Friday, 6 June 2008

Ornithological doldrums but another county first in a North Lancs moth trap

Heysham Obs
Just about as bad as you can get at high tide with one distant Manx Shearwater the star of the show. Black Guillemot seen in the harbour mouth in the morning, but no sign afternoon. One Sandwich Tern the only other transitory bird worth mentioning. Little Grebe & 3 young on fence pond, Middleton.

A reasonable catch highlighted by a late Least Black Arches (rare here). Also single Shaded Pug, Foxglove Pug, Poplar Hawk-moth, Broom, Rustic Shoulder and 3 Shoulder-striped Wainscot, a very common moth here.

A little windy and cool at Middleton IE with no sign of any Black-tailed Skimmer or darters on the model boat pond. Two Emperor and about 6 4-spotted Chaser casually noted on other ponds

Lancashire's first Saxon moth came to light in more senses than one as a j-peg was received by the county (micro) moth recorder of a capture near Haweswater last week. Nothing of interest found on the pager/LDBWS site yet i.e. no news on Spoonbills, Ospreys or Xbills.

Thanks for the late info!

Heysham Obs
North harbour wall
A late message saying the Black Guillemot was still present

Red Nab/outfalls
c100 Black-headed and c15 Common Gulls

Eyed Hawk & Latticed Heath of note

Grey Squirrel and freshly dead Hedgehog along/on Moneyclose Lane

Nothing as far as I know. NNEW (to me) re-Leighton Moss.