Sunday, 4 April 2010

Mundane to the ridiculous

Heysham Obs
Mega-alert in the evening with a Red-legged Partridge seen running along Cyprus Road in Higher Heysham suburbia.  Major Heysham blocker, last seen goodness knows how long ago.  North-westerlies are unpredictable at this time of year with some significant early morning seabird movements on occasions.  Not this morning.  As far as I am aware the usual 1.5hrs produced just the following:

Red-throated Diver - 5
Gannet - 2
Twite - c60 all, or the vast majority, ringed
Linnet - 2 on seed
no passerine vis

Middleton IE
Snipe - 1

Typical early April record of Hooded Crow on the sandflats at Glasson, also 2 Avocet there.  Bittern 'grunting', therefore presumably usual elderly male, at Leighton Moss 0815-0830 (3 lots of 3) - the first report of this activity this year, despite "24/7" coverage.  Booming better in the evening.