Sunday, 15 June 2008

"Pretty dead"

Heysham Obs
........was the verdict of the birder spending a few hours at Heysham this morning. No offshore Gannet passage as yesterday and no sign of the north wall Med!

Outfalls/north wall
Black Guillemot - in the harbour mouth
Sandwich Tern - c10 offshore
just c50 Knot on Red Nab today

Middleton IE census
This included two Black-tailed Skimmers, away from the usual model boat pond, in the central marsh and a male Broad-bodied Chaser on the no-swimming pond. More details later.

A Black Kite was put on the pager at 1125hrs relating to a 0625hrs observation over Heversham Moss, then flying up the Lyth valley. Quail still present Marsh Lane, Heversham & seen in flight this morning. 21 Crossbill next to the steep hill between the Summersgill turning and the Botton Mill junction at SD645638; these flew north down the Hindburn valley. Later another ?smaller flock heard in the opposite direction in Thrushgill plantation (& Siskin, Lesser Redpoll). Note that Thrushgill plantation main track is still operational on weekdays.