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.
Monday, 20 April 2009
Velvet Scoter highlight
Heysham Obs North harbour wall 06.30-7.30 & 0845-1145 Arctic Tern - 15 in Eider (6 in, 8 out, 15 across the end of the Bay N-S) Sandwich tern (build up - 2 in and hanging round yellow buoys, 4 on red buoy, later 10 altogether wandering round) Red-throated diver (1 out but landed by yellow buoys, 1 out, 3 in) Gannet - 1 in, 3 out Guillemot - 1 out.Common Scoter 30+20+130=180 ouy Velvet Scoter - 2 out with common scoter flock Little Gull - 2x AdS north, 2x 1stW north, 1 AdW on sea Arctic Skua - 1 dark morph on seaMeadow Pipit - c36 NE Swallow - c6 NE Tree Pipit - 1 NE alba Wagtail - 4 NE
Red Nab Dunlin unusual & 2 Sandwich Tern
Wooden jetty area Purple sandpiper - 1, later 2 seen Black Guillemot - flying about and swimming, then up on top of pier.
Grounded Wheatear - 3
Elsewhere Nothing dramatic although belated news that the Alpine Swift on 15/4 was seen flying from Cockersands towards Glasson at 5pm!