The observatory was set up in 1980. It involves ringing,'vis mig' counts (including seabirds) and general monitoring in the Heysham Nature reserve/power stations/harbour area. The statutory moth trap is in place and also a daily log for butterflies, dragonflies etc.
We share an office, kindly provided by EDF Energy, with the County Wildlife Trust. This is located next to the Nature Reserve car park. Do call in. Please leave sightings in the letterbox, ESPECIALLY 'fly-by' seabirds.
Friday, 6 March 2009
Is the whole Waxwing flock still around?
Mixed bag of birds
Purple Sandpiper - 3 below wooden jetty Twite - same 8 at the feeder (7/8 ringed at Heysham) Red-throated Diver 1 offshore
Pink-footed Goose 45 North from Fylde area Waxwing - single bird at Jenny Nook at 1615hrs - just a single brief search (that is known about) earlier in the day
Offshore Grey Seal was the only animate object on the sea during 30 minutes late afternoon seawatch
Bittern grunting/booming at Leighton from last night. Great Grey Shrike Dalton Crag by the trig point. Waxwing still Leighton Drive, Lancaster. [No Sand Martin Pine Lake in evening check!]