Saturday, 23 July 2011

Dunno...but possibly a Robin

Heysham Obs
A well-deserved lie-in after last night's moth-trapping on Carnforth Slag Tips which turned into a virtually mothless puffball/horse & field mushroom-picking session.  If only a small area of this could be fenced off from the rampaging woolly maggots, we could see some interesting vegetation, possibly followed by some good coastal moth species.  At the moment it is too overgrazed and nitrogen-rich. 

Most of the day was spent in Heysham NR office sorting out the 2010 county ringing report - this takes ages these days for a very good and welcome reason - all the 'read in field' sightings from various birders with an assortment of videograbs and digiscopings at their disposal.  Thanks very much for these and please keep them coming

Outfalls/Red Nab
Med Gull - two adults in wing moult, along with a single juvenile

The moth-trap check saw a rotund brown thing disappearing out of the window which was 'probably a Dunnock but might have been a Robin'. The behaviour seems a bit 'brave' for a Dunnock.  Acleris hastiana was the highlight with Dotted Clay taking over pole position (just) from Straw Underwing