Monday, 11 April 2011

Moth mega and early Sedge Warbler influx

Heysham Obs
Went through the pre-frontal motions this morning just in case, even though the angle of approach did not give any hint of south-east in the wind

Heysham Obs office area/Middleton NR
Sedge Warbler - 1 ringed at about 0700hrs & another at 0900hrs - the earliest ringed here.  Two others were in song at Middleton NR  The only evidence of any landfalling night migrants, although the 2CY male Blackbird ringed this morning was long winged/low weight
Little Ringed Plover - one Middleton
Redpoll - 7 north
Goldfinch - 9 north
Gadwall - pair on no swimming pond

Meadow Pipit - 4 north

Brief seawatch 0615-0630
Gannet - 2
Sandwich Tern - 2


The second VC60 and perhaps Lancashire (as opposed to Merseyside)  of Agonopterix umbellana, following the first (also here) in 2004.  A gorse feeder, so plenty of suitable habitat!