Monday, 28 April 2008

Dribs and drabs day

Heysham Obs
Nothing like yesterdays number of birds today at sea, on land or indeed overhead until late morning when there was a landfall of Wheatear.

North harbour wall 0700-0800 and 1230-1330
Sandwich Tern - 16 out early on after which just 3 seen!
Arctic Skua - 2 dark morph in together at 1300hrs, flying quite high when passing Heysham NHW.
Gannet - 5 distantly out and across 1310-1315
Whimbrel - 4 in 1250
Common Scoter - 10 out 1325

Pied Flycatcher 1st S male trapped and ringed.
Wheatear - nothing first thing but 30 had arrived at Ocean Edge by lunchtime.
Otherwise no evidence of any significant arrivals

Middleton IE
Sightings included at least 4 Grasshopper Warbler (2 singing males & 2 silent birds)

Spoonbill still at Leighton Moss, also Green-winged Teal. Osprey flew south east there late afternoon