Friday, 27 September 2013

Another mainly vis mig morning

Heysham Obs
Missed out on the early morning rain showers and, in conjunction with a lot of 'useless' uniform high cloud at dawn, there was not a lot happening other than vis mig.  Best for a lot of effort was a Spotted Flycatcher grounded and two Common Buzzard overhead

Vis mig dawn to about 1130
Meadow Pipit - 270
Pink-footed Goose - 6+9+40+29
alba Wagtail - 65
Grey Wagtail - 7 (4 ringed)
Lesser Redpoll - 2 (IOA)
Mistle Thrush - 7 SW
Grey Heron - 2 high to north
Dunnock - flocks of 3+2 heading south
Chaffinch - 69 SW
Common Buzzard - two separately south near midday
Large bird of prey - either Common Buzzard or harrier on jizz south early morning, but only seen in distant escape flight
Swallow - 24 SE
Linnet - 1 S
Goldfinch - 20 S
No Skylark heard

Grounded on Heysham NR
Spotted Flycatcher - 1 eastern woodland in large sycamore
Whitethroat - 1 by office
Chiffchaff - 3-4 scattered
Blackcap - female with LTT flock
Goldcrest - one!
Robin - not so much in evidence today and only 2 ringed
Dunnock - see above
Coal Tit - 2 ringed and at least 3 with Long-tailed Tit flock

Big nosedive in Med Gulls first noticed yesterday with only 4 seen
Sandwich Tern - 3

Still good numbers of Pink-barred Sallow, Silver Y and Treble Bar

Speckled Wood (25), Common Blue (2), Small Copper (2), Red Admiral (3) seen around reserve

 Silver Y feeding outside office.