Light morph adult Pomarine Skua close in, then turned north-west and headed high towards Black Combe at 0523hrs
Mute Swan - 3 in
Gannet - 3 out
Sandwich Tern - 1
Two Spotted Flycatcher Obs Tower pond fence 0530hrs and a ridiculous ringing statistic (we had ringed 79 between 1980 and 1999) was revised at last with one in the net at about 0915hrs
Lesser Redpoll - 2 north, 1 later
Not much else by 1000 as report-writing/mist net checking/short break to post this was the order of the day with no time for pure observation. Minor interest provided by a grey/olive-green migrant female Willow warbler in the nets and the first "1J" of the year, a speckled Robin, presumably from the office-area pair, which includes a partially-leucistic female
A text message indicated 9 Dotterel on Ingleborough - worth checking the local tops for this delayed passage?
The following of interest. The Coal Tit was one of three lengthy movements for this species involving north Lancs, perhaps all related to autumnal movement out of upland conifer origins. The Blackcap shows that the odd admin. error can be made at Observatories which receive more birds than here - always worth checking your old ringing data for such omissions!
An incredible grand total of 19 moths of 10 species in the trap for the WHOLE of May so far. Not helped, of course, by the trap entrance facing east. This morning excelled itself with three moths, including a late Common Quaker and an iconic Brown House Moth