Sunday, 13 September 2009

Variety but not quantity birdwise and an excellent late dragonfly day

Heysham Obs
No 'rares' or 'scarce' on the horizon yet, but trickles of the 'usual' non-drifted west coast migrants, Goldcrest excluded. Weather this week does have possibilities, if there are any migrant-search birders available midweek in this area.

Vis mig rather intermittently from the office area
alba Wagtail - 3
Meadow Pipit - 45
Reed Bunting - 1
Siskin - 1
Linnet - 8
Collared Dove - flock of 4
Chaffinch - 4
Lesser Redpoll - 1
Jay - 1 purposefully south
Swallow - 17
Grey Wagtail - 14 (just three ringed)
Cormorant - one high to the south over HNR
Skylark - 3
Snipe - 1 over reserve, flock of 7 over Middleton
House Martin - 32

Most interesting were the first migrant Song Thrush of the year with two grounded birds heading high inland, accompanied by a lot of 'ticking'
Handful of Robin with four lightweight birds caught in the nets by the office and quite a bit of ticking and chasing
Whitethroat - late bird Middleton IE
Chiffchaff - 2+

NINE species on HNR included the third site record of Southern Hawker and three Black Darter

Golden Oriole at least heard at Witherslack this morning