Friday, 23 January 2009

Guillemot nailed at last

Heysham Obs
Short time available & spent it in the picturesque old "Gate 38" area by the Shag(less) waterfall. This gives an angle on the outer harbour and was an appropriate repository for the free half of a 2 for 1 Ginsters pasty bought on Monday evening at the biggest petrol/junk food complex without a public toilet I have ever come across (be warned - first one on A628 west from the M1)

Harbour mouth
Guillemot - one sat in the harbour entrance
Med Gull - adult positively headed for the above pasty
Kittiwake - adult showed a vague interest in the above pasty

North harbour wall
21 Twite - 2 unringed, rest Heysham-ringed

Ocean Edge
Quick scan of Stage 2 outfall revealed no Little Gulls but 5 Twite were on the shore at Red Nab

IOM ferry too far away to wait for

Agonopterix heracliana in the trap

Observers Alan Draper & Pete Marsh

Hooded Crow seen, after perfect timing as regards receipt of yesterdays sighting, at the top of Daisy Bank cSD503613 at 1115hrs & again at 1230hrs - initially on its own in a field to the north of the road & flighty & later in stubble field. The Greylag flock just north of Bulbeck at SD545646 was also showing well at c1105hrs and included the 2 adult & 2 juv European Whitefront and at least 2 Pinkfeet