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, 25 September 2019
Limited coverage today to mist netting and vis at Heyshsm and Middleton
More tomorrow but the day included:
Whitethroat - late bird Heysham NR
Chiffchaff - 22 ringed, mainly Heysham
Blackcap - about 12 ringed
Grey Wagtail - just two over and one ringed
Reed Bunting - 7 migrants ringed at Middleton
Middleton Nature Reserve -early afternoon
House Martin 1
Little grebe 3 (1sp)
Plus this shoveler like duck, with dubious pedigree (MD)
Still plenty of dragonflies when the sun cam out. Brown and Migrant Hawkers plus Common Darters.