Thursday, 6 August 2009

Bits and bobs

Heysham Obs
Middleton IE 0630-1230
Still 2 singing male Grasshopper Warbler and a 'squealing' Water Rail - surely they have bred this year. 28 new birds ringed comprising the 'usual' selection of warblers (7 Sedge Warblers, 5 Reed Warblers [including four juvenile], 3 Willow Warblers, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap ) and a few passage Swallows (about 50 - 7 ringed) and Swift (11). No tit flocks to enhance the total/reduce the quality of the catch!
Other: 9 Greylag south, 1 Raven over.

Ocean Edge
A bit late with the rocks nearly covered by the spring tide. Apart from the lack of terns, the absence of one or two moulting Little Gulls at this stage of the autumn is rather surprising
Med Gull - one adult
Redshank - 257

Good variety of butterflies on the office buddleia, incluing a brief Holly Blue