Saturday, 24 March 2007

A bit too clear

Heysham Obs
Grounded migrants
Very few birds which could be determined as migrants during the course of the first breeding bird census of the year for the British Energy properties. Only 6 Goldcrest could be found and just one (of these) was ringed. No sign of any Wheatear on the coastal areas

Visible migration
Slightly better with c58 Meadow Pipit and 12 Pied Wagtail north during the period 0830-1000hrs.

Middleton IE
Female Pochard still, also 7 Tufted Duck, 4 Goldeneye, 6 Teal and 3 Snipe.

Miscellaneous bird sightings
Just one 1st W Little Gull noted on the outfalls. No time to check the harbour area. Highlight of the first mapping session of territorial birds on British Energy properties was a staggering 36 singing male Wren...........and this did not include the ideal habitat in the 'tank farm'.

Male Brimstone on Middleton IE & sightings of 2 Small Tortoiseshell and one Peacock

Elsewhere (locally)
'Dead' according to the pager and LDBWS website!