The observatory was set up in 1980. It involves ringing,'vis mig' counts (including seabirds) and general monitoring in the Heysham Nature reserve/power stations/harbour area. The statutory moth trap is in place and also a daily log for butterflies, dragonflies etc.
We share an office, kindly provided by EDF Energy, with the County Wildlife Trust. This is located next to the Nature Reserve car park. Do call in. Please leave sightings in the letterbox, ESPECIALLY 'fly-by' seabirds.
Saturday, 25 January 2014
Initial records only, from a walk down north harbour wall at lunchtime. Mainly
to see if any black redstart in this area. Answer – None seen
No finches on feeding station, just 4 feral pigeon and a pied
However, flock of 28 linnet/twite huddled (from wind and rain) in stunted tree at
corner of compound. All facing away. No rings noted.
Flock c2,000 Knot in
Herring, LB Backed, Common, (1) Kittiwake but no Mediterranean.
2 little gull on seaward side of outflows.
0900hrs - Middleton Model Boat Pond
Drake Scaup still
1 No Little Egret
including 4 Drakes
1100hrs - No.1 Outfall
Adult and 2 x 1st Winter Little Gulls
4 No. RB Mergansers including 2 Drakes
1200hrs - Harbour
3 Adult and 1 2CY Kittiwake
1300hrs - North Harbour Wall
5 No. Twite
sheltering from torrential rain!
After a bright start the weather deteriorated, had a look for the Black
Redstarts but never saw either