Thursday, 21 August 2008

"Highlighted" by Common Tern.............

Heysham Obs
..............a sad reflection of the current post-spring passage status of Common & Arctic Tern in this area

Ocean Edge/outfalls/Red Nab early morning
Med Gull - ad seaward end Stage 2 outfall
Little Gull - two at rest at long range on mudflats

Same site lunchtime
Sandwich Tern - one adult
Common Tern - one juv
Med Gull - small adult on Red Nab

Late afternoon NHW brief check
Shag still on wooden jetty

Eight Silver Y, but no startling migrants today! Tawny-speckled Pug new for the year

Another photo of yesterdays Cosmopolitan from Alan Draper. This is quite a well-marked individual. If this was a Bordered Straw or Painted Lady, it suggests that it is not a pale primary migrant of southern European/North African origin but dont know whether this principle applies to Cosmopolitan

The LDBWS site is back up running & included a Short-eared Owl yesterday at Aldcliffe & 31 Little Egret and still 50+ Swift at Leighton Moss Lower Hide area last night. No news on any sightings at this evening's Leighton egret roost of the reported Great White Egret (Carnforth marsh) earlier this afternoon