Saturday, 9 February 2008

Skylark and Stonechat on the move

Heysham Obs
Stonechat - male by the Nature Park S end of BE properties and another seen at the same time on the Nature reserve [not the same bird moving as previously posted]. No wintering birds in this area this year, therefore these are early migrants (by about a month)
Skylark - 5 overhead to the south/west

Purple Sandpiper - TWO wooden jetty
Little Gull - 1st W still Heysham 2 outfall
male Eider by Red Nab (BTO Business challenge tick)
94 Wigeon Red Nab
Ad & 2nd W Med Gulls along the north harbour wall but no sign of any small finches there

March Moth in the moth trap and Peacock butterfly by the car park before heading into the non-operational land

No sign any Crossbill Thrushgill early morning. Details not yet known on Pilling Lap. Bunt. [phoned in to BNW without any further details but implication that it was on saltmarsh, not fields]. Pale-bellied Brent Goose Sunny Slopes area but elusive behind the groyne (reported as being there - not actually seen on WeBS at HT). Ad Med Gull on the sea just N of Battery groyne - same as the other day.