Thursday, 12 April 2007

Not brilliant - a bit too clear

Heysham Obs
c6 Willow warbler, 2 + new Chiffchaff, 3 Wheatear

Vis Mig (no coverage overlooking the sea) c0900-1100
Goldfinch 45 north
Linnet 32 north
Meadow Pipit 18 north
Grey Heron 1+1+1 high to the north, well spaced
Woodpigeon - flock of 5 high to the NE
Swallow 11 north
Sparrowhawk Female flying NE VERY high

The three Little Gulls are still there - on the tideline by Heysham 2 outfall. Just one juv Shag located

A Hummingbird Hawk-moth flew past the NR office about 1030hrs

No definite sign of the Lune valley Whooper Swans. Short-eared Owl showing exceedingly well in upper Hindburn near Botton Head - travelled at 19mph alongside the car for 1/4 mile!
Nearby, 12+ Bramblings in mixed flock feeding on fallen larch cones. Widespread arrival of Willow Warbler males e.g. singing as I type this at High Tatham