Friday, 17 August 2018

Bonxie and gull mystery

A distant small gull on the outer outfalls initially though to be Little was seen this morning, then re-identified as a 'small black-headed gull' but no sign of a candidate at lunchtime when I got there and no decent view of eg bill or underwings (now winter ad Little there same time).  

Little Gull - usual ad seaward end of outfalls, now in winter plumage and 2/3 of way through primary moult
Arctic Tern - juv out slowly lunchtime, two juvs on Red Nab in late afternoon then flew south (earlier on outfalls)
Common Tern - at least one juv remaining on the outfalls late afternoon
Taken through the spray and rain - thanks Malcolm
Sandwich tern - ad out quickly
Kittiwake - ad out quickly - all three of the birds in transit thought to be associated with IOM ferry arrival a few minutes beforehand, then ad on outfalls very briefly late afternoon
Med Gull - At least 12 adult, 2 2CY, 6 juv
Shag - summering 2CY on wooden jetty
Bonxie (Great Skua) - one in about 1530
Manx Shearwater - gang of three in in short period of decent visibility

Tufted Duck - moulting male Middleton
Flock of 30 unringed Long-tailed Tit Middleton

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Arctic Tern

Thanks for the pics Janet

A Juv Arctic Tern appeared on the outfalls near HT

Meds - 4 juvs, 4 2cy, at least 4 ads

Little gull - ad early am

Great crested grebe - 3 in low tide channel

Eider - only 6 could be found at low tide

Grey Seal - 1

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Juv med influx

Photos will be added tomorrow Janet

At least 6 Juv Meds low tide mid am also at least two ad and two 2cy
Later at least three juvs around at HT

Ad little gull obliging for visiting birder at HT on Heysham Two

Shag - 2cy around then on woodenjetty

Whimbrel - one oe saltmarsh

Little egret - at least 6 mid am

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

A few bits and bobs

Low tide channel am check produced four Great-crested Grebe but only 35 Eider

A ringing session by the office took the Lesser Whitethroat ringing total for the year to 52 - a large number by this time of the autumn for here.  Other warblers were singles of Blackcap, Whitethroat and Chiffchaff

Janet had a productive photographic session with Med Gulls with German ANLT showing well and a nice juv.  Thanks for these Janet


Monday, 13 August 2018

Webs and Ringing

 Nothing much to say about today in terms of highlights as the outfalls and red nab were not covered and the Shag eluded the Webs count

A garden warbler and three Lesser Whitethroat were amongst small numbers of warblers caught at Middleton

Calomorpha Paludella is still very scarce north of the Ribble and one was in an actinic set at Middleton

Sunday, 12 August 2018

Another report writing day!

Quick check of outfalls early stages incoming tide saw about 20 Med gull but only two juvs

Little gull - adult seaward end Heysham one

Only 6 swallow in roost this pm

Med gull LCG re-read this evening (thsnks Richard)

Saturday, 11 August 2018

Good number of warblers again

Ringing at Middleton saw over 50 new warblers as follows:  Whitethroat (18), Lesser Whitethroat (7), Blackcap (7), Willow Warbler (10), Cetti's Warbler (1), Sedge Warbler (5), Reed Warbler (3) plus two Jays in the net at the same time!  Once again, tit flocks notable by their absence

Elsewhere there were about 24 Med Gulls this evening but rain stopped play.  A Red darvic adult on Red Nab in am

Little Gull - ad this am
Sanderling - summer adult Red Nab with c700 Dunlin and many more of the latter down the tideline to the south
Rock Pipit - two Half Moon Bay beach

Friday, 10 August 2018

A work day

Nothing of real novelty seen on the incoming tide this am with very few Meds left at 0915.  This evening there were 32 between Heysham one and the wooden jetty (12 2cy, 2 Juv, rest ad or 3cy)

Whimbrel - at least two
No sign putative 2cy yellow legged gull
Little egret - 7.
Fewer Dunlin red nab but c3k in total

Thursday, 9 August 2018

24 Meds this evening ( two juvs)

What seems to be a 2cy yellow-legged gull this am

Dunlin - 1450 red nab
Whimbrel - 3
Redshank - 470 heliport

More tomorrow

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Dunlin fest but seagulls nosedive

sandwich tern - ad red nab
Dunlin -c3700 - 1600 of these on red nab
Med gull - just 9 including German ringed ad
Whimbrel - 3
Little gull - ad

At least two adult plus one immature Little grebe at MNR. No sign of Green sandpiper today.

Forgot to add single Bk t godwit for yesterday

Tuesday fare

momentous day with a north east bound Great White egret a new species for me at Heysham (c0805)

Next best a Tree Pipit

About 15 Meds a massive reduction

C1500 Dunlin Red Nab

Shag still about

Fewer birds on Ringing sessions with only Whitethroat in numbers (11 ringed)

Monday, 6 August 2018

Two coots

Coot - now two on Middleton
Little grebe - youngster still being fed
Green sandpiper - usual place Tim butler pond

Sunday, 5 August 2018

Anything but a Med

No-one mentioned Med Gulls today but there were plenty of other odds and ends

Ringing saw coverage of Middleton with 6 nets and Heysham office with 3 nets and about equal numbers of new birds at each site, with 114 new ones.  Highlights:

Cetti's Warbler - new juveniles were ringed in both the western and central marshes along with a different brood "1J" i.e. very recently out of the nest in the central marsh - nice CES captures in central marsh nets
Other warblers - 57 new ones ringed between the two sites:  Reed (5), Sedge (7), Lesser White (7), White (20), Garden  (1), Chiff (1), Willow (13) and Blackcap (3)
Tree Pipit - one ringed western marsh - the only one encountered
Great-spotted Woodpecker - juvenile ringed

Rock Pipit - at least two along half-moon bay shore
Shag - 2CY feeding in harbour 

Saturday, 4 August 2018

Green sand reappears

Med numbers seem to be about half what they were - similarly Black-headed

About 21 Meds but very few adults today (12 2CY)

Green Sandpiper - Tim Butler pond

Whimbrel - Red Nab

Canada Goose - A group of 26 Canada Geese flew SW along the shoreline off Heysham Village Bay, followed shortly afterwards by c.30 south over Knowlys Road, Heysham, plus another 6 on the edge of the low tide channel of Royds Avenue this am (per Pete Crooks)

Friday, 3 August 2018

2CY Yellow-legged Gull

Quite a striking 2CY white-headed large gull in the Red Nab roost seemed to tick the boxes for Yellow-legged Gull.  Several record shots taken - more will be added tomorrow.  Impressions of the striking tail pattern are hinted at in some of the shots but unfortunately it flew off south on its own soon after another birder was put on to it - definitely on the move as it didn't drop in with the secondary roost off Ocean Edge saltmarsh.  NB bill is all-dark - trick of the light in pic below

Little Gull - ad
Med Gull - much reduced numbers with only 11 located on incoming tide but at least 20 later on after the tide, including at least one, probably two unread 2CY
Grey Plover - 210 on mudflats S of Ocean Edge
Willow Warbler - two at the new migrant hotspot where PF was yesterday!

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Migrant Pied Flycatcher

This was great but threw into sharp focus how time is passing us by without much coverage, ringing-wise, of the warbler passage due to a variety of reasons.   Rain tomorrow followed by some sunny north-westerly rubbish on Saturday, marginal on Sunday but a decent looking day on Monday, so hopefully the timing of the bits of rain next week will be favourable and coincide with availability

Thanks very much to Richard and Margaret & Mark for having a go at the Meds today.  Unfortunately the great wadge of juveniles did not seem to include the two darvic-ringed birds present the other day, with one of these missing being read by literally a micro-second! Such is the frustration of ring-reading which requires a heap of patience.   The two regular green-ringed German adults were read again today

Pied Flycatcher - one f/imm flycatching from the inner security fence near the reed bed by Heysham one power station outfall.  No pics as per protocol there
Med Gull - min of 59 incoming tide mid-pm - 17 juvs, 5 2CY, 8 3CY, rest adults.  By that time some of the Red Nab gathering will probably have moved off across the sandflats
Little Gull - ad now lost virtually all sp on head - unless a different bird - pretty quick!

Med Gull update
1A121586/Green ASRE
10.06.2016  Nestling  Rehbach Gravel Pit, Leipzig, Sachsen 51° 15' 54'' N 12° 17' 4'' E
15.07.2016 Rehbach Gravel Pit, Leipzig, Sachsen 51° 15' 54'' N 12° 17' 4'' E
25.12.2016 Azurara, Vila do Conde, Porto Portugal 41° 20' 25'' N 8° 44' 38'' W
08.03.2017 Mouth of river Piles, Gijon, Asturias Spain 43° 32' 30'' N 5° 38' 43'' W
10.03.2017 Playa El Rinconin, Gijon, Asturias Spain 43° 32' 54'' N 5° 38' 19'' W
10.03.2017 Playa El Rinconin, Gijon, Asturias Spain 43° 32' 54'' N 5° 38' 19'' W
12.03.2017 Playa El Rinconin, Gijon, Asturias Spain 43° 32' 54'' N 5° 38' 19'' W
23.03.2017 Playa de San Lorenzo, Gijon, Asturias Spain 43° 32' 32'' N 5° 39' 10'' W
25.05.2017 Rehbach Gravel Pit, Leipzig, Sachsen Germany 51° 15' 54'' N 12° 17' 4'' E
22.06.2017 Gunners Park, Shoeburyness, Essex England 51° 31' 32'' N 0° 46' 58'' E
12.09.2017 Heysham Power Station Outfalls, Lancashire, England 54° 1' 52'' N 2° 55' 27'' W
05.02.2018 Playa de San Lorenzo, Gijon, Asturias Spain 43° 32' 32'' N 5° 39' 10'' W
01.04.2018 Montmirail Landfill, colony, Sarthe France 48° 6' 35'' N 0° 45' 55'' E
31.07.2018 Heysham Power Station Outfalls, Lancashire, England 54° 1' 52'' N 2° 55' 27'' W
02.08.2018 Heysham Power Station Outfalls, Lancashire, England 54° 1' 52'' N 2° 55' 27'' W

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Juvenile Meds

A very quick check as the tide was turning saw most of the Med Gulls actively feeding and it was a good opportunity to count the number of Juvs.  There were at least nine but counting the older birds was very difficult and not undertaken

Other stuff
Shag - wooden jetty
Whimbrel - Red Nab
Little Gull - outfalls

Med Gull sighting
News through on LCG (not LCC as published earlier).  This probably moulted at Heysham during the intervening year but the birds are very hard to document as they have better food supplies than a loaf of bread!
LCG/3693897    pullus    24/06/2010  De Kreupel Island, Ijsselmeer, Noord-Holland, NL 52,48N 5,14E                 
                             19/08/2010  Knott, End-on-Sea,Lancashire, GB  53,35N 2,59W  Batty, Chris
                             20/08/2010  Cocker's Dyke, Pilling Lane, Lancashire, GB  53,35N 2,57W  Batty, Chris
                             20/02/2011  Malaga harbour, Malaga, SPAIN  36,43N 4,25W  Garcia, Rafa
                             11/08/2013  Heysham Harbour, Lancashire, GB  54,02N 2,55W  Prestwood, Mark
                             09/01/2015  Olhao salinas, Algarve, PORTUGAL  37,02N 7,48W  Waasdorp, Stef
                             19/01/2016  Santa Cruz, La Coruña, SPAIN  43,21N 8,2W  López Porto, Antonio
                             18/01/2017  Playa San Lorenzo, Gijón, Asturias, SPAIN  43,32N 5,39W  Diaz Pallares, Ivan
                             29/12/2017  Playa de El Rinconin, Gijón, Asturias, SPAIN  43,32N 5,38W  Fernandez Gonzalez, César
                             21/01/2018  Playa San Lorenzo, Gijón, Asturias, SPAIN  43,32N 5,39W  Fernandez Gonzalez, César
                             30/01/2018  Playa San Lorenzo, Gijón, Asturias, SPAIN  43,32N 5,39W  Fernandez Gonzalez, César
                             31/01/2018  Playa San Lorenzo, Gijón, Asturias, SPAIN  43,32N 5,39W  Fernandez Gonzalez, César
                             02/02/2018  Playa San Lorenzo, Gijón, Asturias, SPAIN  43,32N 5,39W  Diaz Pallares, Ivan
                             03/02/2018  Playa de El Rinconin, Gijón, Asturias, SPAIN  43,32N 5,38W  Fernandez Gonzalez, César
                             08/02/2018  Playa de El Rinconin, Gijón, Asturias, SPAIN  43,32N 5,38W  Fernandez Gonzalez, César
                             09/02/2018  Playa de El Rinconin, Gijón, Asturias, SPAIN  43,32N 5,38W  Diaz Pallares, Ivan
                             31/07/2018  Heysham,outfalls Lancashire, GB  54,03N 2,54W

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Meds reach record levels but a few dog problems on Red Nab

Having said that it was another frustrating day for ring-reading until Richard in the evening when three were read - all adults from previous years, hopefully with some interesting sightings since they were last read here - this time due to scope shake and alarm calling large gulls

Arctic Tern - ad and juv outfalls/Red Nab

Thanks Janet
Med Gull - 62 (12 2CY, 4 juv, rest ad or 3CY) - record count
Little Gull - ad
Shag - 2Cy wooden jetty at high tide
Dunlin - 1,100 on Red Nab until flushed by Red Setter
Green Sandpiper - one Middleton NR
Little Grebe - two ad one juv Middleton NR
Kingfisher - IOA (year??) Middleton

Two days running of dog problems on Red Nab - one of the dog walking companies yesterday - not one I am familiar with and comprising a single lady with an unnamed company.   Today a very distinctive lady in green with a red setter & smaller black dog and hair dyed the same colour as the Red Setter!

Please try and find an opportunity to explain about high tide roosts if you come across any flushing incidents - especially any perceived (likely repetitive) dog walking companies.

Recent recoveries not already mentioned:
S784839          Juv       13/08/17          Middleton
Recaptured      Ad F     09/06/18          Thornton (Merseyside) 60km S 300 days.

This is the second time a Middleton ringed juvenile has been caught at Thornton during the breeding season

Med Gull
FS32314/PRK4   Breeding 3CY F   26/5/18  Wisla, Mazowieckie, POLAND 52 28N 19 57E
Seen                                                  26/7/18    Heysham Red Nab    1518km WNW            

Monday, 30 July 2018

Meds getting near record levels

................but a very frustrating time with ring reading with a badly timed weather front and rain on glasses and optics

Med Gull - 49; 35 Ad/3CY, 8 2CY, 6 juv.  Absolute minimum of 7 colour-ringed birds: 3 x green ad, one x red ad, one x white ad, one x white juv, one ad with a ring with a 'pale' background.  None read today due to the best period being very wet

Sandwich Tern - one off Heysham skeer evening

To be added

Saturday, 28 July 2018

Yet more Meds

Ad Med and Ad Little incoming tide this am
Unringed juv outfalls (thanks Malcolm)

Thanks to Richard for persevering in horrible conditions this morning with the attempted Med ring-reading
So far then:

R13E - returning French bird seen here in at least three late summers since 2011 - must have a decent life history now - white letters on green background

Nestling15/06/2009Oye Plage, Les Huttes d'Oye, Pas-de-Calais, FRANCE  50,59N 2,03E
Seen20/09/2009Le Portel, Pas-de-Calais, FRANCE  50,42N 1,34E
Seen07/02/2010Piriac-sur-Mer, Loire-Atlantique, FRANCE  47,23N 2,33W
Seen18/02/2010Piriac-sur-Mer, Loire-Atlantique, FRANCE  47,23N 2,33W
Seen21/04/2010Barbâtre, Polder de Sebastopol, Vendée, FRANCE  46,56N 2,09W
Seen27/04/2011Barbâtre, Polder de Sebastopol, Vendée, FRANCE  46,56N 2,09W
Seen03/08/2011Heysham outfalls
Seen21/07/2013Heysham outfalls
Seen22/07/2013Heysham outfalls
Seen31/12/2014Noyalo, étang, Pont Grandic, Noyalo, Morbihan, FRANCE  47,37N 2,41W
Seen05/07/2015Heysham outfalls
Seen23/07/2016Heysham outfalls
Seen06/03/2017Playa de El Rinconin, Gijón, Asturias, SPAIN  43,32N 5,38W
Seen28/07/2018Heysham outfalls

ANLT - white letters on green background.  Another returning bird which has been re-ringed on the nest (German)

5405056/AKRS then replaced with ANLT from 22.05.2016
Nestling M16.06.2012 Pionierinsel Lühe, Steinkirchen, Stade, Niedersachsen, GERMANY 53 34N 9 36E
Seen08.07.2013 Heysham outfalls
Seen13.07.2013 Heysham outfalls
Seen21.07.2013 Heysham outfalls
Seen14.05.2016 Pionierinsel Lühe, Steinkirchen, Stade, Niedersachsen, GERMANY 53 34N 9 36E
Caught/nest22.05.2016Pionierinsel Lühe, Steinkirchen, Stade, Niedersachsen, GERMANY 53 34N 9 36E
Seen31.03.2017Pionierinsel Lühe, Steinkirchen, Stade, Niedersachsen, GERMANY 53 34N 9 36E
Seen30.08.2017Heysham outfalls
Seen28.07.2018Heysham outfalls

PKR4 - white letters on red background - Polish - no info yet

Please do have a go at ring reading if you are down there - at least one more adult, one 3CY and two

juvs seen in recent days which have not been read.   Low or early incoming tide probably best

Reed Warbler - just received info of a Reed Warbler caught on 4/5/18 when there was a massive

fall of migratory warblers, including two Belgian, one French and one British Sedge Warbler controls 
(on a CES!).  This Reed Warbler has just recently been caught on territory at Lough Neagh,
Northern Ireland where they are still pretty scarce and relatively recent colonists.   One previous
example of a spring-ringed bird subsequently breeding elsewhere in the same season was
just across the Bay at Barrow!!
Richard's Donaghey's email this am:
"I'm sure your guys will have picked up on this but we are very pleased to have our first Reed
Warbler recovery. We only began ringing along the west shore of Lough Neagh last year with two visits and
we were very pleased to ring c120 Sedge Warblers and an amazing 30 Reed Warblers, which from your time
in NI, you'll know this is a massive total! We were very surprised that that we didn't get a single control from
c150 acros, even on the way back north this spring. On the first visit this year that changed when we caught
your Middleton Reed Warbler and  French Sedge Warbler, hopefully more to come"
Little Gull - ad around
Shag - wooden jetty

Whimbrel - saltmarsh

Friday, 27 July 2018

More Meds

Med Gull - totals for the day saw minimum 35 adult/3CY, one 3CY, 7 2CY and three juvs = 46
Little Gull - adult
Shag - 2CY wooden jetty
Dunlin - 400 or so
Curlew - 180 plus including bird with red flag above tarsus left leg

Migrant Hawker by wooden jetty

Little Grebe & young Middleton

Latish Poplar Hawk-moth in trap

Thursday, 26 July 2018

Ringed Meds

Med Gull: At least five with darvic rings - many sat and legs not viewable -  Adults with green darvic (3), unspecified pale colour (1) and red (1) with juv seen very briefly with a 'pale colour ring' on Red Nab on incoming tide - very frustrating as couldn't quite read any of them with my eyes, but Pete had more luck with at least one of them

At least 23 Med in total (3 juv, 4 2cy, one obvious 3cy, rest ad/3cy)

Dunlin - unexpected invasion of 1,100-1,200 - nearly all in summer plumage - some flew off, but many stayed on the outer edge of Red Nab on the incoming tide

Little Ringed Plover - adult again by slipway on OE
Common Sandpiper - one by wooden jetty
Wheatear - first of autumn along OE foreshore
Coal Tit - juvenile ringed by Heysham NR office
Reed Warbler - juv ringed by Hey NR office

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Another young Cetti’s warbler

Ringing at Middleton saw a decent selection of mainly warblers with young Cetti’s and young Garden Warbler notable - the latter certainly did not breed within song-audible range of the usual areas covered this year.   No Grasshopper Warbler though

The shore fractionally after high tide held 22 Med Gulls, all adult or 3cy apart from two 2cy and just one Juv

The Middleton Webs saw the first two Snipe of the autumn, one Coot, Little Grebe with young and a welcome reduction to just four Mute Swans.  About 17 Gadwall were visible

The low key office Moth trap is turning up a few odds and ends and Catoptria margaritella was an unexpected visitor from the moors this am

Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Juv med influx and Treecreeper at last

One of these has a darvic with black letters on a dark background but I just can’t quite read it. Another seen more briefly before it sat down had white lettering on a 'dark' background.  Five in total and 18 Meds altogether on Red Nab.  None of the older birds where the legs were visible (8) appeared to be ringed, so if you are down there, please concentrate on juvs.  Thanks.

Greenshank and summer plum Knot

Ad Little Gull which promptly disappeared!

Shag - 2cy feeding off Throbshaw Point (Heysham Head rocks) at high water.
Rock pipit - still at least three between Half Moon Bay and Heysham Head
Tree creeper - juvenile ringed by HNR office

Monday, 23 July 2018

High tide check

Shag - 2CY on wooden jetty - moulting in to more adult-type body plumage

Little Gull - ad summer (re)appears
Med Gull - 13 scattered on sand flats to south or (just 3) on Red Nab - no juvs seen
Whimbrel - one heliport seawall. Four Ocean Edge
Redshank - 270 heliport seawall
Common Sandpiper - one wooden jetty area

Office area
Juvenile Swallow with brand new ring caught Z7593xx

The Middleton actinic held a Mompha, either substrigella or sturnipennella TBC.  At the other size extreme, an Old Lady and the SD45-infrequent Lesser Swallow and Pale Prominents.  Straw Underwing, as usual topping the Heysham trap catch with 8 and nothing special in there .

Sunday, 22 July 2018

More bits and pieces

Only about 10 scattered Swallows at the roost tonight but 19 Swift flew south in the hour before dusk

Five Little Egret and two Whimbrel Red Nab

This Holly Blue and a Garden Tiger on vegetation near Red Nab (thanks Malcolm)

Saturday, 21 July 2018

Nice mix

Ringing saw the first rather belated juvenile Cetti’s Warbler of the year.  Next best we’re two juvenile  Grasshopper Warblers ringed and the Green Sandpiper reappeared on the Tim Butler pond

Little grebe plus young seen again as were the 27 Gadwall

At least five adult and two Juv Med gulls on outfalls

Two rock pipit of unknown age were on half moon bay beach

Middleton Moth trap held five species of Wainscot and a Pale Prominent

Friday, 20 July 2018

From heat haze to drizzly murk

One outfalls check saw 3 ad and one Juv med gulls and that was it!

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Off day

A few heat hazy Meds on red nab this pm was about it with no reports of Little gull or the rock pipit family on Heysham half moon bay (checked)

A few Straw Underwing in the reopened Moth trap, next best probably Lime speck Pug

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Mixed bag

Multi-genera highlights notably a soldier fly known as the Banded General which was found on the path by Heysham Nr office - this is one of the most North-westerly records of a species which is hardly going to be overlooked!

Next best was a Hummingbird Hawk-Moth near the bottle dump on Middleton NR

Outfalls saw at least one mobile adult Little Gull and a cursory check saw 7 Meds

Top two by Malcolm, bottom by Pete Woodruff - thanks for these

Ringing by the office was very productive with just short of fifty new birds including 5-6 each of both Whitethroats and Willow warbler and single out of habitat Reed and Sedge warblers