Saturday, 1 August 2009

Little Egret invasion & late afternoon Storm Petrel

Heysham Obs
Ocean Edge/Red Nab/outfalls quick visit 0745-0800, then c1730-1810
Little Egret - 3 in OE saltmarsh channel am
Med Gull - 3 juvs, 2CY & 2 ads Red Nab/OE foreshore/outfalls evening
Whimbrel - 4 am
Black-tailed Godwit - 14 Red Nab am
Storm Petrel - one between the dredger and the red buoy, flying backwards and forwards at about 1750hrs, then a big yellow thing emerged from behind a cloud and it became impossible to view the area.

A really odd catch - only 10 moths but graced by Dun-bar (first of year & scarce here), Flounced Rustic (first of year & not scarce here!), Southern Wainscot (not common away from the wetlands) & Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet (not particularly common here)

Note there were 16 Storm Petrel off Walney yesterday