am, but very distant
Arctic Skua - 3 flew into the Bay - a dark morph at 8.10am, a light morph at 8.45am
and another dark morph at 9.00am.
Gannet- c70, though difficult to be certain as many were flying in, as others were flying out.
Auk sp - 3 flew in, all distant
Arctic Tern - 2 flew out
Fulmar - 2 flew out

Thanks to Pete Crooks for the above records

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Records received from Malcolm today,  thanks very much.

Middleton NR
Mute Swan  2+1 adult and 6 2nd CY
Mallard  3
Shelduck 4 (2pr)
Moorhen  3
Coot  2
Skylark 2
Wheatear  1
Little Ringed Plover  1
Grasshopper Warbler  1 reeling in central Marsh

Ocean Edge
Wheatear  4
Linnet  6
Ringed Plover  4

Stage 1 Outfall
Common Gull  37 2nd CY

Friday, 15 May 2015

CES Morning

Advantage was taken of the only morning with winds light enough for mist netting to complete the second Constant Effort visits at both Middleton & Heysham sites.

Catches were low, 13 & 14 birds respectively, with a high proportion already ringed, suggesting local breeding birds.

Of the 20 nestboxes on the reserve, just over half are occupied by Great Tits, 5 by Blue tits and 4 not used. A good occupancy rate.

Moths:  virtually absent from the hut trap lately but should be picking up very soon, especially if the weather warms up a bit. A single moth was in the trap thus morning but only glimpsed as it shot out of the window!

Four Spot chaser on the pond at Middleton over the road from the boating pond

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Evening Sightings

Two of the main recorders and contributors to this blog are out of the country for a period.  Consequently, postings here may be rather sketchy for a while - please bear with us.

Malcolm has made the most of a lovely evening and reported the following:

Ocean Edge
Wheatear  10
Little Egret  1
Linnet  16
Dunlin  58

Red Nab
Whimbrel  1

Harbour South Round head
Wheatear  1


Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Another below par seawatch

Heysham Obs
Not quite right this morning with no hefty squalls, just some layered high-ish cloud which eventually cleared. A better day, however, than yesterdays disaster when I got absolutely soaked retrieving moth traps early morning and then, when we wanted some heavy showers, not a drop of rain fell for the  rest of the day

Sea 0550-0740
Arctic Skua - light and dark morph lifted off the sea and headed quite leisurely into the Bay at 0610
Great Skua (Bonxie) - one wheeled in very quickly at very long range (any other skua spp would have remained exactly that) at 0622
Gannet - 7 out
Canada Goose - rarest birds of the morning - 5 flew north at about 0720
Dunlin - 85 out
Whimbrel - 2 north
Swallow - just one north!
So nearly two hours without addition to the patchwork challenge (I still need Fulmar, Common Scoter, Manx Shearwater, Common Tern and any identified auks!!)

That's me for 10 days or so - my first holiday at migration time for a bit - hopefully others will find some stuff of interest as the sea looks promising e.g. Thursday early am

Monday 11th May

Heysham Obs
Just 11 Wheatear on Ocean Edge with a couple of brief and blank looks at the sea