Wednesday, 4 June 2008

Earlyish morning megadross

Heysham Obs
"Highlight" of the morning was two flocks of Canada Goose totalling 38+24 trolling around but never seen to land in the area. Presumed breeding Water Rail on Middleton IE the afternoon highlight.

North harbour wall 0845-0930
Sandwich Tern - 1 out
Black Guillemot - one in harbour mouth doing nothing (c/f yesterday)

Red Nab/outfalls
Black-headed Gull - 205
Common Gull - 17
NO terns

Hopefully some decent insects later........

Middleton IE
Insects rather poor but 4-5 dragonflies, thought to be teneral darter spp disturbed by a visiting naturalist. c10 4-spotted Chaser and one Emperor.
Water Rail - At least two birds (adults) in/alongside the new reedbed in the western marsh - surely a breeding registration of some sort - also 'squealing'.

4 Spoonbill Leighton Moss area. 15+ Crossbill next to Tower Lodge this afternoon. Ad Long-eared Owl on roadside post at dusk Leck Fell, but no squeaking young (they fledged very early this year). Osprey Leighton Moss early morning and a perceived adult (perhaps the same) SW over Morecambe Stone Jetty towards Aldcliffe.