Friday, 28 February 2014

Frosty Start

Heysham Obs

North Harbour Wall
45 mixed Finches early on Twite Linnet and Goldfinch
Not quite to plan just 7 birds caught 6 Twite and a Goldfinch.

Adult Med Gull (Czech ringed)
Kittiwake -1

Kittiwakes - 8 2CY x 1

Thanks to Malcolm for the extensive Middleton report below.
Had a good walk around Middleton NR today, didn't see any grey wagtails, looks like the green ringed anomaly was in passage. Most resident birds now singing/calling including greenfinch, chaffinch, reed bunting (2), song thrush (2), robin, dunnock and wren.
There were a lot of birds on the boating pond when I first got there (9:00). I have put the numbers for the boating pond in () next to the totals
4 adult mute (6) juvenile
(1) scaup
17 (11) tufted
9 (5) gadwall
(2) pochard (male)
6 (2) mallard
10 (4) coot
3 (1) heron (frogging season!)
(2) little egret
(1) cormorant
(1) lapwing (on peninsular)
7 teal - looks like most of these have moved on
6 moorhen
1 little grebe (western scrape)
1 water rail (dyke north edge of central marsh)
2 stock dove
1 skylark (silent)
36 pinkfoot north 11:25
2 snipe OE
85 wigeon (RN)