Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Cheerful Linnet brightens a dull day

Twite above the feeding station. Thanks Mark

Heysham Obs
North harbour wall/wooden jetty
Purple Sandpiper - 3 on the outer section of the wooden jetty
Linnet - singing 2CY male by the Twite feeding station
Twite - 15 seen (4 unringed, 11 with Heysham rings), others heard on morning visit - 48 there in the afternoon (at least 3 unringed)

Vis by the office
Two small silent passerines high to the north-east
Pied Wagtail - one high to the NE
Pink-footed Goose - 100 north and 9 south

Ocean Edge/Red Nab
Dead (even ran out of newspapers), with just 6 Wigeon on Red Nab, a drastic reduction and nothing else of note (very few gulls)

Agonoperix heracliana in the trap

Great Grey Shrike Dalton Crag by trigpoint at least 1300hrs. 5 Avocet Em Pool (flood). Long-eared Owl Freeman's Pool. Ruff EM Pool (2nd day)
All yesterday: 3 Avocet Allen Pool, none seen Lune Estuary. Singing male Long-eared Owl Leck Fell in the evening & possibly a very, very distant bird responding to the north, unless it was a slightly tremulous woolly maggot with a genetically-engineered lung capacity. At least one Long-eared Owl still at Freeman's Pool.