Saturday, 21 July 2007

Poor percentage of Meds!

Heysham Obs
Ocean Edge foreshore/Red Nab/outfalls
Med Gull: A thorough check at low tide in the morning saw them very hard to find with one juv briefly, 2 x 1st summer which were, as usual, difficult to see and just the one adult summer. Not a good percentage compared to other years, given 1,600 Black-headed Gulls - even yesterdays 8/2,000 was on the low side, especially as two were mobile juvs. I wonder if they having trouble dispersing north this year!
Whimbrel: 7 on Red Nab at high tide
Sandwich Tern: one at high tide

Harbour area
Both Black Guillemot visible at 1230 but only one in late afternoon (and no reports of any Shag)

What seemed to be a primary immigrant Silver Y was in the trap - a Bedstraw Hawk-moth was trapped nearby at Heysham Road Fri/Sat are we going to get a few more migrants in these pulses of "French rain"?

Single Spoonbill photographed on EM Pools - see LDBWS site.