Saturday, 10 March 2012

Singing 'wintering' Blackcap

Heysham Obs
Urban Heysham
A garden in the suburban Heysham part of the recording area (SD46A), which earlier this year housed 'wintering' Blackcaps, has played host to a singing male from 4th March and this was heard again today.  This coincides with singing males in the Silverdale area at/near other traditional wintering sites.  I would suspect that these will be leaving soon to head back to ?central European breeding sites and are not early migrants from the local breeding population

North harbour wall
No Twite, no food remaining at 0900hrs, but more put out.
Not a great deal of food left at 16.00 either (although plenty of less fresh seed in the more grassy sections of the feeding area) but -
Twite - 15
Goldfinch - 2
Linnet - 2
Feral Pigeon - 4
Further small supply of food put down.

Wigeon - presumed migratory group of 12 offshore
Shag - at least 2 in the harbour
Purple Sandpiper - 2 on wooden jetty with 80+ Turnstone

Shoulder Stripe new for the year, also March Moth (2), Dotted Border and Hebrew Character