Monday, 9 October 2017

Better than staying in bed

It was a shame the SW wind kicked in before dawn (certainly the upper wind) as there was obviously some eastern promise trying to reach this side overnight, led by quite a few redwing flight calls.   In reality night migrants were thin on the ground - probably mainly the final leftovers from the fall on  30 Sept and a few subsequent 'tricklers'.   At least rock bottom numbers highlight any new influxes!

Coverage was very good today with Dan putting in a stint around Heysham Head.  

Crickets
The night migrant possibilities lacked so little prospect that Jean went and recorded the first Short-winged Coneheads from ocean edge saltmarsh (using bat detector) whilst also checking what the tide kicked off

Vismig over a) Middleton NR b) Heysham Head
Redwing 5, 3
Grey Wagtail 2
alba Wagtail 9, 5
Pink-footed Goose 7, 102
Reed Bunting 4
Meadow Pipit 2, 9
Chaffinch 2, 5
Skylark 11, 17
Tree Sparrow 0, 7
Jackdaw - 8

Grounded
VERY little in addition to birds ringed
Goldcrest - c14 (8 ringed)
Song Thrush - 10
Chiffchaff - 4 (two ringed)
Stonechat - one Heysham barrows
Thanks Dan

Red nab and area mudflats
Med gull - 5 ad, 2 2cy
Little gull - ad
Snipe - 7 oe saltmarsh
Linnet - 25
Peregrine -1
Kestrel - 1

Harbour wall
Rock pipit - 2

Thanks Janet

Ringing
About 38 new birds between Middleton and Heysham (5 nets) with most of the grounded migrant element on Middleton: Included:  Goldcrest (8), Chiffchaff (2), Pied Wagtail (5), 2-3 Wren and Robin of probable migrant/dispersive status and Grey Wagtail & Reed Bunting (one each)

Insects
Speckled Wood - tatty one Middleton
Migrant Hawker - 3
Common Darter - 2
Red Admiral - 4

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