The observatory was set up in 1980. It involves ringing,'vis mig' counts (including seabirds) and general monitoring in the Heysham Nature reserve/power stations/harbour area. The statutory moth trap is in place and also a daily log for butterflies, dragonflies etc.
We share an office, kindly provided by EDF Energy, with the County Wildlife Trust. This is located next to the Nature Reserve car park. Do call in. Please leave sightings in the letterbox, ESPECIALLY 'fly-by' seabirds.
Wednesday, 10 April 2019
Chilly start (2C) rising to 12C by early afternoon.
Still ENE wind theoretically causing migrants to drift, seemingly drifting too far east as the vismig count from 07:15 to 10:00 comprised:
Meadow Pipit 10
Redpoll sp 1
Alba Wagtail 2
Carrion Crow 3.
Kittiwake 14 into Bay
Or perhaps the crystal clear sky caused the birds to fly too high making them less visible to the watchers on the ground.
Night migrants even less visible with just one Willow Warbler caught.
More visible were 4 Little Egrets feeding near Outfall 1.
The Guillemot was invisible early morning due to dredging activity in the inner harbour but was visible again in the evening.
The Purple Sandpiper was invisible throughout despite repeated searches amongst 93 Turnstone.
A pair of Teal sunned themselves on the skeer at low tide.
Two hours before high tide the Shag flew from Heysham Head towards the wooden jetty.
A couple of white Wagtails dropped,in on the roundhead in the evening. Here’s one of them: