Wednesday, 26 March 2014

White Stork highlight

Heysham Obs
At last I've seen a stork in the Lancaster & District BWS recording area (previous experiences very painful, especially Black - almost as bad as the Ross's Gull!), albeit rather distant views of one located by Jean Roberts coming in-off at the north harbour wall.  It did its best, behaviour-wise, to lessen the "unknown origin" caveat as it circled inland just south of Heysham Two power station (as seen from the NR office) and headed to the south-east over Middleton NR.  Quite a productive vis mig session for Jean on the north wall:

North harbour wall 0740-0930
White Stork - came in-off 0850, circled and flew 'behind' Heysham 2 power station where it was picked up distantly from the NR office area
Meadow Pipit - 157 north
Kittiwake - 10+20 in & ad still in harbour
alba Wagtail - 13 north
Siskin - 3
Reed Bunting - 2
Wheatear - one grounded
Common Gull - c35
Black-headed Gull - small movement into the bay with 49 'in'
Red-throated Diver - one in
Linnet - 23 on seed
Twite - 8 on seed

Heysham NR
Meadow Pipit - c100 N
Sparrowhawk - one north, chased by local male

First Chestnut and Early Thorn of the year