Monday, 12 March 2007

More signs of spring

Heysham Obs
North harbour wall
A half-hour seawatch fortuitously coincided with a Bonxie flying purposefully up the centre of the Bay at 1125hrs. Similarly, an adult Shag flew out, then landed on the water and floated in again with the tide

Outfalls: Ad & 2 1st W Little Gull

Wooden jetty/harbour
4 juv Shag on the jetty and one juv by the waterfall (NB 2 x Cormorant also by the waterfall)

Grounded migrants
The first Wheatear of the year on Ocean Edge football pitch. At least 5 Goldcrest still on the reserve during a late afternoon circuit. Single Jay seen (2 there yesterday)

16 Meadow Pipit and two alba wagtail in 30mins 1030-1100hrs

Moth trap: just one (rather early) Shoulder Stripe

Thanks to Reuben Neville

Purple Sandpiper Morecambe Stone Jetty, low numbers of Sand Martin scattered around. Singing Chiffchaff south Lancaster & 2 reports of singing Blackcap, presumed to be wintering birds. 10 Whooper Swans on the Lune flood plain opposite Farleton. Lesser Snow Goose relocated at Pilling Marsh

An extraordinary moth trapping session last night (therefore the records are documented as yesterday) at the superb sheltered woodland site at Millhouses near Wray produced 197 moths, including 3 of the very local Small Brindled Beauty:

Thanks to Jennifer Newton