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

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Early returning little gull

Ad summer little gull Heysham two outfall

Med gull - 10 adult, one 2cy, one Juv

71 Eider and four g c grebe low tide channels this am


No joy this evening at Middleton - single singing Grasshopper Warbler and a Brown Hawker still flying at 2203

Med gull - 5ad, one 2cy as seen from ocean edge early stages incoming tide

Greenfinch female ringed as a Juv in 2012 was caught by the office in rain interrupted session otherwise notable for a willow warbler and a blackcap!

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Two juv Meds

 Not much else today - the Webs failed to reveal the Shag and it may have moved on

Med gull - 7 ad, one 2cy and two juvs pre tide, one Juv left for Webs count as 10m tide cleared most things out of the area

Small copper butterfly in SD35Z new for tetrad and a painted lady was seen on Middleton

Saturday, 14 July 2018

The mythical Wall Brown reappears

Thanks Malcolm - all four Rock Pipit somewhere here

Whimbrel - 1 inshore
Curlew - 304 Red Nab
Med Gull - 11 x ad, 2 x 2CY Red Nab

Reed Warbler juv ringed next to office

Humming Bird Hawk-moth and Wall brown photographed on buddleia at southern end of landscape strip - where it meets the egress route

Interesting day - Friday posting

A heron emerged from the reedbed area just before dusk and gave a prolonged view of flight silhoeuttte before heading south east.   Once it had sorted itself out in level flight any worries about the initial ‘take-off’ views were dissipated and it was clearly a bittern for the observer with optics, not a possible night heron.   Always have optics at hand even though you are set up to deal with a swallow catch as rapidly as possible before dusk!

Dead harbour porpoise in harbour

Only c35 swallow this evening -21 ringed

Sand Martin - one juvenile ringed

The two rock pipit young were still being fed by one parent with the other fairly close by but ignoring them.   Still giving food begging calls!

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Juv med and early swallow roost

Juv med red nab just before high tide plus two adults but most of gulls had moved off
23 adult Meds were feeding between No.1 outflow and wooden jetty on rising tide 20:00

At least 200 Swallow roosting Middleton Nr

Having serious trouble with very slow and ‘freezing’ computer late evening at home.   Please could you post your own pics thanks


Reports of northern brown and brown Argus in the recording area to be confirmed

Max of 6 med gulls

Rock pipits feeding at least  two young, no sign of the other pair

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Rock Pipit confirmed breeding

Its a bit complicated, but we have definite evidence now with two recently fledged young being fed on 6th July and earlier pics showing insects being taken to the nest by both parents.  Thanks very much to John Dent for alerting us to this as it would perhaps otherwise have remained on Flickr

More detail later

Coastal coverage
Curlew - 400 exactly Red Nab and 15 nearby on mud at HT
Whimbrel - 4
Bar-tailed Godwit - 1
Ringed Plover - 3
Redshank - 31
Med Gull - max of 14 this evening

Common Sandpiper - 2 by wooden jetty

Monday, 9 July 2018

Med gulls again

Another no show for rock pipit - not looking good.

15 meds this evening on outfalls

Two ringlet Heysham Nr

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Reasonable CES

Middleton CES produced a few warblers including a Reed Warbler from elsewhere to continue an impressive year for birds ringed elsewhere

Unfortunately not the case with Meds with numbers suppressed as heysham one outfall is not in full flow for about a month.   Max of 5 ads seen today and no reports of Shag or Rock Pipits

Singing Male grasshopper warbler middleton central marsh - first for a bit and the usual Cetti’s singing in the central marsh

Pic update for last few days tomorrow

Saturday, 7 July 2018

Baby birds at the feeder

Inshore coverage saw a maximum of 6 ad and 2 2CY Med reported and at least 180 Curlew at high tide on Red Nab

Ringing by the office produce about half a dozen each of baby Dunnock, Blue Tit, Great Tit (including one ringed in our nestbox), Chaffinch but a bit of a dearth of Green and Goldfinches. 2-3 each of Chiffchaff, Whitethroat and Willow Warbler.

A Yellow-tail moth resided on the shaded side of the office wall all day and a Grey Seal was off the outfalls

Friday, 6 July 2018

Meds and end of the moth trap

The seemingly simple process of changing the security lights on the office to motion sensor has been lost in a tangle of bureaucracy/inertia somewhere in Manchester.  The security lights on full blast all night renders the moth trap completely useless.  A few moths were coming through the window but not worth a special journey to check a handful and obviously not on to leave them in there to die, so the window was boarded up and the room will be extra storage space.   Very frustrating example of a subcontract where there are no obvious appraisals in place (comment by pete marsh as lancashire county Moth recorder)

Med gull - four adults by Heysham  one power station outfall

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Ringlets reach the dog walk track

Thanks to Janet and Malcolm for info

Med Gull - 6 x ads on drop tide evening the max count - including right leg metal ringed bird

'Thinly spread' sums up Ringlet status with presence along the dog track for the first time

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Green Sandpiper still present

Green Sandpiper still on Middleton Tim Butler pond

Little Grebe plus at least one young still

Obvious Otter activity on Middleton overnight targeting signal crayfish

Very quick negative check for Rock Pipit otherwise no coastal coverage

White plume moth in moth trap

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Mixed bag of action

Rock Pipit - seen on power station fence

Shag - the 2CY in wing moult in harbour

Med Gull - 10 x Ad including metal ringed bird, 1 x3CY with either orange or red darvic, 2 x 2CY

Green Sandpiper - one Middleton Tim Butler pond for large part of day

Ringing at Middleton - a real mixed bag, mainly Willow Warbler and Whitethroat.  Oddity was an adult male Swallow ringed as a juvenile in a Middleton roost in August 2015 and a female Cetti's Warbler with a brood patch is the nearest we have got to breeding this year so far.  One juvenile Grasshopper Warbler but it looks like a lot of the Sedge Warblers have moved off

Ringlet drifted along the track between central and western marsh  

Monday, 2 July 2018

More meds

Rock pipit seen very briefly by wooden jetty

Med gull: - 5 ads and two 2cy.   Only ring seen was on the presumed regular metal ringed ad

Whimbrel - 1

Ringlet -  4 plus middleton

Nothing of note in Moth trap

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Rock Pipit again

Single Rock Pipit frequenting the west quay and the area above the waterfall, hopefully the off duty male as the other bird should in theory still be sitting

Little Grebe with at least one young Middleton

Med Gull:  3 x ad and 1 x 3CY - no real build up yet with Heysham one outfall birdless during the latter stages of the outage

Depressaria badiella in the moth trap; best of rest a Common Emerald but trap not really fully operational yet due to the tortuous process of resetting the security lights to motion sensor

30th June - Male little ringed plover photographed by oe slipway