Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Unobtrusive Meds & breeding Jays

Heysham Obs
Red Nab/outfalls/Ocean Edge
Med Gull: 2CY, 2/3CY, Ad on Red Nab in perfect viewing conditions, the first two a bit 'unobvious'! The 2/3CY was not clearly visible but seemed to have newly-growing (as opposed to old and unmoulted) black-tipped primaries, therefore another 2CY. Note that old extensively black outer primaries would still be a 2CY, with the moult not as advanced! These can otherwise look like 'adults' at rest at this time of year, especially if the bill is tucked away. No juvs today.
Black-tailed Godwit - just 2

Moneyclose Lane
Family party of very noisy Jays - almost certainly bred along here

Middleton IE
3 Reed Bunting, 2 Common Whitethroat & 2 Willow Warbler ringed before the weather which should have stayed in or west of the Isle of Man reached us in the form of medium/heavy rain!

Included a late Mother of Pearl