Wednesday, 3 August 2011

A nice CES day plus some 'vis' and the Reeve's Pheasant is back!

Hawthorn bush songsters at Middleton. Thanks Janet
Heysham Obs
Well over 100 birds were ringed on the combined Middelton and Heysham CES this morning with a significant influx/left-over-from-yesterday of Sedge Warbler at Middleton.   All vis-miggers take note that single flava Wagtail and Tree Pipit passed overhead to the south-east

Middleton CES & supplementary nets
flava Wagtail - one grounded briefly around the sewage works before heading SE
Tree Pipit - one headed SE after circling the site
Swift - c15 south
Tree Sparrow - a juvenile was ringed - only the second to be ringed at the Obs!
Ringing totals of 'new' birds:  Sedge Warbler (29), Willow Warbler (just 6; hardly any around this morning), Reed Bunting (4), Whitethroat (8), Grasshopper Warbler (5; adult and 4 1CY), Lesser Whitethroat (3), Reed Warbler (2), Robin (3), Blue Tit (4), Linnet (1), Tree Sparrow (1), Bullfinch (1), Swallow (10).  11 retraps were mainly adult warbler species.

Heysham NR
Green Woodpecker - one seen several times early morning
Reeve's Pheasant - seen several times recently, including this morning
Coal Tit - juvenile ringed (early for this spp)
Ringing included the following warblers:  Whitethroat (5), Sedge Warbler (1), Lesser Whitethroat (1), Blackcap (3) a Woodpigeon!

Med Gull - 4, including the/a green darvic, provisionally R13E.  Thanks Rosie & Mario

A huge catch was dealt with in increasingly hot 'shifts' and many escaped.  Two Ypsolopha scabrella, 3 White-line Dart, one Southern Wainscot, 2 Dogs Tooth, 6 Dingy Footman and two Bordered Beauty were perhaps the best.  A sudden emergence of Common Rustic agg with 38 appearing