Saturday, 18 April 2015

Crystal clear

Heysham Obs
Nothing much happened this morning but still three new species for the year as is par for the course in mid April

Coastal areas on and off till 1130
Arctic Tern - 2 in (no Sandwich tern seen!)
Swallow - 15 in
House Martin - 3 in
Purple Sandpiper - one under the remains of the middle tier of wooden jetty
Turnstone - at least 74
Cormorant - 46
Common Sandpiper - one flew round into harbour area
Linnet - 4 north

Middleton
singing Lesser Whitethroat and 3 Sedge Warbler

Heysham NR
Tree Pipit - 1 NE
Grounded stuff virtually non existent

Ocean Edge
Wheatear - 7

Outfalls
Huge numbers of Common Gulls - figure to be added by another observer

Mammal
Grey Seal number one outfall.

Friday, 17 April 2015

Slow and rather early

Heysham Obs
Good coverage by Malcolm, Janet, Jean et al

Thanks Janet



North harbour wall 0700-0830
Wheatear - 1
Linnet - 12 NE
alba Wagtail - 3 NE
Goldfinch - 1 NE
Swallow - 12 NE
Redpoll - 1 NE
Carrion Crow - 7 NE
Whimbrel - 1 NE (IOY)
Sandwich Tern - 2 in
Common Scoter - 4 u-turning
Purple Sandpiper - one wooden jetty middle section
Turnstone - 80 

Heysham office area
All before 0610hrs!
Redstart - male on fence
Meadow Pipit - 8 NE
Linnet - 7 NE
Redpoll - 1+2 down then NE
Blackcap - 2 ringed
Willow Warbler/Chiffchaff - one of each ringed

Middleton NR
Lesser whitethroat  - singing male by no swimming pond (IOY)
Sedge Warbler - 3 singing male (IOY)
Mute Swan - 2 nesting pairs and 6 2CY
Coot - 4
Moorhen - 6
Shelduck  - 2 (+ 8 over to west)
Tufted Duck - 8
Mallard - 4
Gadwall - 3
Grasshopper Warbler - 3 singing males
Skylark - 2
Wheatear - 3
Stock Dove - 1
Swallow - 7 NE
Sparrowhawk - 2 NE
Jay - activity at both HNR and Middleton involving at least two mobile birds
Sparrowhawk - 2 NNW
Wheatear - 3.

Ocean Edge
9 wheatear
9 linnet
Mammal
Grey Seal off harbour

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Hirundine and Sandwich tern trickle

Heysham Obs

North harbour wall
Sandwich Tern - 32
Little gull - 4 plus 2 distant adults
Meadow Pipit - 2
Swallow - 2

Middleton NR
Grasshopper Warbler - 2 singing male, 3 later
Snipe - 1
Swallow - 16 NE
Sand Martin - 3 NE
House Martin - 1 NE
Willow warbler - 4ish migrants

Heysham NR
Trickle of Willow Warbler (7) and Chiffchaff (2) ringed along with two Blackcap

Moths
Powdered Quaker and Shoulder Stripe (2) 'highlighting'

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Misty drizzly 'fall'

Heysham Obs
Not a morning for glasses-wearers in fine drizzle and poor visibility.   Decent numbers of the 'obvious' =Wheatear made you wonder what of the non-obvious might have slipped through.  However, coverage not at all bad and thanks the Bill and Janet for early morning Middleton visits (and Malcolm's and Justine's on previous days)

Middleton early am
Grasshopper Warbler - one presumably singing on territory, the other a probable migrant alongside Ocean Edge
Redstart - male (IOY)
Jack Snipe - late bird flushed from shallow wetland
Willow Warbler - 8+, c40 later on
Stock dove - 2 (Ioy)

Heysham NR circuit
Goldcrest - late female
Willow Warbler - 2 migrants
Chiffchaff - 4 migrants, two on territory

Wheatears
Ocean Edge - 11
North harbour wall - 17
South harbour - 1
PS non-operational land - 3
Middleton - 7

North harbour wall
Meadow Pipit - 6 grounded

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

A quieter day

More updates to come.

North Harbour Wall 0640-0740
No vis (too windy)
Gannet - 1 out
Common Scoter - 9 out
Wheatear - 1 female on mound

Middleton NR
Willow Warbler - 7 singing
Chiffchaff - 2 singing
Mute Swan - 2 pairs plus the 6 imms
Tufted Duck - 3 pairs
Gadwall - 2 pairs
Little Ringed Plover - 2.  A pair back on territory
Wheatear - 3
Swallow - 2
House Martin - 2 in late afternoon
Skylark - pair

Ocean Edge
Wheatear - 7
Linnet - 30
White Wagtail - 1

Shore to south of OE
White Wagtail - 7
Wheatear - 4

Moths
Included Early Thorn (at last!)

Monday, 13 April 2015

Quality not quantity

Heysham Obs


Thanks to Joanne and Janet for the above pics

Pretty decent morning unless you were into hordes of visible migration!

North harbour wall
Marsh Harrier - cream-crowned bird north at 0802 (IOY) - well into Cumbria
Sandwich tern - 2 offshore

Office area
Willow Warbler - 10+
Firecrest - 2CY male caught and ringed - still showing late afternoon
Ring Ouzel - 2CY male ringed (IOY)
Blackcap - at least 3 males and two females
Robin - two unringed birds caught
Meadow Pipit - 9 NE

Middleton NR
Ring-necked Parakeet - flew north towards Tradebe
Grasshopper Warbler - singing male early morning only (IOY)
Little Ringed Plover - single mobile bird (IOY)
Greylag - 4
Tufted Duck - 8
Gadwall - just two males seen

Wheatear
5 ocean edge
4 non-op land
one heliport

Mammals
Weasel ran across near office
Grey Squirrel below obs tower

Moths
Shoulder Stripe of minor interest




Sunday, 12 April 2015

Hopeless

Heysham Obs
Awful weather during the morning/over lunchtime - nothing of interest blown in

Sand Martin - Middleton model boat pond first thing
Wheatear - Ocean Edge foreshore
Common Gull - 89 outfalls