Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Misbehaving gulls and warblers filtering through

Heysham Obs
It was same again as Ian and Gavin on Red Nab on the incoming tide but the green darvic-ringed 2CY Med was too distant and the 3CY wouldn't show its legs to see if it was last winter's returning bird

Ian and Gav's pics of what were the same birds today.  Thanks for these.  Anyone doing a moult score?!

Red Nab just before high tide
Med Gull - single green-ringed 2CY, 3CY & adult
Kittiwake - just one 2CY located

Middleton NR early morning ringing and observation
25 warblers were caught and only two were already ringed!  This is despite a CES visit to the same area three days ago.  There were no Sedge Warbler retraps, just single Whitethroat and Reed Warbler.  So we really should be covering this site every day during the current movement-prompting high pressure

Odds and ends at Middleton included
Tufted Duck - 3 males and female on model boat pond
Sand Martin - juv over model boat pond
Lesser Redpoll - two seen early morning
Swift - 5 south
House Martin - 3 south
Swallow - c30 - seemed to be all blogging

A really good catch in the Middleton central marsh actinic including Silver Hook, 2 Silky Wainscot, 14 Drinker, Cyclamen Tortrix, Blackneck and topped by 16 Map-winged Swift.  The office trap held a Gothic.