Friday, 1 June 2007

First decent dragonfly day, notably Black-tailed Skimmer

Heysham Obs
Predictably little with 4 Arctic Terns on the outfalls early on and one flying into the bay later. No Shag seen and no obvious sign of the Rock Pipit. Three Swallows flew north in about 2.5 hours of observation!

Evening visit
Shag 2 wooden jetty
Arctic tern 6 off No. 1 outfall
Sandwich tern 2 blogging
Ringed plover Red Nab
Long-tailed tit 6 Nature Park
Linnet 2m 1f on mound

Nature reserve
TWO singing male Reed Warbler in the reserve reedbed

Middleton IE
Jackdaw - 2 of this scarce Heysham bird on the shoreline of the model boat pond
Canada Goose - a singleton of this thankfully scarce Heysham bird on the model boat pond
Tufted Duck - pair on the No Swimming pond
Little Grebe - Pair with 4 smallish young on the No Swimming pond (4+ other pairs on this site)

Male Emperors recorded singly on the Middleton IE new scrape & fence pond and on BE properties on the 'dog walk' pond & Nature Reserve marsh

Immature male Black-tailed Skimmer on the model boat pond was much earlier than the previous two years

Four-spotted Chaser - c30 on Middleton and two on the 'dog-walk' pond

Common Blue, Azure, Large Red and Blue-tailed Damselflies all seen

Large Skipper was early BUT NO Wall Brown seen on the census yesterday or during todays more casual check. Please record all individuals you will hopefully come across. Thanks.

Female-type Black Redstart showed reliably at Lancaster University until about 1100hrs opposite the Sports centre then was seen about 1800hrs on the rooftop of the nearby hotel (c250m to the west over the other side of the 'ring road'). At least one Spoonbill reported at Leighton Moss. Singing male Wood Warbler still in the Trough of Bowland at Tower Lodge this afternoon along with several Spotted Flycatcher. 100+ Sanderling in the high tide roost at Cockersands Point this lunchtime