Monday, 22 April 2013

Arctic Tern spectacular continues

Heysham Obs
Difficult to know what the landbird situation was this morning as it was too windy for general migrant ringing although one of the office nets was manageable for a few Lesser Redpolls attracted to the nyger feeder mid-morning

Office area
Lesser Redpoll - up to 11 on the nyger seed - 6 ringed in a short session
Lesser Whitethroat - two singing males either side of the office
Redstart - female on fence by office - flew towards tank farm
Willow Warbler - gang of three presumed migrants
Meadow Pipit - 3 south
Tree Pipit - 2 together north

Red Nab/Ocean Edge/outfalls
Arctic Tern - 224 on outfalls at lunchtime
Little Gull - one 3CY and two adults on outfalls
No Wheatear seen  One male later seen on Red Nab(Janet)

North wall seawatching for about 1.5hrs
Sandwich Tern - 15 out
Arctic Tern - c40 in addition to the outfalls birds - mainly blogging/feeding
Gannet - 2 ad & one imm
Common Scoter - 10 in
Auk spp - 4 out, one in
Razorbill - one out
Kittiwake  30+16 in
Little Gull - 3CY out (not the outfalls bird), ad out

Two ringed (winter 2011/12) and one unringed bird seen (& 8 Linnet)

Grey Seal